Thursday, March 22, 2018
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Just a few years ago, one of the attractions at Silver Springs was a large area filled with exotic creatures such as alligators, flamingos, Florida panthers, etc. A boardwalk meandered through the area which also contained rest rooms, small cafes, benches and caged reptiles. It was a wonderful place to spend an hour or two.
That's all gone now. In its place is a brand new boardwalk which rises over a small tributary that leads from a kayak/canoe entrance to the Silver River. The boardwalk continues to circle around the lush Florida landscape for about a quarter of a mile.
The sign above describes the work of Mr. Ross Allen who spent his life in this area caring for the animals and introducing several generations of visitors to the fauna of central Florida. Unfortunately, Mr. Allen is gone also, and while the new boardwalk is interesting it would be rare if you saw any species of non-human animals as you walked it.
The above photo shows a few of the folks who have just begun their kayaking/paddleboarding trip. Some will go under the boardwalk out to the Silver River, and others will turn right and and float down the tributary until they come to another entrance to the Silver River at which point they can continue to the larger river or turn around and head back.
Please note the man in the rear, kneeling on his paddleboard. We're going to meet him again.
Oh, here he is, paddle in hand, getting ready to make the turn south. You'd think he was an experienced paddleboarder at this point.
Not too far down the tributary, it widens and persons walking the boardwalk can get some nice photos of the typical central Florida flora. Note the large tree/log which is protruding from under the boardwalk out into the canal.
And it's at this point we meet up with our paddleboarding friend one more time. It appears he has fallen off his board. We, along with some other folks, stopped to look at him curiously as it's rare to see people in the water here what with alligators lurking nearby.
But we soon realized he wasn't having fun, he was having a hard time. The current is very swift and he was unable to get back up on the board. He'd duck his head, push as hard as he could, but when he lifted his head and spit out water, he hadn't gone more than an inch.
Two young men, tall and muscular stopped briefly. When they heard he was in trouble, they walked off. (Later I saw one of them eating an ice cream cone.) Meanwhile, our friend continued to struggle. More people stopped to watch. A couple said they'd go for help.
Finally, another younger man climbed over the boardwalk railing and urged him on. Eventually, our paddleboarder was able to get close enough to the bank where the current eased. The young man caught the front of the board with his foot to steady it and then another fellow stopped to help. The paddleboarder was able to hand this man his paddle and he used it to help push the man back up on the board.
"Whew," said the paddleboarder. "I was in trouble out there!"
And then, after a few minutes, he knelt down on the board and took off downstream, paddling away. I turned my camera off and sauntered down the boardwalk.
Nothing to see here folks, just keep moving along.
Monday, March 19, 2018
It was a beautiful warm day here in central Florida: High temps in the low 80s (F), bright sunshine, and very little wind.
We drove to Silver Springs State Park to see what was happening. The place was jammed. Many were probably here on spring break. The Silver River and its tributaries were crowded with kayakers and paddleboarders.
The gentleman pictured above was doing everything right on this paddleboard except that he's standing up, which I don't recommend, but he's attached his left ankle to the board and he's in complete control; more or less.
This is important for reasons which will become clear tomorrow.
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Friday, March 16, 2018
Thursday, March 15, 2018
We have family from out-of-town with us for a few days and I'll be posting and commenting sporadically. Things should be back to normal early next week. Best wishes to all my wonderful CDP friends!
Sunday, March 11, 2018
This is one of my artistic shots showing what an artiste I really am. As soon as word gets out, I expect to be overwhelmed by galleries wanting to show it in their main showing room. In fact, I've already gotten a call from Burke's Bar in Ireland. They want to hang it in their loo. Being an American, I'm not sure what the "loo" is but it must be important as many people visit it frequently.
I'm also not telling whose legs these are nor am I going to divulge the incredible long and difficult process involved in getting this photo to look so artistic and exciting.
It's already started! I just got an email from Arizona State University, of which I am an alumnus. They saw the photo and sent me some kind of affidavit. I'm not sure what it means but it said something about never divulging my previous affiliation with the school. I'm sure they're worried about how to deal with the huge crowds of people wanting to see it.
Kate's Gallery in St. Paul, Minnesota, has already priced it at $1,500,499. There's just one problem - I may have read the commas wrong. It's so cold up there that they can't write very clearly. And does the minus sign come in front of the number or at the rear of the number?
Doubtless, many of my blogger friends will want a copy for themselves as it's going to do better than Warhol's Campbell's soup can (You can buy a framed print of that for only $189.99 at Art.com). But please be patient as it's going to take some time to put together the business team I will need to process requests as they pour in.
Friday, March 9, 2018
Thursday, March 8, 2018
You may remember a few months ago, I wrote that the Trilogy trail system would be 21 miles long when it was finished. Banners flew along the main road into the resort advertising this 21-mile trail.
Well, after living here for awhile, we became skeptical that the trail would be that long unless you counted all the sidewalks, driveways and treks to the bathroom at night.
So, we questioned the length of the trail.
Shortly thereafter the banners were gone as were all references to this ultra long trail within the community. And while the trail is still mentioned in Trilogy's advertisements, references to its length have been omitted.
In conclusion, it is still a beautiful trail and we can easily ride 5-6 miles on our bikes. I'd guess it will ultimately be between 10-15 miles when completed.
The above photo is a small portion of the trail that runs alongside a local large horse farm.