Monday, January 24, 2011

Moving around Florida

We enjoyed our time in Wauchula. Most days we either toured or played cards with Bob & Linda. We went to visit Solomon's Castle. The castle and everything in it is made of recycled products and the guide tells something humorous about everything. The Lipizzaner Stallions train in the area so off we went. After touring the stable and getting up close with the horses we went to the outdoor arena to watch the horses perform. All of us enjoyed the show. We next moved up to the Tampa area. The campground was typical of a lot of Florida campgrounds in very tight coders. We stayed in tourist mode. 1st we went to Ybor city. It’s were Tampa had it’s beginnings with we cigar rolling industry but now it’s shops and places to eat. Robins friend told us to eat at the Columbia and have the 1905 salad. We stopped there but they had a long waiting list so we decided to move on. We had asked him if he had a place he would recommend for a Cuban sandwich (Smoked ham, pork, salami, Swiss cheese, dill pickle and mustard on hot Cuban bread) and we decided to head there. It was a local diner type restaurant over near the stadium. We were the only folks there that didn’t speak Spanish. The sandwich was great. Another day we went over to Tampa Electric to watch the Manatee’s. Manatee’s require warm water and when the gulf & Tampa Bay gets cold they migrate to  warmer spring fed areas or near power plants where cooling tower water warms the nearby water. At Tampa electric they have a pier where we could walk out in the clear water to observe the manatees. We also saw catfish, tarpons, stingrays and hammerhead sharks swimming in the warm waters. The next day we went to a local flea and produce market. We got another 1/2 flat Plant City Strawberries, tomatoes, salt potatoes, snap peas, cabbage, squash and a melon for $12. Our last stop in the area was the Pier in St Pete. There was some shops there but mostly we enjoyed watching the pelicans and other birds. The main reason for going was there was a Columbia restaurant  there. We both had a Cuban sandwich, a cup of Spanish bean soup and a fantastic 1905 salad ( The Columbia's legendary salad tossed at your table. Crisp iceberg lettuce with julienne of baked ham, natural Swiss cheese, tomato, olives, grated Romano cheese and our famous garlic dressing (our 100 year old family recipe of fresh garlic, oregano, wine vinegar and Spanish extra virgin olive oil). The week went by fast and we know we’ll return to the Tampa area. We’re now over in the Orlando area. We’re going to take some down time then do a few Disney things. Not sure what but it won’t be the theme parks. For now it’s time to catch up on some maintenance on the vehicles.

1 comment:

squawmama said...

Hi... I came by your blog because we are going to be at the luncheon tomorrow and I was checking out some of the folks and adding them to my blog... I have added you and anxious to meet you both tomorrow. We are from Pinellas county (parked here for the winter)and if we had known you we would have met you for lunch while you were at the pier. Perhaps next time. Looking forward to becomming blogging buddies and meeting you!
Have fun & Travel Safe