Day Tripping

Tuesday February 16, 2016

The morning started off with the Manager’s Coffee, which is a get together with the Manager of Blueberry Hill and he brings you up to date on all of the things going on in the Resort.  New cable channels, Bushnell news, etc.

Then off to play shuffleboard.  Neither one of us won, but at least Cliff got his quarter back.  I have yet to get my quarter back, which means I am one of the lowest 5 scorers. Oh well, it is all fun.

The day is so pretty, we decided to try River Ratz for lunch. An outdoor cafe on the Withlacoochee River in Nobleton, FL.  They are not open on Monday and Tuesday.

Plan B – Drive through the Florida National Cemetery. Over 120,000 interments.  It is within the Withlacoochee State Forest in Bushnell, Florida.2016-02-16 11.45.212016-02-16 11.37.022016-02-16 11.37.06It is absolutely beautiful. There are committal shelters throughout the cemetery.2016-02-16 11.39.43It is a very large National Cemetery.  Wonderful place.2016-02-16 11.38.57 Continue reading

Florida State Parks

Sunday February 14, 2016

Day tripping – Beautiful day and no Resort activities, so we decided to explore a couple of state parks close by.

We headed east to Lake Griffin State Park in Fruitland Park, Florida.20160214_124019

They have the 2nd largest Live Oak tree in the State of Florida and it is believed to be 300-500 years old.  It was big.20160214_12292820160214_12283720160214_122720

The live oaks are beautiful.

20160214_121505A lot of fishing going on at the head of the 1,000 foot canal leading to Dead River, which empties into Lake Griffin.  Only 40 campsites available in this State Park.

Then we headed west to Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunnellon, Florida.  This was 42 miles from Lake Griffin.20160214_144611This is a beautiful park. Flowers blooming everywhere.20160214_14374820160214_14221820160214_143142

The water is crystal clear. Rainbow Springs is the 4th largest spring in Florida.  People were swimming, kayaking and canoeing.20160214_14214920160214_143055

Then we had to get back home to get ready for the Valentine’s Day Dance at Blueberry Hill.


And there was a lot of line dancing going on. 20160214_184752Pure Country Gold was the band for the dance.  The band was pretty good and everyone had a great time.  We met a couple from Savannah, TN and another couple from northern Mississippi.

What a great day.


Cliff and Laura’s New Beginnings


Mark LeAnn Me

It has been a while since our going away party in Nashville, but we got the pictures.  You should be able to see them from the link below.  If not, send me a message and I will forward you the link in an email.

Thank you so much to Karen Jones for taking all the photos and sharing them.  You are the best.

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Daytona Super Speedway

January 25, 2016

20160125_064736Our first selfie, not so good.  We are on our way to the Daytona Super Speedway.  They are completing a $400 Million renovation and we are getting a tour.20160125_075220This is the Amway Center in Orlando where the Orlando Magic play.  They don’t seem to be doing very well this year, but it looks like a nice facility.20160125_105537This place is quite impressive.  Cliff and I want to go to a race now.20160125_094806It is hard to see how steep that curve is, but you have to be going at least 70 miles a hour to just stay up on that steep bank.20160125_094842This is really hard to see, but the seats are all different colors so that it looks like people are in the seats even when there is no one there.20160125_095356This is the parking area for the Million dollar buses of the race car drivers.  They have their own area with gates.20160125_101628The Rolex race that lasts 24 hours was coming up the weekend we were there.  A little better view of the seats.20160125_102119_001This is where the cars are inspected.20160125_103128On our way to Victory Lane.20160125_103937And there we are.

20160125_11044320160125_11043120160125_110437This is the view from about half way up the stands.20160125_110515And it is steep!20160125_11402120160125_114026A very impressive trophy.20160125_114218Some of the most recent winners.

We are excited about being able to go next year.  Blueberry Hill is putting together a group with VIP tickets and nice bus to drop us off and pick us up.