Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Palmdale Sunset

This photo was taken from across the pond.

This photo was taken from our back yard.

Geocaching in Labelle, FL

Larry, Lu, Galen went geocaching in Labelle today.

Larry on the best climbing tree in Labelle.

A second cache is located on an island near the climbing tree.

We thought this was the climbing tree at first, but there was an even better tree a little further on.

Lu found the cache.

Part of the climbing tree.
A cache was located in this very pretty park we would never have discovered on our own.  It was a perfect day for walking the trails.

The cache here is a virtual cache.  There is no physical log to sign but there were two questions to answer or a photo to take to prove we were there.

Larry found this bug in the cache and without our noticing put it on his shoulder.  Lu screamed a warning to him and I screamed at Galen to get a photo.  In my defense, I didn't think the bug looked dangerous and it wasn't.  It wasn't even real. 

We shot this photo on the way home from Labelle because we thought our nephew from Kansas would find it interesting.  There are a bunch of trucks full of oranges on the roads this time of year.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Solomon's Castle

Solomon's Castle in Ona, FL.  It took Mr. Solomon 14 years to build.  The outside of the castle is made of newpaper printing plates.

Galen, Lu, and Larry inside the boat in the moat.

We stopped here to have walnut pie (very good) after the tour.

The Castle and the Boat in the Moat.  It took four years to build the boat.

Galen with one of the many sculptures.

The sculptures are made from things most of us throw away.

Dueling pistols.  Mr. Solomon has a quirky sense of humor.

One of the larger sculptures.

Another form of art Mr. Solomon is pretty darn good at.

After visiting the real Alamo, Mr. Solomon decided he wanted his own Alamo so built one.

Arcadia, FL

Larry, Lu, Galen and I stopped at Wheeler's in Arcadia for breakfast on our way to Solomon's Castle.  We like eating at local places instead of chains and were not disappointed.  The wait staff was great and the food was good.  We just couldn't manage peanut butter pie for breakfast.

Inside Wheeler's.  A sign behind the counter says they will accept checks from people 80 or older if accompanied by their parents.

Downtown Arcadia.  Note the pink building in the background.

Historic train depot.

A closer view of the pink building.

Monday, March 4, 2013

We're Expecting!

One of the sandhill crane couples that hang around the RV park have an egg on a nest.  In this first photo the mother is adding grass to the nest.

Mama sandhill crane giving a small blue heron a dirty look.  I wonder if small blue herons like eggs?

Rolling the egg.

The egg has been rolled into view.

It will be a month before the egg hatches and we'll be gone by then so won't get to see the new baby sandhill.  :-(