Skippering a Radio-controlled One-Meter Model Sailboat

Today I had the opportunity to skipper a one-meter radio-controlled model sailboat.  These are one-class boats … meaning that their length, height, keel length and weight, maximum sail area and many other measurements are the same for all boats. 

They are radio-controlled … with the hand-held controller operating two servos in the boat to control the rudder and sails.

One of the sailing "regulars" gracioulsy had offered me the use of one of his two boats for the afternoon

The field included eight boats … with me being the only novice skipper. 

While I was consistently very successful in being one of the first boats across the starting line when the horn went off,

I most often found myself falling behind by the time we rounded the first marker.

While I'd like to blame the BOAT, the problem was the SKIPPER who all too often pushed the rudder contorller joy stick to the right when he wanted to trun left, and visa versa, and also had no sense that a gentle touch on the joy stick was far more effective than the gorilla-touch I was employing.  As a result, I found myself often going in cicrles or sailing far off the course causing me to loose time I would never be able to make up.

The net result were four last place finishes, long after all of the other boats were across the finish line!

Then the owner of the boat I was using took the controls and began to muse about whether the rigging was properly set.  At the same time, another gentleman offered to let me try his [yellow] boat.

The results for the two races using the yellow boat were a FIRST and a THIRD.

Afterwards, several people suspected that the boat I was originally using was not properly balanced, causing part of the problems I was having.  However, it also took me several races before I began to get a feel for just how sensitive the rudder joy stick was and to remember which way to push it to make the boat turn in the desired direction. 

As a dear friend told me when playing golf, "Remember, it's the Indian not the Arrow!"

I am looking forwrad to sailing again next Sunday!










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Model Sailboat Racing

Having sailed for most of the first 50 years of my life … owning six different sailboat, sailing in college and bareboating in the Caribbean … , I was intrigued by the Sunday afternoon model sailboat races held on Sun N Fun's Lake Ibis.  While there are apparently many classes, today's races were for identical, 1-meter (10 lbs.) boats… modeled after America Cup boats of the past.

The boats are controlled by a unit which looks not too dissimilar to those used for computer games.  The right-hand joy stick controls the sails while the left controlls the rudder.

Regular sailiing rules apply, with boats jockying for the most favorable posiiton

to enable them to cross the start line as quickly after the countdown reaches zero.

Then, like any other sailboat race, they must navigate upwind, crosswind and downwind legs, in this case aound four buoys forming a rectangular course, and try to cross the finish line ahead of their comeptitors.

I have been invited to partipate in next Sunday's races and am already looking forward to it.




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Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy

This afternoon, we visisted Sarasota's Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy,

where an eclectic collection of paintings, stain-glass, sculpture, unusual wooden furniture and other art is on display.

The only disappointment is that 35mm and other cameras … other than cell phone cameras … are prohibited, making taking pictures in often highly contrast lightting a challenge.

Marietta Lee,

Founder, Curator and President of Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy, Inc. began her education in Kentucky with an Associate of Science in Nursing and Emergency Medical Care, followed many years later, by a Master of Science in nursing from the University of South Florida. She loved helping people and the excitement of Emergency Room nursing as well as being an RN/EMT/Paramedic.  One dark night, while volunteering for the Jessamine County Rescue Squad in Kentucky, she and her partner were called to the scene of a small airplane crash. All 5 people were dead. There was no one to assist. It changed her life forever. The next day, as she scratched out shadows and images of the plane crash, she soon felt her spirits lift.  At age 32, she found a whole new direction in life through the process of making art.

She earned a Bachelor of Art from Eastern Kentucky University in 1981, moved to Florida in 1984, and earned a Bachelor of Fine Art from Ringling College of Art & Design in 1991. As a student, she visited many renown art museums and soon realized that women's artwork and humorous art were under represented. It just didn't seem fair. "If I could change one thing in my lifetime, this would be it!"  The seeds of change were planted.

She loved going to outdoor art shows and discovered a variety of American artists with fresh, colorful, creative and upbeat ideas. There was a sense of freedom and pride in their work.  They were true small business entrepreneurs. An artist herself, Ms. Lee, thought it would be fun someday to bring all these people together to display their work for everyone to see.

Family tragedy struck in 1994 when her father had a stroke. She spent the next 10 years involved with her parent's medical care. During this emotionally difficult time, she realized how important it was to get a short respite of 1 or 2 hours, looking at plants, talking with friends, and visiting museums to continue this care. It was also apparent that many of her Baby Boomer friends were tackling these same issues. We all have parents.  By 2004, both Mom and Dad passed.

In 2006, Marietta Lee founded the Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy, Inc. named in honor of her Mother, Grandmother, and Niece. At first, it was a non profit, private operating foundation in Connecticut. The museum immediately began collecting artwork.  However, it was difficult to find a location for the museum in her old hometown of Guilford, Connecticut.  So, she turned her attention back to Sarasota where she still maintained a residence and knew so well of its diverse cultural appeal and reputation as an art friendly community.
Within a short time, in 2008, she purchased the present Museum site in Florida. In 2009, she returned to Florida as a full time resident and founded the (Florida) Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy, Inc., transferred all museum assets from the Connecticut organization to the Florida organization, and terminated the Connecticut organization. She then began work on a huge remodel of the Sarasota Museum site including the wonderful gardens.
When she began this  museum, she was thinking of Baby Boomers but it also quickly became a Grandparent Museum! Not specifically a children's museum, but a great place for grandparents and parents to teach their children about museums.  A place to enrich our lives with all the colors and sensations of art.  

"Initially, I wanted to create a friendly environment where people, especially adults, could relax and forget their problems even if only for a brief moment, to slow down, smell the roses, and enjoy the present."  It has become a Smiley Place.

As you exit your car in th eparking lot, you are confronted with some of the excellent, entertaining and brightly painted sculptures …

which then continues as you near the museum building.

Once inside the museum … whose collection is predominatly from local artists … is changed every summer.

Even the Men's

and Ladie's rooms are decorated.

Among the hundreds of items on display, there was only one with a political bent … a urinal high on the wall in the Men's room with a photo of Jane Fonda's Hanoi Jane" picture serving as a target.

The interior patio and garden area was also filled with more fun and interesting sculptures.

Little Jack Horner


An incredibly carved wooden loveseat made from a single piece of natural wood

Two surprisingly comfortable benches made of welded horseshoes

And, even American Nauturalist William Beebe's original Bathysphere

Walls:                            1” thick Cast Steel

Window:                      3” thick Fused Quartz

Weight:                        2.25 tons

Entrance Hatch:        400 lbs.

Cable Length:            3,000 feet

Cable Weight:            1.35 tons

Period orf Use:         1930-34

Deepest Descent:      3,028 feet in  1934  (a depth record not broken until 1949)

There is no way anyone could get either of us in this device … even when welded to a permanent stand!

While we have no "bucket list" we are continually amazed about the number of things to do and places to visit just in west central Florida.

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A Neal Diamond Tribute by Keith Allynn

This eveing we joined Ken and Cheryl at their community's pot luck dinner and entertainment, Keith Allynn's "A Neal Diamond Tribute".

Keith Allynn has entertained audiences for over 23 years.

At the tender age of 14 he began his career in a stand-up comedy crowd warming up for such acts as Robin Williams, Chris Rock and Tim Allen.

At age 21 he discovered his musical talents performing an Elvis song at karaoke. The crowd went crazy and Keith was hooked! Soon he became an Elvis Tribute Artist where he performed and competed for several years. In 2004 he was voted on by Graceland as being a top 10 Elvis Tribute Artist in the World.

Later wanting to impress a girl who loved Neil Diamond, Keith called her on the phone and in his best Neil voice sang her “Hello Again” from the “Jazz Singer”. That became her song, she became his wife and he became The Diamond Image.  Featured recently in the documentary film, Diamond Mountain, Keith’s success as a Neil Diamond Tribute artist continues to soar, with multiple Branson Show Award titles including Tribute Artist and Tribute Show of the Year, multiple Trip Advisor certificates, and bookings coast to coast,  all while performing Tuesday through Friday  in Branson, MO March through December.

While not necessarily a Neal Diamond fan, Keith's renditions were excellent while his humor and rapport with the audience made for an outstanding evening.

He explained the reason he is always willing to pose for photos is to ensure that people don't end up posting pictures of him with his mouth gaping or his eyes shut.


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Annual Sun N Fun 50th Anniversary Luncheon

Each year, Sun N Fun, our winter home in Sarasota, hosts a wonderful complementary luncheon for all couples who have or will be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary that year …

This year, there were 224 couples attending who were married 32 differenct states and several Canadian provinces and who have 222 children, 214 grandchildren and 55 great-grandchildren.

Thirty-seven couples have or will celebrate their 60th anniversary this year … with one couple having been married in 1951 when I was 9 and Debbie was just 5! 

After a delicious lunch we were entertained by very-talented Charlie Romo, a 21-year old singer from New York, who sang many songs from the 50s and did excellent renditions of Bobby Darin and Tony Bennett.

For us it's now 51½-plus … and counting!

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Florida Championship Hydrocross Jet Ski and Formula-2 Powerboat Races

After the Sun N Fun Homecoming Parade and lunch, we headed to the Bradenton waterfront along the Manatee River with Ken and Cheryl and Joe and Jeanne (friends from our 2011 Alaska RV caravan)

to watch the finals of the Florida Championship Hydrocross Jet Ski and Formula-2 powerboat races.

This was a new experience for all six of us as we'd never seen them other than on television.

First were the jet ski races where the qualifers accelerated to more than 70 mph along the straightaways.

The winner had jumped out to a big lead and was never threatened

Then came the Formula-2 powerboats whose speeds on the straightaways of the rectangular course exceeded 120 mph.

The Quallifiers

Unfortunately, one of the boats had a mechanical breakdown and couldn't compete

As in competitive crew racing, the boats are held at a dock until the moment the starter's gun sounds to ensure a fair start.

Once the gun went off it was an all out sprint

to the first buoy.

By then, the white No. 2 boat had taken an early lead …

while the other boats tried desparately to catch up …

but to no avail as the white boat soon began to lap several of its competitors

and ended up crossing the finish line and taking the checkered flag well ahead of any other boat.

Aside from the race, my fascination with people-watching and recording their poingnet moments continued unabated.

    Uncle Sam

A young girl with her dog

A Disabled Navy Vietnam Veteran

Long hair …front and back

Two young girls timidly petting police horses

and my favorite

A dad carrying his tired daughter

All in all … a great day later capped off by another glorious sunset.

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Sun N Fun’s Answer to the Macy’s and Rose Bowl Parades

Each year Sun N Fun, our winter campground in Sarasota, schedules a "Homecoming Parade" in early February.  Groups (i.e., the PIckleballers, Tennis Players, Theater Players, Woodshop, Veterans, etc;) and even individuals get together and decide on a theme … as corporations and cities do for major national parades in which they participate.  As golf carts are the most popular mode of transportaiton around Sun N Fun, they are often decorated and become the centerpieces of group "floats".

In the past, we've missed this event so made a point of sitting accross from the park's Lake Ibis

along the parade route … and by invitation at the home of one of the women I (just one of two men) walks with several mornings a week

Our lovely host, Linda

Many of the people whose homes border the route don't just ask you to bring a chair to sit in, they put out an incredible spread; fruit, meatballs, chicken tenders, chips & crackers, salsa, hummis, desserts, water, soft drinks and even burbon!

The parade was, as usual, lead by a color guard of U.S. and Canadian veterans.

followed by another groupd of vets carrying Old Glory.

Just a few of the groups and individuals …

Korean and World War II Veterans

Vietnam Veterans

A League of their Own

There's no crying in baseball!

The Wizard of Oz

A horse of a different color

The Woodworking Group

These woodwokers turn out some incredibly amazing products

Pickleball Players – 101 Dalmations


Model Sailboat Racing Club

My Fair Lady

Tennis Players – Cleopatra


The parade was great to watch and it was obvious that the several hundred participants had spent a great deal of time and had  a lot of fun preparing for their "big day" along Lake Drive.  we will be sure to take it in again next year!

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Air Boat Trip in the Everglades – Surprise Visits with Old RV Friends

Today's plans were to leave around 9:00 this morning and drive the roughly 150 miles to Everglades City to meet up with Ken & Cheryl and their daughter and her husband, Kim and Terry, for an airboat ride through the Everglades.

Funny how things work out … unexpectedly, I got up early and turned on my phone only to discover that Lila Clements had texted me only minutes earlier letting me know she and Brandon … whom we'd visised with in Hilton Head enroute to Florida … had pulled into Sun N Fun, where we're spending the winter, last night and wanted to know if we were available for breakfast.  Obviously, our answer was, Yes!"

We met at a local Perkins around 7:30 and had a wonderful time …

and were still able to get on the road by 9 o'clock.

as we bgan our 150 mile drive south on I-75 we found ourselves in an intermittent fog

which, fortunately began to breakup north of Port Charlotte as the temperatures climbed into the low 80os.

We made it to Everglades City and

a few minutes ahead of Ken and Cheryl.

After a short wait, we boarded our airboat

Cheryl, Debbie, Dick, Ken, Terry and Kim

and soon were underway …

passing two decorative lighthouses,

an long-abandoned railroad bridge,

several still unrepaired docks which were damaged during last fall's Hurricane Maria …

before heading into a seemingly never-ending maze of mangrove-lined channels

winding their way through the Everglades (reminding me of some scenes of Charles Alnut's and Rose Sayer's journey on the "African Queen").

While there were no "gators" to be seen on the trip, we were fortunate to spy an immature Osprey trying to fish for lunch,


a Great Blue Heron

and a pair of Bottlenose Dolphins.

However, the highlight of the trip was disovering that raccoons have been a familiar sight for years. These small, bandit-masked looking animals with dark fur and bushy tails. They are extremely intelligent and adaptable, and use their front paws and long fingers to feast on a wide variety of food. Racoons can snatch their prey out of the water, such as crawfish, frogs, and other aquatic creatures. They also eat fruit, plants, and eggs.

Munching on a Cheesedoodle provided by our tour guide

However, a rapid decline in the racoon population throughout Everglades National Park can be blamed partly on the invasive Burmese Python,

Internet photo

which has been relying on mammals and racoons in the Everglades for food. These giant pythons are some of the largest on earth, and can reach up to 23 feet long.

Back on land, we traveled across the street to Jungle Erv's Alligator Refuge where everyone was able to get "up close and personal" with several of these reptiles.

We were amazed to discover that an alligator's scales are not hard and bony as we'd thought but, rather, almost soft and leathery.

Nearby, we were also introduced to a pair of Turkey Vultures

and an untold number of Orb Weaver Spiders.

Heading home, we opted to return along US-41 toward Naples,passing the RV Resort where we spent four winters, before turning north on US-951 to pick up I-75 for our long drive back to Sarasota.

Suddenly, I caught a glimpse of a person wearing a visor through the open driver's side  window in a black sedan we were about to pass and I said to Debbie, "That's Wayne!" (a friend who had also stayed at the same Naples RV park all those years).

As we passed the his car, Debbie yelled out her window at him.  He turned, looked at us and was as surprised to see us as we were to see him.  Fortuantely we were both able to pull into a hospital parking lot and got to visit.

It must be Kismit … as if either one of us had been even 30 seconds ahead of behind out positons, we'd never have connected!






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The Statues of St. Armands and Harding Circle Historic District

St. Armand’s Circle is known today for being one of the most frequently visited shopping destinations in the Sarasota area with over 140 points of interest. However, there is an interesting history behind this popular modern commercial center.

Charles St. Armand was a Frenchman and the first homesteader on the island. He left Europe in 1893 and bought 132 acres of land on the key for just under $22. His last name was incorrectly spelled on the original deed as “Armand”, and the misspelled name is still used to this day. Armand spent time developing the area into a small fishing and farming spot along with a few other pioneers.

St. Amrand later sold the land for $1,500 to Augus McInnes. After that it was later resold multiple times before falling into the hands of John Ringling, who bought it in 1917. Rumor has it that Mr. Ringling won the island in a poker game!

Mr. Ringling envisioned St. Armand’s Circle as an exclusive shopping center surrounded by high-income homes. He wanted to develop the area into the shape of a circle – perhaps because he loved the three-ring circus so much! He began working quickly on building a causeway that linked St. Armands Key to the mainland. Ringling famously used elephants from his circus to carry some of the building materials.

In 1927, the causeway was completed and Mr. Ringling had a band parade across it. Mr. Ringling also placed his remarkable personal collection of Roman and Greek statues around St. Armands Circle. His statues still line the walkway of the circle today along with a group of newer statues that total over 30. Some of those statues include King Neptune, Discobolus, Venus and Christopher Columbus as well as newer statues such as the Seven Virtues of Sarasota.

Many say that the island’s story can be told through these incredible works of art. One statue of a Roman general has a gaze that hypnotizes visitors who enter the Circle. Just beyond the first general, there is a second statue that depicts the same general holding grapes and pomegranates with his helmet removed. It is rumored that these statues symbolize St. Amand.

Unfortunately, the stock market crashed in 1929 and interrupted Mr. Ringling’s plans. Even though Mr. Ringling didn’t get to see all of his plans through after he passed away in 1936, he would be very satisfied with how St. Armands Circle has blossomed.

Today, there are over 140 different boutiques, art galleries and restaurants throughout St. Armands Circle.

There is even a Circus Ring of Fame located in St. Armands Circle Park that honors Mr. Ringling’s circus tradition. A new member is inducted every year by the Circus Ring of Fame Foundation. In 2017, Acrobats Reggie Armor and Dora Foster were inducted along with Henry Ringling North, nephew of Mr. Ringling and vice president of the Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey show from 1936-1967.

The bits and pieces of history that surround St. Armand’s Harding Circle … named in honor of President Warren Harding, a close friend of John Ringling … are a big part of what make it such a captivating place to explore and shop at. At almost every street corner, you can find a plaque or sign that tells a short story about the history of the area, but now you’ll know a thing or two about it before you arrive!

This morning, Debbie and I joined the Sun N Fun morning walking group to take a tour of the 42 statues which grace Harding Circle and the median greenbelts along the four major roads leading to Harding Circle.  Many of the statues are copies of world-famous masterpieces whose originals reside in museums across Eurpoe … and some in marble while others are in other materials accounting for the differences in color.

Those on the Circle include:

The Discobulos

Depicts the ideal representation of a youthful athletic body and shows the moment of rest between the athlete's backward swing and the unwinding forwad motion, combining the appearane of movement withclassical formation.

Diana of Versailles

Diana, born Delos, just before her brother Apollo; was the goddess of the Hunt and was considered the queen of the wild animal kingdom as she was often accompanied by wild beasts.

Borghese Warrior

The warrior is depicted as he protects himself from attack with his shield (at one time attached to the arm guard on his life arm) …

which clearly didn't phase the bird perched on his head!

John Ringling's Bust

It was John Ringling's vision that led to the creation of the St. Armands Key and its famed circle.

Eight Caryatid Statue Lamps

Adapted from lighting fixtures which surrounded Randolph Hurst's San Simeon Castle in California, the design of the eight lights in the Circle is based on a limestone relief of the Greek head … Winged VIctory … at the Ringling Museum.

Statues along the median of North Ringling Boulevard (leading toward the John Ringling Bridge to downtown Sarasota):

Allegory of Sarasota – Its Seven Virtues



Learning (Aristotle)


Asclepius (God of Medicine)


Water (Amphritrite, wife of Neptune)


Michangelo was an Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, poet, architect and engineer.  His versatility in these disciplies was of such a high order that he is often considered as a contender for the title of "Renaissance Man" along with his rival and fellow Italian Leonaardo da Vinci.


The God of Wine, representing both the intoxicating power of wine and its social and beneficial influences.

Marzocco (Lion and Shield)

Symbol of Florence, Italy

The Three Graces

The Three Graces are the daughters of Zeus and Eurynome (his first wife); Euphrosyne (Beauty), Aglaea (Charm) and Thalia (Joy) and were thought be in the service of Venus.

Remotely at corner of Madison and North Adams:

Standing Male

Along North Boulevard of Presidents (toward Longboat Key):

Children with Lamb and Melon

Marzocco (Lion and Shield)

only duplicate statue

Athena Holding a Shield

Athena, the Greek Goddess of Wisdom, the Arts and Industry, was the favorite child of Zeus.  To help Perseus kill Medusa, Athena took off her shield of polished bronze and gave it to him.  She warned Perseus to use it as a mirror so as to avoid the direct sight of Medusa which could turn a man into stone.  Perseus killed Medusa and used the severed head to kill a sea serpent and save the beautiful Amdromeda.  He gave the head to Athena who mounted it on her shield.

Venus de Medici

A traditional representaiton of Venus (Aphrodite), it is a life-sized sculpture depicting the Goddess of Love and Beauty

Venus at Her Bath

A traditional representation fo Venus bathing.


Neptune with a fish at his feet was the Roman God of the Sea and second in power to Jupiter.  Neptune ruled with violent fits of temper and fury, sparking tempests.  His trident launched thunderbolts.

Along South John Ringling Beach (toward Lido Beach):

Christopher Columbus

Depicts Columbus with his hand resting on a globe which is resting on a chart of scroll, signifying a map or commission he received from Queen Isabella.  Both rest on a support whcih has an anchor and sailing ship in bas relief.

Dionysus (Bacchus)

A second statue of the God of Wine, representing both the intoxicating power of wine and its social and beneficial influences.

Apollo Belvedere

It epitomizes the ideals fo classical antiquity for Eurpoeans from the Renaissance through the 19th century.  Appollo is associated with the Arts of Music and Medicine; and for his role as the leader of the Muses establishing him as a patron of intellectual pursuits.

Birth of Venus

Depicts the birth of Venus, who was thought to have emerged from the sea as a full-grown woman, arriving at the shore on a shell.  The naked goddess is a symbol not of earthly but spiritual love.  Thus, this statue follows ancient trditions with Venus shown as slim and lon-limbed, with harmonious features.  The modest pose is borrowed from the Venus Pudica type of ancient sculpture.

Apollo and Daphne

Ovid describes Daphne as Apollo's first love.  As she was pursued, she called upon her father, Peneus, the River God, to come to her rescue.  This statue represents the moment when her father starts changing her into a laurel tree so as to escape Apollo.

Statues located along South Boulevard of President (leading to Lido Key):

Prometheus Bound

As punishment for giving fire to humans, Jupiter (Zeus) had Prometheus bound to a rock with unbreakable chains and set an eagle on him, which ate his liver by day.  By night his liver would regrow, only to have the cycle repeat the following morning.

Roman General

Pomegranates,with his helmet off, symbolizes peace.

Apollo as a Hunter

Apollo, along with his sister, Diana, represent the hunt.

Small Children Around a Column

Man in Cloak Nodding

Winter, shown as an old man clutching a cloak to fend off the cold.

Woman in Dress

Full crown and fruit in hand likely symbolize her as either Pomona or Persephone.

The Four Seasons Allegory


A maiden holding spring flowers.


A maiden holding the fruits of summer.  Unfortunately, this statue was missing so this phtograph was downloaded from the Internet.


A maiden with a scythe and harvested wheat.


A maiden well-protected from the cold.

Venus and Cupid

Venus (Aprotide) with her son, Cupid.  Cupid is seen blindfolding his mother, an allusion to the thought that "love is blind".

John Ringling Statue

Remote at the Corner of South Adams and Monroe

Small Children Around a Tree

Located at the corner of Van Buren and South Washington:

Hunter and Dog

While walking between the several boulevards and streets on which these statues were located, other items caught my eye …

Church and other Steeples

St. Armands Lutheran Church

Martha Catholic Church

Bent weather vane on unidentified building

Sculptures in the Yards of Private Homes

Colorful Tile Roofs

Pedestrian Benches with Decorative Tile Inlays

Handshake Mural

An enormous Banyan Tree

and even Additions to my Growing File of Photographs of Mailboxes from Across the Uniited States and Canada

Beffor leaivng St. Amands, we have a wonderful lunch at the historic

Founded in 1905 by Cuban immigrant Casimiro Hernandez, Sr., the Columbia Restaurant is Florida’s oldest restaurant, and the largest Spanish restaurant in the world.  It is currently owned and operated by the founder's great, great grandson!



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Day One in Sarasota

While firends and family back home would consider our Friday's low-50os temperature a "heat wave", a chilly breeze discouraged us from donning summer clothing. 

With a short, but important, list of maintenace problems, we stopped by the local RV dealer who installed an auxillary breaking system in our Jeep (which is not working properly) last Jnauary; called for an appointment with another RV dealer in Tampa to address a leak in our washing machine; hit the Jeep dealer where we purchased our Jeep to sechedule an appointment for a free oil change and tire rotarion to which we are entitled to; dropped off our ship's clock (originally purcahed for our sailboat many years ago) to correct some time and bell synchronization issues … before stopping by to surprise our best friends for the past 51½ years, Ken and Cheryl,

who weren't even home.

Back at Sun N Fun, we picked-up our mail and noticed parked outside

Not having donated since before my tyroid cancer surery in June 2015, I decided to

Back at our coach, Debbie, who has not been feeling well, took the afternoon off and rested.

About the time I finished cleaning and reorganizing our "basement' compartments, the mobile RV repair service we'd called arrived to replace our leaking "black water" discharge valve, without which, using our toilet was severaly restricted.

Just after the work wsa done, we had perhaps the most spectacullar sunset we've seen at this campground.

While dispoing of the trash this evening, we passed a motorhome which had obviously been here since before Christmas.

Temperatures projected to hit the 70os by Sunday… can't wait!.


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