Jan 31, 2020



I'm posting this from my iPad, hope the update will get to the VIP platform like it's supposed to. I used to post like on all my visits to MOP in Ghana, hopefully I remember the steps correctly.  Please forgive any typos, etc.  Typing fast this morning.

Yesterday I traveled by car from JAX to Ybor City outside of Tampa, 90% of the drive was on country roads through small towns in Florida, old rural Florida. Here is a sampling of the cities:  Elkton, Armstrong, Spuds, Hastings, Orange Mills, Palatka, Interlachen, Satsuma, Salt Springs, Eustis, Mt. Dora, Tavares, Groveland and Apopka.

The stop in Palatka was wonderful. A very small city, old, rural and on the banks of the St Johns River. It is known as the City of Murals, depicting historical, cultural and natural riches of Palatka and surrounding Putnam County.  The photo above is of Senator Bill Pearce. He served in the Florida Senate from 1947 to 1965.  I will post the complete mural photo in another post.

In Palatka we met Lynda Williams, she runs a booth in a small antique mall of sorts, AT THE MARKETPLACE. Lynda is amazing, she could stand in for the mayor of Palatka  or president of the Chamber of Commerce. We visited with Lynda for 15 or 20 minutes and she provide an encyclopedic summary of all unique and historical aspects of this small, rural, Florida city.  It was like we had been friends for a lifetime.  

We also stopped for quick minute in Eustis and Mt Dora, two gems along the way.  These are two small cities that I will for sure visit again. Both are surrounded by several lakes, Dora, Gertrude, Carlton, Beauclair.   And there is a train in Eustis that does train excursions  all along the lakes, it was highly recommended by Lynda.  

Today we are headed to see the Weeki Wachee Florida Mermaid show that's been running since 1947 at the natural springs in Weeki Wachee.  I've seen documentaries on the mermaids on PBS, CBS Sunday Morning, and read many stories about them.  I love love love water, the natural springs are supposed to be as clear as water in a swimming pool.  The Mermaids perform 365 days a year, 3 times per day. The first show is at 11am, I plan to be there.

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