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From Sarah: Danny and I are back in the Dade City Area filming trains. We are filming between the museum and Vitis Junction at Richland.
We found a place just a half mile from the tracks. A wonderful mobile home.
More to come.
The following was over Christmas vacation 2019.
It was closed but we were able to watch trains there.
Be thankful the video is short. The trains were long.
Danny and I picked up lunch at The Black Eyed Pea in Dade City. Then headed to the Historical Museum. 3 trains so far.We got to see the inside of the museum. It’s closed but they showed us anyway.We also found out : They are the ones who BOUGHT THE LAKE WALES HO TRAIN SET. Not sure about the scale set.THE one Danny and I were part of.I inventoried everything.More in another post.
From Sarah :
This Little Road Trip was the HIGHLIGHT of My Christmas Day
Christmas Day WAS REALLY HARD FOR ME.
I was an emotional/hormonal wreck.
Plus Danny was in a
“Rail Fanning” state of MIND. He’d already received more Christmas Gifts from Me than he should have. AS far as he was concerned :
CHRISTMAS WAS OVER.
For me : THIS WAS CHRISTMAS DAY
THE BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST.
NO, IT WAS NOT OVER.
Danny had PROMISED ME : NO TRAIN WATCHING ON CHRISTMAS DAY.
I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN HE WOULD BREAK THAT PROMISE.
I SHOULD HAVE ACCEPTED IT WITH GRACE.
NO, I WAS IN A BAD MOOD. A VERY BAD MOOD. ALTHOUGH I REALLY TRIED NOT TO BE.
I WAS MISSING FAMILY.
This little excursion wasn’t planned.
It was a good release for me. Would have been better if he had driven the 35 miles an hour he was suppose to and not the 50 miles an hour he did.
12449 Withlacoochee Blvd.
Dade City, FL 33525
Hours of Operation
Open 7 days a week from dawn to dusk.
This wilderness park consists of 406 acres, however, the Withlacoochee River runs through the park with an abundance of wildlife to see such as Bald Eagles, Swallow Tail Hawk, Red Tail and Red Shoulder Hawk, Turkey, Great Blue Heron, Red and Gray Fox, Florida Panther, Bob Cat, Alligators, Gopher Tortoise, Black Bear, River Otter, Snakes, Owls, Raccoons and Wild Hogs. If you are looking for some peace and tranquility, this is the place for you. You can hear the sounds of nature all around you. Whether you want to go fishing, camping, biking, kayaking or have a picnic, this park has it all. Opens a New Window. .
There is an 1840’s replica of Church, soon to be made into a nature center, a Pioneer Cabin with electric and air conditioning (sleeps six and may have one tent on site and a small cozy cabin with electric and air conditioning (sleeps four and may have 1 tent on site).
Climb up the Observation Tower to view the entire property from above and observe the wildlife and natural beauty of this land. This park has a 3 1/2 mile perimeter nature trail, a 1.7 mile all-purpose paved trail and other trails totaling 13 miles. The paved trail can be used for bicycles, rollerblading or walking. There is also a GPS Orienteering Course that you can track.
*No pets allowed at any cabin camping. *Must be 21 years of age or older to make a reservation to camp.
Fishing and Boating
There is a canoe/kayak dock right on the Withlacoochee River where you can launch your canoe or kayak or cast a line from the pier and go fishing. You will appreciate the peaceful setting. We hold our annual Fall Family Fishing Festival here where you can get fishing tips, learn how to cast, meet others that have the same interest and we also provide lunch and door prizes. It’s an event the whole family can enjoy. Fishing is permitted along the river. You must be 16 years old and above to have a valid Florida fishing license, which can be purchased at most sporting good stores or at any Pasco County Tax Collector’s office.
From Sarah: I would have rented this place again but I found one just a half mile from the tracks and a lot closer to Dade City.
The following was from
The last 3 days have been full of highs and EXTREME LOWS.
I just handle them better. (Over all). We are staying in Zephrhills, Florida. Northwest Of Plant City. That’s where we usually go .
We are staying in a wonderful Module Home (Mobile Home) With a huge screened in porch with a large enclosed laundry room.
This is where we are right now. 4242 Allen Road, Zephrhills. I brought a few things from home to make it feel like Christmas.
More to come.
LOVE AND HUGS,
As kids, Christmas morning was about stockings. As grown-ups, it’s all about BREAKFAST! From bakery-worthy cinnamon rolls to an outstanding bagel casserole, here are our favorite holiday breakfasts for the whole family.
Christmas breakfast is a big deal for a lot of families. It wasn’t something I gave much thought to myself until I got married and had my first Christmas with my in-laws. Breakfast is a BIG DEAL for them. Almost as big of a deal as the presents. (Notice the emphasis on almost. Ha!)
Whether or not Christmas breakfast is a tradition in your family, everyone needs to start Christmas day off with a warm and delicious meal! In fact, it’s 100% necessary because full tummies = full hearts, right?
Flour, water, and salt. That is all you need to make a keepsake ornament to cherish for years to come. These DIY ornaments are easy to make and safe for all members of the family to join in. This Christmas, create a Cinnamon Salt Dough Diffuser Ornament for your tree and fill your home (and your heart) with the enjoyable scent of essential oils.
Salt Dough ornaments are a classic holiday craft that gracefully adorns Christmas trees around the world.
I have fond childhood memories of making homemade salt dough ornaments, both at school and also at home with my family. I still have a few of the ornaments that hung on our family Christmas tree nearly 30 years ago. Now, I have a new collection of homemade ornaments made by my children, which grows larger every year.
As my kids get older, the ornaments get a little bit fancier and a little bit more elaborate, but they still represent their unique personalities. We love making ornaments out of natural air-dry clay, like this Christmas Diffuser Ornament.