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FRED SMAILES 08-16-2015 08:49 AM

Man! Very much enjoyed your first post and the plans you have made for your trip!!!!!
I went to the Daytona 500 Nascar race in 1983,, Cale Yarborough won,,,WHO lol
I had heard about Don putting together a museum in Ocala drove up there went to the bottomless boat place where the river comes outta the ground but never did find the museum,,,no Google back then,,,LOL
Don't know if it is still there or if your interested but your dad probably would be,,, there was a circus museum/winter layover in Sarasota.
I think Barnum and Bailey, really enjoyed that stop,,,anyway once again very happy your making memories with your Dad.
Happy Travels
Fred

Ellpea in CA 08-16-2015 06:29 PM

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Oh my LORD, call the towing police! I wonder what the owners manual says about this??

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Along about Gainesville spotted this cool teardrop behind a 'Vette


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Geez, even if I blow up the photo, I can't quite make out the problem. Is it that we have a "vette" towing? (and if so, 'why'? do they not have a tow rating?) Or is it the item strapped onto the teardrop???

Ellpea
(ducking back down into foxhole, seeking protection after asking a potentially *silly* question)

Martins HeirCon 08-16-2015 10:17 PM

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Well,Silver Spring is the place where the river comes outta the ground, but we just camped and ran. I settled for tales from Dad of when he rode the glass-bottomed boats back in the (50's?).
The museum is several miles away, right on I-75. Right behind a Cracker Barrel, too! So after some hash brown casserole we went on in.
WOW. Big Daddy has collected a lot of neat stuff! We spent nearly 6 hours and Dad could have easily stayed all day if his legs weren't getting tired. The Drag racing collection is cool, but in the "other building" there's a massive collection of early Fords and assorted other antique cars. Also a strong showing of Mopar muscle, and a few dozen engines on display. Great stuff, and even better with my personal narrator along!Attachment 87825

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By the time we got out of there it was nearly 4pm, and we decided not to tend north-ish to Daytona. Instead we took the tollway through Orlando to Canaveral and Cocoa Beach to A1A. We wanted to cruise down the old way in the daylight, so a sack of Wendy's was lunch/dinner. I'll have to redeem myself with some fresh local fish tomorrow when we hit the Keys.

Right now we're shut down at the Snapper Creek service plaza on the turnpike, maybe 30 minutes from Florida City and the gateway to the Overseas Highway. The signs say no overnight parking but there are always cars and trucks napping. My wife and I commonly drive til 10 or 11 then stop and snooze awhile. If you time it right you can see the sunrise on the old Card Sound bridge.


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Raff 08-16-2015 10:23 PM

Nice report on the museum. Thanks. Definitely on our list of stops. Vintage Mopars and sunshine, can't wait to hit the road.


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Martins HeirCon 08-17-2015 05:05 AM

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Here's that sunrise at the Card Sound tollbridge

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Monte W 08-17-2015 06:17 AM

Hi Glenn, What a great trip! You will remember this one for the rest of your life! Man I'm so happy for you. When I got out of the army in the 80's, my dad and I did a dive trip up in N. California and to this day it was one of the best trips EVER. Please keep us posted. All the best, Monte

Martins HeirCon 08-17-2015 06:17 AM

If you find yourself in Largo at breakfast time, you gotta eat at Doc's. Just don't plan on wanting any lunch! The menu says "Come Hungry!"

The place is run by the family of a young optometrist that came sown for a vacation in 1975. He caught the "Keys Disease" and hasn't made it back to the mainland yet!


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Martins HeirCon 08-17-2015 07:43 AM

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Martins HeirCon 08-17-2015 10:32 AM

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We barely made it to Pennekamp for the 9:15 sailing of the Spirit. I highly recommend the trip. It was Dad-friendly, with an air conditioned salon where the glass-bottom viewing wells are.

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He regaled me with tales of how he rarely saw daylight when he was on USS Independence.


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Martins HeirCon 08-18-2015 09:50 AM

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After leaving Pennekamp, we shopped for some supplies and managed to score a site at Bahia Honda SP for Monday night.

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I dropped the Trillium and plugged in the AC, then we went exploring. Bought some local Mangrove snapper and I got to paddle the Horseshoe quarry on Scout Key.

The reason we stopped short here 35 miles out was to catch the ferry to Pigeon Key today (Tuesday). Worth a viait to tour the hundred year old facilities.

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Martins HeirCon 08-18-2015 07:43 PM

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Tonight we're at NAS Key West, on Dredger's Key.

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I snuck in a good long paddle while Dad napped.

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Martins HeirCon 08-20-2015 07:32 PM

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Wednesday we toured Fort Zachary Taylor on Key west

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Note the guns used for fill. When the fort was "modernized" in 1898, the top two tiers were removed and new batteries erected on top.


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MC1 08-20-2015 08:06 PM

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Oh my LORD, call the towing police! I wonder what the owners manual says about this??

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Along about Gainesville spotted this cool teardrop behind a 'Vette


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Vettes seem to make great TV's.......

Martins HeirCon 08-21-2015 05:21 AM

And why not? A Vette is just a Chevy pickup with a fiberglass body kit!


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