Thursday, March 1, 2012

Coolest Rig I ever saw!! This camper was across from us in Florida. He had everything hanging on the side of it. He told a neighbor that he crawls inside the back door and he calls it his Coffin? I walked around it taking pictures, the screened room is even filled with camping items. He drives a small compact car. People told me he drives down the highway with this stuff hanging on the side. I was told that he is different? can you believe this? see more pictures ..

This is the Thomas Edison Winter Retreat. He lived here for 6 months a year. Henry Ford had the house next door but only spent 2 weeks a year here. The grounds were something to see. We were here for 6 hours just taking it all in. One rule that surprised me was they encourage you to walk on the grass right up to all the flowers and bushes. There were so many different kinds to see. We toured all the houses from the outside door. They were closed with plastic guard half way up the door way.But you could easily see each room from the wrap around porch. They had 20 points of stopping along the grounds so you could listen to a hand held stick that looked like a long telephone. Each message was about 2 minutes.

After seeing the grounds, we turned in the telephone stick and walked across the street to the Museum and Edison's Lab. The building was full of facts all about his inventions and also the real thing here to see. There were different rooms with flat screen TVs with clips about his life.

I really liked the Camping Room, An old Model T with a box on the back for a chuck wagon supplies. He and Ford, Firestone & John Burroughs went every year for 2 weeks. They also took a President one time. He had brought 80 servants with him too. But Edison soon stopped after that because it wasn't camping anymore with that big staff. The stories and maps were fun to read.

Other rooms had his Inventions and Patents on display. He had 1,093 to his name. He also had a patent each year for 65 years. I got the feeling of a remarkable man when reading his biography.

Next we went to his Lab and saw all kinds of experiments being done. many test tubes lined the walls and desks tops. He also worked with over 10,000 plant species for inventions. All this was shown on several flat screens.
The cost was $20.00 admission which I thought was worth it. Thank You Mr. Edison for your contributions to mankind. Here are some pictures too.
Of the house and grounds
Here is the lab & Museum Pictures too..

Here we are at Shark Valley for the day. We took a 2 hour tram ride through the park. We had a very interesting and informative guide "Jose' ".

He talked the entire tour pointing out different species of birds and alligators. The history was awesome of the everglades. Our tram driver was Rachel, she had a great eye for spotting the animals, we stopped to take pictures along the way. I took a few pictures... Enjoy
We have electric at the Sarasota Rally!!!

One of the interiors of a Vintage Airstream

Open House at the Vintage Airstream Camp

Here is Joan Bucher with her Blue Ribbon for her Painting of a Satellite Dish

All Flags were flying at the Vintage Trailers!!

Oops? I forgot to post a few pictures from the Sarasota Rally. There were 306 Airstream here. The nightly Entertainment was great this year except for one night< the singer was out of tune? This was mostly a reunion of old friends and the same old things to do, flea market, eat out, vendor sales, Happy Hours, and having late night campfires. It was a Great Week, see you next year!!

Week of February 20th.. we left Sarasota Rally and headed south about 130 miles to Collier- Seminole State Park. Here we met Steve & Linda Koreny, our Central Penn Unit Members who are Volunteering in the parks for the winter.

After relaxing with them and getting to know what to see, we head out to The Air Boat Rides....Wow is all we can say. This was a 45 minute ride through the everglades next to the State park and see all the trees, bushes, animals & birds. What a ride by our pilot "Lebo" he sure had that canjun accent and gave us a great tour. Mom and I had the best seats in the boat, right next to the pilot... See the pictures..
I recommend this ride to everyone. We then drove down the road to see the USA Smallest Post Office..
God Bless AirstreamHobo & Mom