Sebring, Sarasota, and Lake Placid FL

During our three weeks ‘homestead camping’ in Sebring, we’ve done a few side trips.  Mostly Glenn has been taking trips down memory lane with our friends and their family members – remembering people and places from childhood.  Cathie and Brian love to hike and bike so we’ve enjoyed some great weather and neat areas while getting our exercise.

We ventured over to Lake Placid, FL to bike in a subdivision that has miles and miles (not exaggerating) of paved roads and no houses.  It was weird to see so an area with so much potential that is now abandoned.    Small towns have a tough time attracting tourists so we wanted to  see how Lake Placid has done that by painting beautiful murals on the sides of businesses.  The murals were VERY well done – each had a different local theme by various artists.  The mural at the Winn Dixie even had the sounds of a cattle drive!  The Chamber has a map showing all 46 locations and detailing the history of the murals and challenging you to find a ‘hidden tidbit’ in each mural.  Bus loads of people visit the town just to walk and enjoy the murals so it seems that their plan to attract tourists has worked.

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Iconic Florida mailbox

Mural in Lake Placid

This mural has sound and the cattle are almost life sized

 

 

We also spent a day at Highlands Hammock State Park in Sebring.  There is a bike/hike trail from the city all the way to the state park and then you can use all the trails in the park.  The trails are shaded with tall pines and palm trees.  One trail has a long catwalk through the swamp which was very cool.

Palm tree with sign of winding vine

Palm tree with sign of winding vine

Long catwalk over swamp in park

Long catwalk over swamp in park

Cypress swamp with Ibis

Cypress swamp with Ibis

Glenn has talked about the beautiful beaches of Sarasota/Bradenton area so we spent the day at the beach with 30 mile winds.  I think it was even more beautiful because the wind made some unusual patterns with the shells and sea grass.  The beach sand is white and very fine – almost like flour.  We ate at a neat restaurant with outdoor seating and a good lounge singer/guitar player. I had a spicy bacon Bloody Mary – good mix but I had assumed the bacon would be cooked and in the drink like a piece of celery — not so — it was a big hunk of raw bacon:{

Friends Cathie and Brian at Sarasota beach with wild waves

Friends Cathie and Brian at Sarasota beach with wild waves

windswept sand over shells

windswept sand over shells

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