Tampa/Fort Myers, Florida   2 comments

Day 6-10

As we drove through Tampa, we stopped at the Yuengling Brewery for a tour. It is the oldest privately owned brewery. They distribute on the East Coast; they cannot produce enough to distribute to Western United States.

On our way to Plant City Strawberry Festival, we saw an interesting advertisement for airstream rvs.

Our motor coach bus tour included highlights of Tampa Bay where we saw Tampa University Campus. Within the campus is a beautiful building that was once a hotel from the late 1800s.

After spending a few hours in Ybor City, the Cuban area which was a big cigar making area in its day, we stopped at a wonderful Cuban bakery.

Cuban in the afternoon, Greek in the evening. Off to Tarpon Springs to learn about sponges. After viewing a short film on how sponges are processed, we took a sponge boat tour where we witnessed a diver, dressed in “ancient” diving attire, dive for sponge.

The processed sponges that you buy are normally black or orange when they are gathered from the waters. Pictured below is a restored sponge boat.

We hated to leave Lazy Days Campground in Tampa, not only because it’s a beautiful park, but because we were able to meet with a group of our previous guests from out Gaspe Maritimes trip last year! It’s such a small world. We had no idea they were going to be in the area. Someone in our group stopped to talk to one of the guests who has a Westie and a Scottie and while they were talking, they found out that Bill and I were there. We had a great visit with them, although not long enough.

Not only is it a beautiful park, it is interesting. Check out the unique café below.

We stopped at Thomas Edison/Henry Ford’s winter homes, located on the Caloosahatchee River on our drive to Fort Myers. Edison purchased his property in 1885 and Ford purchased his property in 1916, pictured below. The Edison’s enjoyed their stays until 1947 when Mina deeded the Seminole Lodge to the City of Fort Myers for $1. All of the original furnishings are on permanent loan.

Edison was given a tree known as the “walking tree”, pictured below left. They call it a walking tree because as it grows, it seems to plant new roots and appears to be walking. Below right is the 7 foot deep swimming pool complete with a high and low dive. Yes, it was only 7 foot deep! Hope they didn’t dive into it.

Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone worked together in 1927 to form the Edison Botanic Research Corporation. The laboratory was completed in 1928 to support their endeavor of producing and manufacturing a quick growing, domestic source of natural rubber.

We had our first sighting of a banana tree in bloom. Have you ever seen one?

Sanibel Island was only a 10 minute drive from our campground. Sanibel is known as the shell capital of the world. What beautiful white beaches.

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  1. LOVE that RV Cafe, how cute!!!

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