A lot of people have e-mailed, telling me that we have to go to Disney World and Epcot while we’re at the Clermont Thousand Trails preserve. Sorry, but it isn’t going to happen. I don’t do mice, even ones named Mickey.
When I was a kid, we spent almost a year living within a five mile drive of Disneyland in California, and I never saw the place. My parents took my sister a time or two, but I never wanted to go, and instead spent the day at a friend’s house.
I’ve just never been into theme parks. I went to high school in Toledo, Ohio, a short drive from Cedar Point, perhaps the biggest amusement park in the Midwest. I went one time with some friends, and was bored stiff. I just wasn’t interested. Does that say something about my warped psyche, even way back then?
So paying big bucks for tickets to Epcot just isn’t going to happen. Heck, I don’t even think we’d go if the tickets were free! We’re not into crowds, and we have too many other things we’d prefer to do with our time.
We much prefer simple things, like the little Historic Village that we discovered yesterday when we drove into Clermont to pick up our mail at the post office. Located near the southern shore of Lake Minneola, the village is a collection of historic buildings that include the train depot, which was built in 1925. The large round gray doors on the side of the building, in the forefront of this picture, are to the building’s old boiler.
The two story building just past the depot is the circa 1895 Townsend House, which is furnished with period items. The village also includes the Kern House, and the original Cooper Memorial Library. Tours are conducted of the buildings on Saturdays and Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m.
Back at the Thousand Trails campground, the new seat for my Sea Eagle PaddleSki 435 kayak had arrived right on schedule, just as promised by Tim and Crystal Ryerson at Inflatable Boats 4 Less. These folks really know how to take care of their customers!
I can’t wait to get the PaddleSki back out on the water and try out the new seat, but the wind was blowing hard yesterday, and the water was pretty choppy. Hopefully it will die down today, and I can launch the boat here at the campground.
A couple of days ago I showed you a picture of the gopher tortoise living in a burrow next to our motorhome. We have seen several of the critters in the campground, as well as a number of sand hill cranes.
These are some big, ungainly looking birds, and they have no fear of people. When I stopped to take their picture, they walked right up to the van.
I think this fellow is doing his mating dance. Or else he just put on deodorant, and is drying his wingpits. I’m not sure which.
Thought For The Day – If all is not lost, where is it?