Today Mr. Ames and I struck out with “The Girls” for a drive through the Deseret Ranch.* A beautiful and peaceful drive through the back roads of rural Florida. Scenes of vast green pastures dotted with cattle and horses grazing beside stands of Cypress trees, Live Oaks and Pine trees. “The Girls” got to get out and stretch their legs so everyone enjoyed the ride.Our destination was to a small town called St. Cloud, Florida.
Funny how small towns get their start. In 1909 investors from Washington purchased the former 36,000-acre Disston Sugar Manufacturing Company on the East shore of Lake Tohopekaliga. Lake Toho for short.
|Ruins of the Disston Sugar Mfg. Co.|
The new town of St. Cloud was laid out up in Washington and advertised to Union Civil War veterans as opportunity. Lots were sold for a mere $50 and included a free five-acre tract and a tent.
The streets are laid out in a grid and have names taken from states like Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania.
This quaint little town has some really neat antique shops and Thrift stores in its historical downtown district. Mr. Ames and I decided to come back another day without “The Girls” so we can check out the shopping and eat lunch at Crabby Bill’s right on the lake.
|Source: Trip Advisor|
Our little get away drive to St. Cloud, Florida was 98 miles round trip and it cost us about $25.00 in gas plus the price of two cups of coffee for the drive back home. It was worth it. Sometimes you just gotta go and see.
* (If you are interested in more information about the Deseret Ranches, I have a provided a link to their website here: http://www.deseretranchflorida.com/welcome.html )
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Thanks for stopping by!~Ames