Hi all! This week’s Alphabe~Thursday is dedicated to two lovely Florida bloggers, Diane (Lavender Dreams) and Della (Del’s Shells), both live in Ocala.
Where is Ocala?
See the green arrow?
I have some fond memories of Ocala.
I bought my first Stetson hat in Ocala.
And I learned to dance the two- step. Oh what fun that was!
(Of course that was before Mr. Ames)
Ocala is the Horse Capital of the World.
It has some of the most beautiful countryside around. Lush green rolling hills dotted with horse farms.
Yep thars money in them thar hills!
You might even see a lot of Red when you are driving down Interstate 75.
I had the privilege of touring the Emergency One Headquarters in Ocala many years ago.
E-One is a manufacturer of Fire Rescue vehicles and Apparatus. It was an interesting tour. But… being the female that I am, I was fascinated by the furniture in their lobby! It was made out of highly polished Aluminum diamond plate made by a fabricator working at that plant. I’ve never seen anything like it anywhere else. Sorry, no pictures to share, it was back in the 80’s and I didn’t even own a camera back then. But oh what a thing of beauty!
Photo credit: Bruce Mozert
Speaking of beauty… Silver Springs is a must see place.
Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Calvin Coolidge, and Harriet Beecher Stowe have visited the Silver River.
Many movies have been filmed there; Tarzan, Sea Hunt TV series, The Creature From the Black Lagoon, The Yearling (written by one of my favorite Florida authors, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings) James Bond, Six Million Dollar Man, and Smokey and the Bandit 3 just to name a few.
The water is crystal clear until it meets the Ocklawaha River*. Then you will see an amazing thing. A perfect demarcation where the tannin stained waters of the Ocklawaha River meet the crystal clear waters of the Silver River. It’s like night and day with no dusk or dawn. You just have to see it for yourself.
You will also see many wild Rhesus monkeys and some of the largest alligators I’ve ever seen.
*The Ocklawaha River is the principal tributary of the St. Johns River. The St. Johns is included alongside the few rivers that flow north in the United States, such as Yellowstone and the Red river.
Gosh there’s so much more to cover so I will just leave you with this link to enjoy: http://www.silversprings.com
See you next week for the letter “P”.
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Thanks for stopping by! ~Ames