Archive for May, 2012

Affordable Comfort, Base Station for Florida Adventure

May 31, 2012

Never sit in traffic.  Be in the center of everything but so far away at the same time.  Have the security of a quiet neighborhood but the privacy of being sheltered in an oak hammock.  See birds of prey nesting in your yard, get visits from sandhill cranes, wood storks and gopher tortoise.  Rest in the comfort of your screened lanai while hummingbirds sip from the shrimp plant off the back deck.  Stay for a month.  30 golf courses within 30 miles, golf a different course every day.   Join Golf Now to get exceptional rates and check the local newspapers for coupons and specials. http://www.golfnow.com/tampa   Stay for a week or maybe two.  Make this home your base station for the many adventures that the Nature Coast, Florida Gulf, and Central Florida have to offer.  This home is mere minutes from I-75,  Hwy 301, Hwy 98 and Hwy 50 making for easy access to so many Florida adventures.  Hike, bike or roller blade the Withlacoochee Trail.  http://wahoohiker.com/2008/05/12/withlacoochee-state-forest-silver-lake-recreation-area/  Visit the eastern side of  Silver Lake and see fantastic sunsets while experiencing the eerie roosting rituals of thousands of turkey and black vultures as they start their fly in 2 hours before sunset.  Drive the sandy trails to this adventure and don’t forget to bring your camera.  Canoe Silver Lake and the Withlacoochee River.  See an abundance of wildlife, deer visiting the edge for a sip, raccoons washing their food, otters cruising along playfully and alligator giants basking on the banks.   There is also the Croom Wildlife Area that is a prime spot for Florida hunters and for those who crave a motorized adventure, motorcycle trails and ATV rental. http://www.floridaforestservice.com/state_forests/withlacoochee_croom.html          http://www.croomatvrental.com/

This is a wonderful rental available through VRBO  http://www.vrbo.com/420476     see more below

Ridge Manor, Florida, 2 bedrooms, VRBO, FRBO, VHBO, VBO, House rental by owner, Ridge Manor rental House, guestbook

Location: Ridge Manor, Central-Disney-Orlando Area, Florida, USA (35 – 40 minutes to Tampa) View Map

Accommodations:  House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible Bed(s), 2 Baths (Sleeps 6-7)

2 BR, 1 with Queen, 1 with Twins, 1 Queen sofa bed, Sleeps 6, 2 Bath ,Central A/C and heat, W/D ,WIFI, Cable,Phone, 3 TV’s, Screened and furnished Lanai ,Fireplace, Carport, 1960’s ranch, Tile and Terrazzo, Twisty oak trees, backyard wildlife includes sandhill cranes, nesting birds of prey, and endangered gopher tortoise, clean and well equipped for all of you needs. Lovely neighborhood to walk or bike. Community Center with bingo and activities a short stroll away. Peace and simplicity in a residential setting. This is a great place to stay if you are thinking of moving to Florida and just want to try before you buy.

Refrigerator, Ice Maker, Coffee Pot, Blender, Microwave, Convection Oven, Range, Cooking
utensils provided, Linens provided, Washer, Dryer, Plenty of
Parking,  Fireplace, Screened Lanai, Central Air, Ceiling Fans

Kayaking, Canoeing, Boating, Fishing,
Swimming, Hiking, Biking, Golfing, Amusement Parks (Orlando Parks and Tampa 50 mins)
Bird watching and Wildlife viewing, Snorkeling & Rafting.
Shopping and nightlife in Orlando and Tampa. (Don’t missTampa’s
Ybor City and Channelside districts.)
Small nearby towns all within 10 minutes drive:
Brooksville, Webster (famous for its large rural flea market),
Dade City ( stroll through its many quaint antique stores while
planning lunch at Limoges) and Bushnell.
Visit the horse farms in Ocala, lovely Inverness, and the mermaids
in Weeki Wachee Springs.

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Weeki Wachee, Cool Clear Water

May 30, 2012

http://www.naturallyhernando.org/

I was so fortunate to spend the month of March in this lovely cottage. This hideaway on Hushpuppy Lane was the perfect location for those looking for many things to do all with in 10 miles. The cottage was clean, comfortable and well equipped, it even had an ice machine to fill your cooler. We fished, saw manatee, turtles, herons and ibis all on the floating dock in the backyard. It was so easy to drop the canoe in that we paddled either out toward the gulf or upstream toward the spring twice per day. The water of the Weeki Wachee is crystal clear and a perfect 72 degrees. We loved swimming in the spring water it made our skin feel so soft and clean. As we paddled we had so many close encounters with wildlife everyday was a new adventure. We swam with the manatee, saw otters, and saw gar as large as our paddles. The schools of mullet were bountiful, we were entertained by their leaps that seemed simply for the joy of it. We enjoyed all of the near by parks, we visited 8 all with in 10 miles. We know why they call this the Nature Coast. The cottage is nicer than the photos reflect, we would return again and again. I would recommend this rental to those who enjoy, swimming, hiking, boating, fishing, seeing wildlife, photography, paddling, diving and adventure. Shopping was convenient. Inexpensive and pleasant restaurants near by. The owner was pleasant and helpful. The neighbors were friendly and quiet.

This and other fine vacation properties can be found at  http://www.vrbo.com/

Waterfront Home on the Beautiful Weeki Wachee

 Florida Vacation Rental by Owner Listing 261673

Weeki Wachee, Florida, 2 bedrooms, VRBO, FRBO, VHBO, VBO, House rental by owner, Weeki Wachee rental House, guestbook, Weeki Wachee

Weeki Wachee, Florida, 2 bedrooms, VRBO, FRBO, VHBO, VBO, House rental by owner, Weeki Wachee rental House, guestbook, Weeki Wachee

Location: Weeki Wachee, Florida Central West, Florida, USA (Just an Hour North of Tampa)

Accommodations:  House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible Bed(s), 1 Bath (Sleeps 4-6)

This is the perfect spot for the fishing enthusiast or just to sit back and relax, you have found the right place! The house, right on the water, is on one level with no stairs to climb. Just an hour north of Tampa and St. Petersburg and minutes from Hernando Beach, restaurants, and shopping, this vacation rental is secluded but convenient. Only 20 minutes by boat to the Gulf of Mexico down the winding waters of the beautiful Weeki Wachee River. A jon boat and two (2) canoes are available for guest’s use at no additional charge. Our home is just minutes from Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.

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Time to start posting again

May 30, 2012

I’ve been so busy since the birth of my new grand-daughter and my focus has been far away from both travel and blogs.

sweet baby june

Over the past months l have traveled.  I went to Portland, OR.   It was frugal because we stayed with family.  There are two important rules when staying with family while traveling, don’t stay too long and always rent a car.

The trip was too short for my liking we only stayed for a week.  It was gloomy almost every day and we experienced a rare Portland snow.  The city had many choices for food and brew and we enjoyed both.

The city of Portland was much like many other cities and really not the kind of vacation adventure I enjoy.  The highlight of our trip was family and we spent as much time as possible with them as Mount Hood stood in the distance on constant vigil.

the family

We had the best time when exploring rural Oregon.  Now that’s an adventure.  We explored along the Columbia River and found ethereal forests draped in green fern and moss.    Waterfalls gushed from mountain crevasses filling our ears with a deafening roar and anointed us with an enlivening mist. http://traveltips.usatoday.com/waterfalls-nearest-portland-oregon-64056.html

We also drove through a mountain pass and took a ride down the coast.  Rough waters carved the coast line, crashing waves and tempting tidal pools abound.

The following photographs of the Oregon coast are courtesy of   seantaylorphotography.com

There was also a treacherous ride in a snow storm through the pass on our return to Portland, driving a rented Crown Victoria.  I can’t believe they don’t use road salt in Oregon.  Their cars don’t rust,  but if there is snow and ice you just might better not go out.

Some day we’ll return for and explore more of what the real Oregon has to offer.