Wednesday, January 6, 2016

December 19, 2015 - Apopka, Altamonte Springs & Celebration, FL

Erwin was up long before 8 am, checked the weather, woke Edith up to let her know it was time to get up. Last night we discussed about going to Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive early in the morning. 

It was cold and windy.  In the Jeep the temperature registered at 50˚ and Erwin was wearing SHORTS!  Big show-off!

We almost got lost going to the wildlife drive because the GPS was not set up properly, so Edith opened up the map on Erwin’s IPhone and found the right way.  We arrived around 9:45 am.  There were not too many cars like the last time we were here.  It was quiet most of the way. There were not much wildlife to see, but we saw herons, anhingas, alligators (babies and adults), ducks, hawk and harriers (a kind of hawk).

Great Blue Heron
Juvenile Red-Shouldered Hawk
Baby Alligator
Belted Kingfisher
Yellow-Rumped Warbler 

Black-bellied Whistling Duck
It was already past noontime when we exited the wildlife drive.  We were in mood for BBQ foods, so we went to Porkie’s Original BBQ. It is at 256 E, Main Street in Apopka, FL. It is supposed to be the best BBQ joint in Central Florida. It serves ribs, chicken and sandwiches. We had pulled pork with two sides: black eye peas and cornbread.  Everything was very good.

Edith had read so much about Crane’s Roost Park in Altamonte Springs, FL.  One of her Instagram followers lives in that area and often posts sunrise pictures from the park.  Unfortunately, 3/4 of the park is closed for renovations and it should be done by summer 2016. We managed to find a parking spot near The Lofts apartment complex and walked to where the Greek Titan Atlas statue is.  This was made by the American Foundry that we visited a few days ago in Sanford, Fl. We did not hang around very long because it was very windy and it started to get chilly.

Someone posted a picture of birds and ducks in Facebook with information on where they were at.  Not too far from Altamonte Springs, so we swung by Overland Park where Lake Jesup is at.  Saw only anhingas and snowy egrets.  Edith was hoping to see owls, but they were not around.

Edith wanted to make one more stop on way back to the resort.  A visit to Greenwood Cemetery. It was established in 1880 and is owned and operated by the City of Orlando. It opens from 7 am-7pm daily. Moonlight walking tours of the cemetery are popular in Orlando, but the next tour is next month. Edith would love to have gone on the tour.  Not too many statues or unusual tombstones, but Edith managed to find some. 


Erwin started to feel so tired and began to yawn a lot, told Edith to take over the driving back to the resort.  It was around 4:30 pm when we left the cemetery.  Edith decided to get on I-4 instead of side streets because it will be faster.  WRONG!!! It was congested for about 4 miles and for 14 miles from the cemetery to the resort it took one hour!

We were so so hungry that Edith hurriedly fixed supper as soon as we entered our room.  She prepared pan-fried pork chops and french cut string beans with crescent rolls.

We put in over 100 miles today. That is a lot of driving, but we enjoyed the day.  Just wished the weather was little warmer.  It went up to 64˚ in the afternoon, but was still windy.

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