Entries for June, 2012

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Old Polk County Courthouse: A Walk through History in Bartow, Florida

Old Polk County Courthouse: A Walk through History in Bartow, Florida

June 30, 2012 No Comments When we found ourselves unexpectedly stranded for an extended time in Lake Wales, Florida, Dad and I decided to make the most of the opportunity. Although we both grew up in nearby Lakeland, we actually knew very little of the region’s history and significance. That all changed when we visited the Old Polk County Courthouse ...

 

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Mulberry Phosphate Museum and Homeland Heritage Park: Mulberry, Florida

Mulberry Phosphate Museum and Homeland Heritage Park: Mulberry, Florida

June 27, 2012 No Comments Dad and I recently found ourselves stuck in Lake Wales, Florida, a tiny town an hour away from Lakeland, where I grew up. As days turned into weeks, we decided to take advantage of our location and explore the region. It’s a good thing we did, or we never would have discovered the Mulberry Phosphate ...

 

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Florida’s Natural Grove House: Exploring the Citrus Industry in Lake Wales

Florida’s Natural Grove House: Exploring the Citrus Industry in Lake Wales

June 24, 2012 No Comments Citrus fruits were introduced to Florida during the 16th century by Spanish explorers. Some experts believe that the very first orange tree in the United States was planted by Ponce de Leon himself in St. Augustine in the mid-1500s. The fruit grew well in Florida’s subtropical climate, but the citrus industry as we know it ...

 

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A Puerto Rico Family Vacation

A Puerto Rico Family Vacation

June 20, 2012 No Comments Looking for an island vacation that you and your family will love as much as Hawaii, but want something completely different? Try Puerto Rico. As a U.S. commonwealth, you won’t need a passport, prices are reasonable, and it’s an easy flight two hours out of Miami.  Best of all along with beautiful beaches and plenty ...

 

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Depot Museum: Central Florida History in Lake Wales, Florida

Depot Museum: Central Florida History in Lake Wales, Florida

June 19, 2012 No Comments Dad and I love the full-time RV lifestyle. Whether we are exploring big cities or discovering tiny towns, we always find something to do. Generally, however, our tolerance for small towns is limited to just a few days. By the end of the first week, we’re ready for some big city excitement. Through no fault ...

 

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Spook Hill: A Vintage Roadside Attraction in Lake Wales, Florida

Spook Hill: A Vintage Roadside Attraction in Lake Wales, Florida

June 16, 2012 No Comments When they find out that we RV travel full-time, people generally ask Dad and me two basic questions: How do you decide where to go, and what do you do when you get there? Our standard response to the first is, we make it up as we go along. For the second, we can have ...

 

Favorite Family Friendly Bed and Breakfasts on the West Coast

Favorite Family Friendly Bed and Breakfasts on the West Coast

June 10, 2012 No Comments Many families chose chain motels or hotels for a vacation. The reason: a known quantity, size of the room, amenities such as a pool or video games for the kids, portable cribs for the smallest travelers. Another reason is: sure, we’d love to stay at a bed and breakfast, but most of them don’t welcome ...

 

Mojave National Preserve – Family Fun off the Grid

Mojave National Preserve – Family Fun off the Grid

June 7, 2012 1 Comment We’re intrepid desert explorers. In fact, I was off-roading in Death Valley when I was pregnant with my daughter, and perhaps it was that experience that led to a life long love of California desert views and trips with expanses of sand and parades of cactus included. The Road Untraveled – Mojave National Preserve One ...

 

Experiencing the Southern California 2012 Eclipse

Experiencing the Southern California 2012 Eclipse

June 6, 2012 No Comments We were recently treated to a solar eclipse in Southern California.  The event took place on May 20th, 2012 between 5:15pm and 7:45pm. While we had to outrun a little coastal fog to get a clear view, we had a great time, and the kids saw a once-in-a-lifetime (or three or four times in a ...

 

Top Miami Attractions for Families with Kids

Top Miami Attractions for Families with Kids

June 4, 2012 No Comments The city of Miami in the southeastern coast of Florida is a lively place with its balmy breezes, tropical environment and endless attractions. The following venues (listed alphabetically) are great places to visit whenever you are looking for something fun or new to do with the kids.     Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden There is ...

 

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