We carry our bikes with us but haven't used them as much as we thought we would. Florida is probably one of the flattest states and it has lots of nice bicycle trails so no more excuses it was time to check out a trail. The Withlacoochee Trail was a short drive away and on Monday (1/25) we put the bikes in the truck and headed over. This trail is a rail-trail (converted from railroad tracks). The total length is 46 miles and it passes through small towns, ranches and natural areas. We ended up riding 23 miles round trip, it was a perfect day for riding - 70's with a little cloud cover.
|Apple Geniuses are sooooooo patient!!|
Since our trip to the Apple Store in Tampa was unsuccessful we decided to visit one in the nearby town of Brandon on Thursday (1/28). We also signed up for some classes (Mac Basics and IPhone Basics). Apple Stores are wonderful places and even though neither of us really needed the basic classes you always learn something new. They also looked at my IPad and told us it was beyond repair :(. We weren't surprised and went ahead and bought a new one. Apple sure gets a lot of our money.
There is a Kumquat Fest every year in Dade City Florida - who knew??? Of course we had to check it out. There were kumquat pies and kumquat ice cream and a craft fair and live music. We had a good time and I even bought a few little crafty items (when the Cubs are back in the playoffs I'll definitely be ready!)
|Our site at Fountainbleau|
|Ben and his bag of goodies!|
|Mary, Marty, Becky, Meredith and Ben|
|Jambalaya - YUM - Thanks Becky!|
|Walking the very muddy trails|
|It's fun being an Elk|
While staying in Dallas we took a drive on Friday to the Fort Worth Stockyard Area. No more stockyards just a lot of shops and saloons. We visited the Fort Worth Museum and the director showed us outside where we could walk the catwalk over the old cattle pens. From there it was just a short stroll to Billy Bob's Honky Tonk - the largest in Texas. We paid $2.00 each to go in and now you don't have to, it wasn't worth it. I'm sure it's way more fun in the evening with live music.
|Yes I'm sitting on a live longhorn! His name is Maverick but we think he resembles a certain presidential candidate|
|This light bulb in the Fort Worth Museum has been lit since 1908. Hmmmm, maybe if the darn thing would go out the Cubs would win the World Series - I'll check back with them in October!|
|Book Depository, Red Arrow is pointing to where Lee Harvey Oswald fired the shots|
|It's hard to see the "Grassy Knoll", 50 years ago the trees weren't so large.|
We wanted to visit the Buddy Holly Museum on Monday but they were closed so we visited his gravesite instead. We also went to Prairie Dog Town - fun, right?
|The tradition is to leave a guitar pick and Marty just happened to have one.|
|This is Robert Bruno's Steel House overlooking the rim at Ransom Canyon near Lubbock - weird isn't it?|
|An exact replica of the drums used by Jerry Allison of the Crickets in his bedroom where they practiced|
|Hanging out with Buddy|
That's it for Lubbock, we're leaving here Wednesday morning and, I can't believe I'm saying this, we are heading north. Not too far north, just up to I-40 with a stop at Palo Duro Canyon. We still have almost two weeks to get to Mesa so we have some time to visit some areas in New Mexico and Arizona that we haven't been to yet.