Saturday, April 1, 2017

Horses and hiking near Arcadia, Florida

When we went to the Tampa RV Supershow in January, we were given several free stays at RV parks. The longest was one week at Cross Creek RV Resort in Arcadia, Fl.

Depending on your definition of "nice," this is a nice RV resort. It is huge--around 600 spots, a combination of park model homes and RV spots. It has a beautiful office, workout facility (haven't seen it yet), billiards room (haven't seen it either), huge swimming pool, activity courts (tennis, pickle ball, shuffleboard), and a big community room. It is very clean and neat. It is not, however, my ideal of a place to stay. Not many trees, though. This was most likely farmland. No picnic table, either, although there is ample room on the concrete patio.

"Junior" at Cross Creek RV Resort.


Arcadia is a small southwestern central Florida town, about an hour to two hours to everything--the gulf coast, Orlando, Tampa, etc. It is essentially a farming-turned-RV community, one of many around here. Snowbirds flock to this area during the winter, probably because it is pretty inexpensive, much less expensive than, say, renting in The Villages or nearer to prime tourist areas.

That said, it is a free week (can't beat the price!), and it will serve our purpose fine, which is to get away for a week and relax from household chores.

Jim did some research into area attractions. Yesterday, we went to see the Royal Lippizzan Stallions at Ottomar Hermann Training facility. These are the famous dancing horses from Austria. These horses are so beautiful!


The training facility opens its doors to the public three days a week during the winter. For a $5 donation, you can watch the horses and their riders/trainers practice their performances. On April 29 they will have a full dress rehearsal. Too bad we won't be here then.

Here is a link to one of the videos I took of the prancing horses. (I hope you will be able to view it.)
https://goo.gl/photos/Ds6SXDia21zMHdH68



Today, we ventured out to another area attraction, the Crowley Museum and Nature Center. This is a little-known Florida cracker museum and buildings, with cracker cattle, nature trails, organic garden, and various other animals. We had a pleasant afternoon walking the trails.

Afterward, we wanted to see a nearby Indian mound. On the map, it appeared to be just outside a nearby state park, but when we inquired at the park, the attendant did not know anything about the Indian mound. We drove about 20 miles to the main entrance and asked another attendant. Same answer. So, we went home without seeing an Indian mound.

Both Indiana and Illinois are famous for their Indian mounds. I, however, have never seen them. Apparently the Coloosa Indians (also Colusa) built mounds around here and at the west coast of Florida. We will see them at another time.

I believe we will drive over to Sarasota tomorrow or the next day and tour the circus attractions there.

In the meantime, it feels nice just to relax.

Until next time,

Your Reluctant RoVer,

Linda

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