West Orange Trail

 Kaelin in Winter Garden
Kaelin in Winter Garden

Amazing trail near Orlando.  We started at Killarny Station near Oakland and rode about 11 miles.  This took us through Winter Garden which has a beautiful downtown.  The trail is very clean, an easy ride with just a few inclines and quite a varied scenery.

Kaelin loved the many playgrounds that were on the trail.  The playgrounds were nestled among parks that were immacutely taken care of, being enjoyed by many.  A brochure we picked up stated that approximately 80,000 people a month visit this trail and its parks.  It certainly was busy today.

Of course no trail so far has surpassed our favorite, The Silver Comet Trail, but this one definitely comes in second.  We will surely be traveling the West Orange Trail again.  After all we still have another playground to check out and a Nature Trail to visit.

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The Dry Tortugas by Lesa

It has now been almost two months since we have been to the Dry Tortugas.  Yet it is still fresh in my mind.  The Tortugas are truly an awe inspiring place.  Its history, its purpose, its wildlife and its remoteness are one of a kind.  Sailing into it seemed to take forever.  Always we were looking to the horizon for hints of the fort and then finally there it was.  And, as if it too were waiting on us as its guests, it sent birds and dolphins to escort us into the anchorage.  We felt like royalty.  The anchorage, an area near the entrance, would prove to be somewhat unsafe, however very pretty.

I have traveled to some rather interesting places in my day, especially Italy, but Fort Jefferson is in a class all its own.  It takes up, in space, the whole of the island.  The island is surrounded by beautiful ocean and a few cays.  The fort was built with millions of bricks, but mind you its 70 miles from the nearest mainland.  Jim stated that this island should be considered among the wonders of the world.