Sarasota, Florida

Voted home of the best beach in the United States, Sarasota has become the destination of many vacationers as well as snowbirds.

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 Sunset on City Island overlooking the Ringling Bridge

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The famous dolphin fountain on city island.

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Marina Jacks,popular restaurant

Located on the south edge of the Greater Tampa Bay area,Sarasota has much to offer,world class beaches, art, theater, beautiful scenery, fine restaurants,and  minor league as well as spring training baseball. 

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

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Venice Florida

Venice, a city of approximately 21,000, is located in Sarasota County Florida. The city’s early as well as present claim to fame lies in it’s airport located on the south side of town.

Built in the early 1940’s by the United States Army Air Force it served as a military training facility base, being used as well by( ATC), Air Transport Command to deliver US built aircraft to Britain. As soon as the war was over the US government gave the airport to the city of Venice.

The airport has 2, 5000 runways and is  the base of FFTC (Florida Flight Training Center), that does pilot training as well as charter service within Florida and the surrounding states.

Triple Diamond is the main FBO and provides assistance to jet aircraft.

On September 12, 2001, national news and the FBI descended on Venice  as it was discovered that three of the WTC 9/11 terrorists, Mohamed Atta,Marwan Al-Shehhi, and Ziad Jarrah, had all lived in Venice for the purpose of taking flight training lessons at the Venice Municipal Airport. The trio had all enrolled in Huffman Aviation.

Atta’s time in Venice has been chronicled by Daniel Hopsicker in his book,” Welcome to Terrorland.”

Due to the beauty of the area, warm weather, and white sandy beaches ,many of the men and women who. were stationed in Venice during the war came back to make it their permanent home

Having been listed in many circles as the shark’s tooth capital of the world , Venice holds an annual shark’s tooth festival to commemorate the abundance of shark’s teeth(some of which are known to be thousands of years old) that can be found in the area. Teeth can be found by walking the beach and sifting through the sand, although the best results are had by diving off shore. One can only hope to find the teeth without the shark attached. Just kidding, shark attacks are extremely rare,  no shark attacks have been reported in Sarasota County in many many years.

Probably the best area to find shark’s teeth is south of town behind the airport at a beach known as Caspersen’s Beach, although Sharkey’s Beach is also popular, where shovels and scoops can be rented to find teeth anywhere from 1/4 in. to 3 inches and larger.

 

In the past, due to the near perfect weather and beautiful scenery,Venice has been the winter home for many organizations,including the Kentucky Military Institute as well as the Ringling Circus .

Be it for a short stay or a lifetime home, Venice calls .

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed and applied what he has learned to solving the many issues facing not only the United States, but the world as well.

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Sarasota City Island Park

Located in the heart of Sarasota, City Island Park is the perfect spot to spend a couple hours enjoying all that Sarasota has to offer.

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Sunset  on City Island Park

Directly across from world renowned Marina Jacks and in view of the famous John Ringling Bridge, it is the perfect spot to walk your dog or just enjoy the view.

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Sarasota Dolphins

The picturesque dolphins on display in the water fountain is a favorite photo-op for a keepsake to last a lifetime.

The one-half mile paved path around the island is marked off in eighth-mile increments making walking easy and enjoyable.

After your walk, it is time to relax, enjoy a drink and sandwich at O’Leary’s Tiki Bar and Grill.

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature, landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean, and studied Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different cultures!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has studied.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks, please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

 

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Florida Sunrise

As the sun rise over paradise, a new day begins.

This photo taken near Bradenton, Florida on the Manatee River is a perfect example of how beautiful earth can be.

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After spending most of our lives in the north and dealing with obscene weather in the winter, many of us now enjoy a more friendly environment in the sunny south.

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Day 16: Back Home

Because we were able to leave Washington  D.C. four hours early, we will get home much sooner than we had planned. Arising just after day light we are already in Florida, approaching Jacksonville.

Meeting two fellow travelers in the dining car, we find they are indeed from Jacksonville and are traveling to Winter Haven for the day and back to Jacksonville on the evening train.

Leaving Orlando , we are on the home stretch,as we approach Lakeland it has   begun to rain. Hope it’s not raining in Tampa when we get there.

Sunset on a great trip

The train has to turn around and back into the Amtrak station in Tampa to prepare itself for the return trip to Washington D.C. This little fact allows us enough time to grab lunch in the dining car prior to our departure.

From there it will be an Amtrak bus to Sarasota, these aren’t too bad , as Martz is the contracted carrier, they are much better than Greyhound.

As we arrive into Sarasota, I begin to wonder if our car is still there. We had parked in a city garage for no charge. I wondered if the guy who told us it was OK to park there really knew what he was talking about. It seemed too good to be true, but I figured a towing bill would be no more expensive than paying parking fees for sixteen days.

As the bus stops at our destination ,we disembark and begin walking to our car. Cool, the car is still here! I caught a break. And so ends a sixteen day adventure, all is well!

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Sarasota Florida: Kayaking

Sarasota Florida: Home of the number one beach in the United States!

 

One of the premier vacation and retirement spots in the country Sarasota never fails to surprise one. Where else would you find kayakers on ocean water but in Sarasota Florida?

Recently my wife and I decided to join a group of Shriners on a sunset cruise aboard the “LaBarge”based on the Sarasota waterfront. Boarding  about an hour before sunset with all hands on board, we set sail out of the harbor. With luxury homes dotting the waterfront and many sailboats on the bay it was a delightful cruise with all looking forward to a typical  gorgeous Florida sunset.

We weren’t disappointed and to top it all off, as the sun set in the west, a rising full moon  greeted us in the east . How perfect is that? Several fellow boaters joined us for the evening as sailors in sailboats, yachts and jet skis were all cruising the waterways.

The most interesting was a kayak I happened to catch as it floated below the setting sun, what a joy that must have been quietly skimming across the water, silently enjoying nature in a pristine environment.

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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Parrish Florida

Parrish Florida located about 40 miles south east of Tampa Florida on the states suncoast has a long history.

Parrish is named after one of its first settlers, Crawford Parrish
(1811–1899) who came to Manatee County in 1869. He then purchased land at Oak
Hill from Major William Turner, on which Parrish farmed food crops as
well as tobacco, citrus, cattle and hogs. He also homesteaded many acres
and in 1885 was awarded a 40-acre land grant
signed by President Grover Cleveland. He as his wife, Mary, had eight
children many of whose descendants still call Parrish home.

Crawford and
Mary Parrish are buried at Fortner Cemetery. Crawford and Mary
Parrish’s son John Parrish (1857–1918) was influential in the early
years of Parrish. Like many of his neighbors. Parrish made much of his
income from citrus, which had to be hauled by mule and wagon to waiting boats in Bradenton. Parrish knew that a railroad stop at Oak Hill ( as
Parrish was then known) was crucial to the towns development. He thus 
convinced railroad and government officials to build a depot at Oak Hill
and he then donated land for the depot, water tank and for miles of track.

The depot brought packing houses, grocers, doctors, druggists and other
merchants to town. Parrish thrived until the Great Depression destroyed
much of its commerce and farmers and ranchers were forced to leave for
work in big cities. Packing houses and grocers closed down and it  would
take decades for many families to recover. But the Parrish name lives
on, as dozens of descendants of Crawford Parrish still call the area
home and are active in local government, churches, rural health and civic
associations.

Parrish (from historical marker in front of old school house located
on US301 in middle of village) The first documented settlers in
present-day Parrish in early part of 1850 were William B Hooker and
William H Johnson. Here they found the ideal climate, fertile soil and a
nearby river, all suitable for establishing a plantation for their
ill-fated joint venture of growing sea island cotton. After the
partnership was dissolved, Major William Iredell Turner acquired
Hooker’s plantation in 1867 and named it “Oak Hill”. Among the other
earlier settlers were Crawford and Mary Bratcher (Vanzandt) Parrish.
When the post office opened, the name was changed to “Parrish”. The
railroad provided mail and travel service by 1902 Parrish became a
thriving community depending upon a citrus, cattle and agriculture
economy.

There’s a grove here over 100 years old that is still bearing. Area had
three packing houses, three or more churches, two boarding houses,
blacksmith shop and many stores. At turn of century, the Methodist
Church served as a school.  The first
schoolhouse was built on land given by Crawford Parrish. It was removed and replaced with the present building in
1924.

Judah P Benjamin, Confederate Secretary of State, in his 1865
escape from Richmond at the end of the Civil War, was secretly  hidden in a swamp behind Major
Turner’s house for several days before he was transported to Gamble
Mansion where he remained for some time.

In today’s world Parrish ahs probably changed little from it’s early history, still a small village, life goes on around it with little influence to the daily lives of it’s citizens, little has changed here and most people lead a realative simplistic lifestyle enjoying the Florida sunshine with little care about the outside world.

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