Glacier National Park, Chandelier Tree in Leggett, California, s. A gas station in Florida, A Signal gas station, s. Packing up for a road trip, s. A Volkswagen bus, Volkswagen Bug with a Kangaroo Camper, Cadillac Ranch before the graffiti, near Amarillo, Texas, Puuuuleeeeease people! We have already forgotten rules 1 and 3. Eating out requires a stop of the vehicle. Eating out costs money.
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We have filled our rectangular suitcases full of necessities and dad has placed them with precision in the trunk with skill that rivals an experienced brick layer. The trunk is full. So full that a piece of notebook paper placed on the top of the suitcases would cause the trunk to pop open. My dad would have seen this as a sign to the world of packing failure. That would be unacceptable. Tears were the ONLY drink available because of rules 1 and 3.
Unlucky was the child who realized pee urgency within the first few hours post fill-up. Dehydration was the goal. Who needs drinks when the sandwiches are of the floating variety? No amount of crying, screaming, bladder explosion or road trip songs would make my dad turn around and head back for home.
Myself and twin …and most All my family are all 5th generation natives of Florida. Our great-great-grandfather was the first mayor of Clearwater Florida — when Clearwater was incorporated as a city in the mid-to-late s.
In I had the honor to get my freshwater scuba license practice done in the cool spring waters of Weeki Wachee, where these beautiful women performed their Roadside Attraction ballet dance in the water. The only thing I could think of when I was down there doing my freshwater dive practice, was being in the same exact spot as those beautiful ladies, I felt so fortunate.
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I am so proud to be a native from Florida and the Tampa Bay area. I grew up in South Florida after moving there as a child in I had always wanted to see the mermaids at Weeki Watchee but never got the chance! At that time before Disney World, all of the Florida attractions were advertised in motel lobbies in racks of cardboard placards with pictures and little maps.
Most are gone to development or destroyed by hurricanes over the years. I was thrilled to finally see the famous mermaids and to have my picture taken with them after the show—a classic! Potentially better, I was able to purchase a wax souvenir statue of a mermaid from a vending machine that forms it in front of you in a window while you wait… All the great sights of Florida had them and they were also featured in the old Florida Turnpike rest areas that also offered fresh squeezed orange juice for free! My siblings and I would take turns going with him to work during the summer.
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We were allowed to take a friend with us. We had all day to go on each attraction over and over again. I remember the mermaid shows, the river cruise and I think a train ride that wound around the park. Such great memories! This article makes me want to go again.
Now sounds like the perfect time to travel back to the spring to make new memories! Thanks for sharing this with us Jeannie. My daughter was a mermaids at Wickiwachee. Wow, My Buddy and I rode our motorcycles to Florida the day after college commencement It rained all the way from Northern Ohio. Stopped at Weeki Wachee.
It brings back memories of a fun trip. The so called mermaids hardly have shows anymore and I can tell you, they do not look anything like the slim creatures one would see of days gone by. Now you have a slide that sends you down into the water. Kayaking, and a small gift shop. Did I mention snakes in the water? Your email address will not be published.
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