Monday, May 29, 2017

Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins State Park 2

The mill was driven by a steam engine.  It operated from 1851 to 1864.

One of many pits around the press.  Molasses was the residue after process in the cane into sugar.  The molasses was sold to make rum.

 Another pit

An overall view of the pit area.



For this trip we took the Honda as there are no camping facilities at this state park.

Tippy says, "I had to wait in the car.  Ron wouldn't let me to to the mill because we would have had to cross a busy highway and he was afraid that I might get hit by a car.  Ron loves me."

That's all for a while.  We don't have any trips planned for the next month - but something may turn up.  You can never tell.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins SP

Like many Florida county roads, the highway to the Old Sugar Mill is flat, smooth and straight.

The site of the Yulee Sugar Mill State Park was once part of a thriving sugar plantation owned by David Yulee.

This pavilion is available to State Park visitors - first come first served.  Grills and picnic tables are scattered throughout the park.

The highway runs right through the park.  David Yulee was a member of the Florida Territorial Legislative Council and served in the U. S. House of Representatives and U. S. Senate after Florida became a state.

The park contains the remnants of a 5100-acre sugar plantation. This 40-foot  limestone masonry chimney, iron gears and a cane press are what is left.

Sugar press.


Close-up of the sugar press


Better view of the press.  Notice the information placards scattered throughout the park.


More about the sugar mill next post.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Monday, May 22, 2017


Look who came to visit Tippy and me at our house today.

A female Sandhill Crane.  She may be looking for a nesting place.  They usually lay two eggs and incubate them for about a month.

Here she is with her better half.  He has the red top.

She's busy getting a drink of water from the bird bath.

The next day, Tippy spotted the male checking out our walking path.

He was not the least bit afraid of me.  He walked right up and let me take his picture.  Tippy didn't know whether to bark or run.

When we got back from  our walk, Tippy noticed sand flying up around the power pole in our back yard.  

When we investigated, this is what we found. A turtle digging a nesting hole.

They are called by many different names - I call them turtles.  Tippy says that she calls them friends.

After welcoming all those visitors, Tippy curled up in her favorite spot - on the back of the couch - She can look out the window or sleep in the sunshine here.

That's all for today.  Tomorrow, we go to the Old Sugar Mill State Park.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Cinco de Mayo

The folks in my neighborhood celebrate everything.  This was a decoration for our Cinco de Mayo luncheon.

We had about 20 folks to show up for the luncheon.  Most of my neighbors come to Florida for the winter and go back north during the summer.  

The luncheon started with alcoholic and non-alcoholic margaritas.

One of my neighbors was in charge of the celebration.  She made all the fixings for Tacos.  I like Tacos.

You can see the taco shells at the end of the table.  We had both hard and soft taco shells.  I like hard best.  I also like lots of tomatoes on my tacos.

Of course we had desert.

Appetizer was chips and Mexican flavored crunchy sticks.

 My paper plate was decorated to look like a football.  The food you see was my second helping.  Mmmm good.

We also have pot luck dinners about once a month.  Maybe we'll post about one of those next.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Garvan Gardens - Hot Springs - The Pond

More waterfalls - We had to go down a steep hill to get to the pond.

At last, the pond - Tippy is very excited seeing the fish.

There are gold fish, white fish, and fish that are a mixture of all colors.  These are not small gold fish like in a bowl - These are big.

The Garden's gift shop sells fish food so that visitors can feed the fish.  The fish have learned this.  So....., the fish swim up to everyone who comes to the pond bank.  The fish beg for food. We didn't buy any fish food but the fish came to see us anyway.

The "climb" down to the pond was worth the effort.  Don't you think so?

Tippy is absolutely fearless.  She doesn't know what might be in those bushes but it's her instinct to go in there and see.  She's a very curious dog.  Tippy wants to know if you noticed her new "pink" harness.

Our last look at the Garvan Gardens includes a couple of peacocks.

Tippy says, "I'll never forget this trip.  They stamped my paw with a re-entry stamp - just like they do humans.  What a great day for me that day was."

Bad storms are coming through so we are going to head home tomorrow.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Monday, May 15, 2017

Garvan Gardens - Hot Springs 2

That's a small pond down there.

We were just wandering along the trail and came up on a little bridge.

Tippy wants to go down the hill and see the little pond up close.

But, first, she must carefully examine every rock, plant and grain of sand along the way.

A waterfall (trickle) provides water to the pond.

We are getting closer to the pond.  When we got to this point, there was absolute silence except for the tinkling sound of the tiny water fall and the birds singing with joy.  Nice, could sit here all day.

Nice spot to rest as we go down the hill to the pond.

Tippy checking out a small waterfall.

Next post, we will reach the pond and discover a surprise.

Ron, Tippy and Treky