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BigTom last won the day on August 1 2018

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    How about a Turkey Leg topped with Dole Whip
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    Fort Meade, Florida

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  1. I agree, I live in the Fort Meade- Bowling Green area would not even consider living in a tourist area, although we do get a lot of snowbirds in the winter time. Florida is narrow enough that I can get to either coast in about 1 - 1 1/2 hours. Check out Homeland, Florida, small community, close to Bartow, Winter Haven, and Lakeland, not far from Tampa and very friendly people. I live just south of there and if had to move would be my next choice. Also the center of Florida is close to it. (about 5 miles away) Disney World is only 60 miles away also.
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    SDMT queue removed

    I just got a smart phone, my son thought I needed it and bought it for me and set it up. He didn't like my flip phone which worked part time.
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    Tent camping in July with Family!

    I don't see the problem Sinead is having, you are camping and have to expect to rough it a little. She would never get invited to go with us anywhere again.
  4. You have to show ID with Florida address for each ticket holder when picking up tickets
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    Other attractions

    This what I was thinking about when starting this post, just around here are a lot of small attractions that are not worth a full vacation, but are a good way to fill in days on a trip to break up the days. Just around here, and this is not considered a tourist area, we have Bok Tower in Lake Wales, Soloman's Castle in Zolfo Springs, Royal Lippizan Stallion ranch in Myakka City, Manatee viewing area in Sun City, air boat rides on Kissimmee River, you can take swamp buggy rides, and a lot of small towns give history tours and have history museums, Bartow used the old County Court House to house a museum. If interested in buildings, Florida Southern College has a large assortment on Frank LLoyd Wright designed building and offer a tour of them. A lot to see and do in central Florida and not in the center of the tourist areas, So not as crowded and expensive as other areas.
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    SW 2018

    Excellent report, enjoyed the whole thing and think you are a super mom for introducing your kids to a lot of what this country has. I can't imagine my wife even thinking about a trip like that.
  7. You know there is something about being older and wiser. All so I worked for a company that was safety centered, main idea was think what might happen and don't take a chance.
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    Other attractions

    Gators do most of their feeding after dark and are wary of humans. I have been swimming in all kind of water in Florida for over 70 years and never been approached by a gator. Splashing in shallow water like that child in WDW at dusk is just calling a gator to come to supper, but you don't even see many during the day light hours, which is why most visitors to Fla will only see one. Go out late at night and you will be surprised by how many are swimming around. By to what I mentioned to start with, vacation are a good time to teach your children a little history about the places they visit.( I know you will have to research a little before hand, but you might learn a little to) For instance the Seminole wars were the longest lasting and the most costly both in lives and money of all the Indian wars. And you thought the West was wild.
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    Other attractions

    I know this board is mainly about Fort camping, but there is a lot of other things to do in Florida besides the Mouse, Harry Potter, Legoland and the beach. We have a lot of history in this state that is sometimes overlooked by theme parks. When visiting our state, check around and there may be something interesting close by. Check out Lighthouses, if you have never been in one, there are several that have been restored and made in museums you can go in and see how they were built and maned. How about a deep sea fishing trip, a tour on a glass bottom boat, or an air boat in the everglades. May a resort dive, (a short class and a shallow dive with scuba tanks). A lot of history, Oldest town, Saint Augustine, is very interesting and you will learn a lot of history on a tour. Maybe a week in the Keys, you can rent a house for about the same as a week at Fort Wilderness and stay on a tropical island and still be in the USA. Take a charter boat if you enjoy fishing and enjoy fresh seafood, it tastes different from what you get from the stores. A visit to Fort Jefferson on Dry Tortugas is unforgettable and worth the trip. Pigeon Key give a look into how the oversea highway was built. There is a lot to do and see, we have had Indian battles and civil war battles, dinasour bone museums, rail road and ship yards. You can find shark teeth and on beaches and Manatees in the wild, natural springs with glass bottom boats, and many other things that are interesting besides theme parks. Plus most of the people are friendly and are willing to share their knowledge about where they live if you just ask where there is something interesting to see or do.
  10. Great report, enjoyed it very much, Thanks a lot. Tom
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    1 night in Disney and 2 at Legoland

    In March, we should have oranges hanging on the trees with no problem.
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    1 night in Disney and 2 at Legoland

    You should have come down and said hello, orange season is over, but I can always find a few they missed, we call them shiners, you could have picked. I am only about 20 miles south of Legoland.
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    1 night in Disney and 2 at Legoland

    I think they have a ski show on the lake in front of the hospital one Saturday a month with the skiers from the old show for free. It is on a lake side and you need to bring your own chair.
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    1 night in Disney and 2 at Legoland

    I agree 12 and under, but age is all in your attitude. I enjoyed going to Legoland with the grandkids until they go older and had passes for several years. (We live close by) I enjoyed going through the gardens and riding the island in the sky while they enjoyed riding and other things. would not recommend it for older kids unless they were Lego crazy, but an enjoyable day without a huge crowded mess.
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    GDF Visits the Dark Side

    I am in