I love Florida

Discussion in 'Videos' started by R_W_B, Apr 9, 2011.

  1. R_W_B

    R_W_B Senior Member

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    I wanted to share this video of Florida with the song Seminole Wind, by John Anderson. I love the song and I love Florida. I am about as Florida as they come. I was born in Orlando in 1950. All my Uncles, Aunts and all us cousins camped on the St. John's river every year on vacation. Back then it you didn't see many humans on the river. Now days it's kinda like Interstate 4.

    My cousins and I would dive for fresh water muscles to use as bait on trot lines for turtles and catfish. My Dad and my Uncles would catch gators, shoot swamp rabbits and cut swamp cabbage to eat. We didn't have to bring much to the river back then. There was plenty to survive well on if you knew where to find it.

    We used to hook a small fish to a cork line up high to the top of the water and sit on the bank waiting on the big Aligator Gars to come after it. If you aimed just right below the cork you could kill him with a 22 rifle. We've killed many of them over 6ft long. The look kinda like a huge Barrarcuda. We always figured it was better fishing to have them gone since they eat a lot of fish. When my wife and I got married in 1980 we took our honeymoon on Lake Hatchineha for a week. We fished all day and fried them at night.

    Now years later I have given up fishing for some time now, just got tired of it. But I still love getting out in the woods. This state has a lot of history, I had Seminole Indian friends on my street growing up. The Seminole's were done wrong during the settling of Florida but that was a long time ago. When I saw a photo of Chief Osceola at the Old Fort at St. Augustine it made me sad, since he was imprisoned there. You could almost read a story in his eyes. The Seminoles do fairly good now with the Casinos etc. The engineers got it wrong the Okeechobee Canal the first time but yrs later they have fixed their misjudgement and the wetlands have started to return.

    Anyhow I could go on and on about Florida while you get even more bored.
    Hope you enjoy the song and the scenary. Wish I had time to do my own video because I could show some much bigger gators than the few in this video.
    Here is the link.
    YouTube - John Anderson - Seminole Wind
     
  2. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    Nice real nice:s
     
  3. mat 60

    mat 60 Senior Member

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    Thats cool and you have had a very intersting life sir....I have never even seen a gator in real life...
     
  4. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    Do you want one We can find one for you pretty easy:p
     
  5. mat 60

    mat 60 Senior Member

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    If I saw one I would run for my life..:D..No thanks...I bet thay taste like chicken..
     
  6. kemo

    kemo R.I.P

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    The past number of years we have wintered in Florida in the Salt Springs area of the Ocala National Forest. I love it there, nice quite safe roads to ride with nice scenery, lots of wild life such as bear and deer and gators. Usually a bunch of bikers from our resort will gather and go for a ride with the wifes to some little place and have a lunch. We will go to Three Bananas or Lake Weir or Cypress Keys or even Daytona. There are places well within a 125 mile return trip.

    This year the wife wanted to try something different so we went to Texas. Our truck was stolen with our dog in it. The drug cartel took the truck from a Walmart parking lot in Weslaco |Jan 27. The Border Patrol recovered the truck coming back from the Rio Grand River full of marijuana. The occupants took off and ran. our dog Hogan was never found. I hate Texas, I didn't feel safe on the highways and the wind was always blowing. I hate Texas and will most likely never go back. The people that we met were fabulous, we have never met so many wonderful people.

    We have reservations back at Salt Springs next winter. I have introduced Salt Springs to a few people including Steve07 and last year I had 12 friends from home come down for Bike Week. I love the Forest and the Springs.
    Ken
     
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  7. mat 60

    mat 60 Senior Member

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    Im sorry about hogan...It wouldnt been no whair near as bad if the jerks left your dog...
     
  8. R_W_B

    R_W_B Senior Member

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    Hi Kemo, I know the areas you are talking about. The only surviving Uncle of mine lives in a little place about 20 miles north of Lake Weir off Hwy 40. He's 80 now. I remember there was a good barbeque place there on Hwy 40 last time I was up there in 1998.

    The deer in Florida are (as you saw) much smaller than the grain fed ones of Alabama and states north of here. The Florida wild hogs (to me) are much better eating.

    Sounds like you had one heck of a time in Texas. That reads almost like a 60 minutes special Vacation Gone Bad. So sorry about your dog. I wasn't that impressed with Texas either when I was there at Ft. Hood in 1972. My stepson is now at Ft. Hood though and he loves it out there. Says he might live there when he gets out of the Army.

    Too bad the smugglers didn't leave you a small case of $100 bills under the seat somewhere.
     
  9. Jack Klarich

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    Actually not bad if you ever make it down here we can go to Clarks Fish Camp and have some, I bet H D DON knows of this place:s
     
  10. kemo

    kemo R.I.P

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    Actually RWB the thieves that stole the truck found my $700 stash. They cleaned out all of my personnal contents plus the 5th whel hitch, cb radio and XM radio plus tools and a fuel tank and a spare battery. They painted the rear door windows and the back window black and removed the dome lights. Also missing were the owners manuals, the wheel nut locking socket and the spare tire locking socket, prescription glasses and expensive sun glasses a cell phone plus numerous other items.
    Ken