March 8-17, 2019 is Bike Week in Daytona, Florida. Motorcycles are everywhere, practically. Don’t let them sneak up on your blind side, okay?
Dubbed the “World’s Largest Motorcycle Event,”
Bike Week is a 10-day Daytona Beach area event filled
with high-octane street festivals, concerts, motorcycle
races, bike shows, rallies, manufacturer showcases, live music
daily at iconic venues like Destination Daytona, Iron Horse Saloon, Main Street
Station, Full Moon Saloon, Boot Hill Saloon, Bank and Blues and much
more! Established more than seven decades ago, over 500,000 motorcyclists
make the annual pilgrimage to this Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event. https://www.daytonabeach.com/event/daytona-bike-week-2019/38445/
My personal opinion – drive and enter with caution.
This video clip reflects how bikes can come out of nowhere.
I rode a motorcycle years ago and enjoyed jumping the hills and riding the trails, but was always cautious maneuvering around traffic. I would venture to say most large bike owners, such as Harley Davidson riders, are more conservative than the sleek, high-energy bikes, which remind me of road rockets. Do you agree?
Imagine back in the day – racing with
these beauties. That’s what I thought while
walking in the Jacksonville International Airport, Friday, and took this photo.
The annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida helps with your imagination as you tour the racers, sports and luxury cars. You can also participate in a silent auction. I had forgotten about the event but plan on attending one of these days – and of course take some photos.
Concours is French and means a public display or competition. It typically displays precision restoration of historic and rare automobiles and is an event held worldwide at various times.
Why are these tiny doors in the
U.S. Capitol? I’m glad you asked.
These small doors and the water sources they housed, found in several places in the capitol building, were multipurpose. Years ago they provided water to prevent a future fire from spreading.
The doors also helped ensure the mud tracked in from Washington’s dirt streets and foot paths could be easily cleaned from the capitol’s floors. That is why the doors stand only about 30 inches tall. They conceal low, shallow closets where workers filled pails of water to mop the floors. (Architect of the Capitol – https://www.flickr.com/photos/uscapitol/29122889536)
This is a post for Thursday Doors. You can be added to the list too. Follow this link to Norm’s doors. Check them out and then look for the link to the list. Fill out the form, and your doors are in the gallery of doors for this week. #Thursdaydoors
I couldn’t find my photos of the doors during my last trip to D.C. so I’ll have to rely on the photos from Architect of the Capitol. Thanks.
It’s quiet now, missing the laughter and squealing with the cool spring water. Serene, peaceful, where are the people?
It was a warm pre-spring day with a slight haze from clouds. We ponder, and imagine, that soon the echoes erupt through the oaks; ripples with the splash of the crystal clear flow. It will soon be Ichetucknee’s prime time.
Ichetucknee – Indian word meaning “beaver pond” and is one of Florida’s 33 first-magnitude springs. (Wikipedia) The springs are located close to High Springs, Florida.
To me, prime time is whenever I can be there, taking in the beauty around. I enjoyed the quietness and stillness without all the laughter and splashing – because it was a good picture day – even though vegetation was still dormant.
The soft flow of the springs allows a slight splash now and then but their flow is without effort, abiding within natural barriers. A leaf falls from the tree and you could almost hear it land in the woods, or softly touch the smooth, clear water.
This is a beautiful place. Observe with me the beauty even in the after-affects of winter.
Soon, the people will arrive, the green abounds and the sun bakes. The springs refresh. Below is a nice video from Trips to Discover.
Here is a combination of street art and emphasis on Thursday Doors. Did it catch your attention? Do you notice the door?
High Springs is a town in North Florida with around 4,000 in population. It is not far from the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Since we are getting close to spring, here is another take on it – High Springs. Visit Florida provides a little additional insight, stating it’s the casual tempo of High Springs that entices travelers.
High Springs tempts visitors with diverse and unique offerings of art, antiques and outdoor adventures that make it a refreshing getaway.
Surrounded by natural attractions, the town attracts canoeists, cave divers and campers heading to the nearby Santa Fe River. High Springs is a place for snorkeling, diving, tubing or swimming in natural springs that flow at a steady 72 degrees all year long. https://www.visitflorida.com/en-us/cities/high-springs.html
If you are in the North Florida area it’s worth a little trip to High Springs and enjoy the small town flavor along with the beautiful springs and oaks. https://highsprings.us/ More about the springs later.
“If you don’t know about the list, it’s worth checking out. It’s even worth the minute or two to sign-in, if you haven’t already. Having your door on the list means that more people will see them. I’ve been on the list and off the list, and I can tell you that being on the list puts more eyeballs on your page. How do you get on the list? I’m glad you asked. Follow this link to Norm’s doors. Check them out and then look for the link to the list. Fill out the form, and your doors are in the gallery of doors for this week. ” Dan Antion
I’m sorry I have to provide another tempting post but I need to share with you about another sweet shop with wonderful décor – Sweet Pete’s.
Peruse these mouth-watering treats with me and capture the smells and taste in your imagination. You can even make your own candy – and you can indulge in a tasting tour.
Peter Behringer, owner of Sweet Pete’s, was raised in the chocolate industry. In 1985, when he was eleven years old, his mother opened a family chocolate business, which grew to encompass 32 locations and a large production facility.
Behringer applied his experience in the industry with an on-going education to
further hone his chocolate and candy making expertise.
In 2010, Behringer decided to strike out on his own and opened Sweet Pete’s candy shop, located in a whimsically decorated historic home. He quickly went to work, using his confectionary expertise to make the majority of Sweet Pete’s candy by hand.
After appearing on The Profit, Sweet Pete’s opened a new Jacksonville, Florida location in the historic downtown Seminole Club, a building that dates back to 1903 (shown in the photos). The notable location, which hosted a number of well-known visitors such as U.S. Presidents Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy, sat vacant for ten years until Sweet Pete’s and Lemonis renovated the property.
“This new confectionary emporium is a vast 23,000 square feet, making it one of the largest candy shops in the United States,” states Sweet Pete’s website.
Happy Valentines and any other celebration you wish! Enjoy and eat responsibly. 🙂
Since this week is an emphasis on love, sweets, flowers and cards – commonly know as Valentines Day, I figured I should at least post something about sweets, right?
Just imagine sitting there in a quaint, relaxing environment with your sweetheart, special friend or just by yourself – tickling your taste buds with some smooth, sweet, soft, flavorful ice cream – even if you’re in the snow.
What is your favorite ice cream place? I have many.
While traveling recently along the U.S. eastern coast, I came upon these signs in a Dairy Queen where we stopped to enjoy this special treat. Dairy Queen is one of my favorite treat stores because of the soft ice cream, smoothness and flavor. Plus, they’ve been around awhile – satisfying the elder and youth alike.
While at this particular DQ I noticed old photos on the wall so I decided to capture some of the history with my camera. I delight in seeing images and information from earlier years. It sort of takes me back in time.
Wow! If only we had these same prices today as years ago. I could eat to my heart’s content.
Check out this timeline that were posted on the DQ wall:
1938 Americans discover McCullough’s softer and
tastier ice cream called “soft serve.”
1940 “The cone with the curl on top” lights up for
the first time in Juliet, Illinois.
1949 Shakes and malts are added to the cones,
sundaes and take-home pints.
1953 The first Dairy Queen opens in Canada.
1955 The Dilly Bar is introduced to popular
1961 The 3,000 store chain launches Mr. Misty, pioneering
the “slush” drink business.
1968 The Buster Bar debuts.
1971 The “scrumpdillyishus” Peanut Buster Parfait”
arrives with phenomenal success. (This writer even uses this term today to
reference something very tasty) 😊
1979 Dairy Queen debuts in the Middle East
1980 “We treat you right” theme line is introduced
1981 Dairy Queen menu now includes signature frozen
cakes and logs.
1985 The blizzard treat makes a spectacular debut.
1991 The first Dairy Queen opens in Mexico.
1992 Dairy Queen debuts in Beijing, China.
1996 The first DQ location opens in Thailand. There are more than 160 stores operating there
1998 DQ is purchased by legendary investor Warren
2004 The MooLatte drink premieres and is an
2006 The first US/Canada Miracle Treat Day occurs
2007 A new DQ logo is unveiled.
2010 The 6,000th DQ opens in Shanghai,
2015 The DQ system celebrates its 75th
Today – DQ continues to operate with great food and
treats in more than 6,700 stores worldwide
I must admit I have savored ice cream in many places around the world. I have never been disappointed; however, I still like the soft, fluffy texture of the DQ.
Maybe we’ll just take
a little trip to the local DQ on Valentines Day. How about you?