|A mural where you enter the city.|
|An hour from Tampa and Orlando|
With my camera tucked safely away and with a song in my heart I head out on a local epic adventure showing you the sites of a small town in Florida. I figured I would start with what were famous for and then just stop when I was done. Not really in any sort of an order.
a) Zephyrhills Water - part of the Nestle group of companies the limestone springs in the are produce a nearly pure bottle of water. However much of the water the company sells comes from springs not only in Florida but other areas as well.
|He may need a metric set.|
c) Skydive City - Z-Hills has the unofficial reputation as being the "Skydiving Capital of the World" which is due to our weird geography, we live in one of the more elevated parts of the state (in fact the 6th highest point in all of Florida is just minutes away) which creates interesting and almost constant winds. The warm weather allows for jumping nearly all year around as well. I understand that a mile up in the air you get to see not only the Gulf of Mexico but the Atlantic Ocean as well as the cities of Tampa, Orlando and the various surrounding lakes. My girlfriend has jumped seven times so far. I will stick to my two wheel thrills.
d) Airport Museum - The local Airport has been open since 1927 and has a long history of serving the military as a paratrooper and pilot training base. During World War Two the airport hosted heavy bombers, various fighter planes like the P-40 Warhawk and famed P-51 Mustang. Various restoration work on these and other planes occur at the airport and a C-47 transport plane from the same era is nearly completed.
e) Train Depot - This restored building, dating back to 1927, now serves as a small museum focusing on local history and the importance of the railroad in the growth of the town, and Florida as a whole.
|Just an old rail card that is part of the museum.|
f) Twisty Treat - I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM! The first time I came across this ice cream shaped building (and their seems to be several in the Tampa bay area) I thought they were pretty cool - no pun intended - and part of Florida's history. In fact, it's part of a modern day marketing plan. Although it is nice to ride the bike out on a hot summer night and cool down with a dollar cone on Wednesday nights.
And there you have it. The town that I call home. My heart will always be in my home town of Pittsburgh, PA. My young adult life in Charlotte, NC and my soul will always reside in Charleston, SC. But for now, my home in here and you know, it's not that bad of a place. I guess this would be a good place to...