Friday, July 22, 2011
Signs That Don't Lie
With the hot weather I have been staying inside. It has given me an opportunity to go thru a number of old photographs, one of which is this 1994 photo of a "No Swimming" sign at Gatorland in Florida. Located between Orlando and Kissimmee (Is there a between anymore?)on the South Orange Blossom Trail, Gatorland is one of Central Florida's oldest attractions. I can't imagine anyone wanting to swim at Gatorland as they have about a zillion gators there. We first encountered Gatorland in 1969 when I was transferred to Florida. Within two weeks of arriving we started having visitors, we were a handy spot to stay at when people from the North came down to take a vacation in Florida. Naturally they expected to be entertained and our meager budget was being eat up and then we discovered Gatorland. No admission cost, just a donation to get in, wow after that we were taking company to Gatorland about once a month. I liked Gatorland enough that when we took our daughters down to Florida in 1994 Gatorland was still high on my list. It was still just a donation to get in, I understand now they charge about $23 to get in. It was a classic Florida attraction that harks back to the time of roadside attractions that advertised giant squirrels, Piano Playing chickens, Monkeys and gators.