Friday Apr 30th: A view from a plane

I am writing this from the plane to Orlando. Tomorrow we load in, meet our driver and vehicle and hit the road running.  Tomorrow we will drive from Orlando to the Crystal River to Perry, Florida, and then on to our R.V. park for an overnight.

On our way to Perry, FL we plan a stop along the Crystal River for possible manatee sightings. The manatees are seasonal, but there are a few individuals that spend the whole year in this place. We will learn more tomorrow, but from what I gather 2020 was a very tough year for manatees, and several hundred perished. 

In the meantime, here are some facts and figures for Perry, FL, our first “Perry” stop.

Perry Florida, originally known as Rosemead, was established in 1875, and the name changed to Perrytown after Madison Stark Perry, the 4th governor of Florida. Eventually the “town” was dropped and it became simply known as Perry. Incorporated in 1903, its population was estimated to be 7,017 according to the US census in 2010.Located near the Florida Panhandle, it is around 50 miles from Tallahassee.

The visitor’s bureau welcomes visitors with the following information about Perry:

“Perry is proudly recognized as the Tree Capital of the South cozily nestled along Florida’s Nature Coast.  We are a family friendly community in which to raise your children, work, or simply to stop by and visit.  Our historic downtown is lined with friendly home town shops and features our recently restored steam locomotive era train station.  Perry is a full-service, low cost place to call home.  The City has been honored to receive the highest national financial reporting award for twenty years in a row.  Our taxes are lower than over 170 other cities in Florida.  We have a variety of festivals throughout the year highlighted by the Florida Forest Festival which includes the “World’s Largest Free Fish Fry.”  Some of the finest fresh and saltwater fishing (including scalloping) is centered here.  Hunters come from all over to experience prime Nature Coast hunting.  Many freshwater springs, including the world’s largest, are just minutes away.  The area’s economy is diverse with both manufacturing and agricultural employment opportunities.  Our state of the art hospital recently opened a multi-million dollar medical arts facility.  We welcome you to learn more, come visit, and experience family friendly Perry!”

We enjoyed a relaxing quesadilla by the pool tonight and a cold drink. It was hot when we landed, around 90 degrees so it was great to find some shade and relax a little after traveling.

When in Florida, better drink a mojito. Unless your name is Perry. Then you can drink whatever you want.

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