APtravelnews-Lake Okeechobee and Okeechobee City has a new restaurant opening on January 7th, 2014. Today Okeechobee In The outdoor “Square” was treated to the great fish treats such as salmon and codfish done the Tin-Fish way. dozens of locals had a chance to enjoy the custom made slaws and fish, the toppings and delicious flavors of what Chef Joseph Melluso offered at the square and they also picked up the varied menu that will be offered at the new big brick building location Tin-Fish has had recently remodeled to house their great food emporium. This will be one of 9 restaurants that has the Tin-Fish name. Whats so different about a Tin-Fish compared to other fish and seafood restaurants? Well, what Barb and I found was Tin-Fish sticks to its original philosophy of fresh, tasty and CONSISTENCY above all else. Check out Tin-Fish on the web. They are also developing their models for franchising opportunities. Barb and I did setup a table to sell our books. Many of our books donated to causes such as the CCA, and a wild bird sanctuary as well.
APtravelnews—December 6th, Port St Lucie, FL.—Living in Florida can make you quite anesthetized to the reality of some of the harshest weather and world happenings: Unfortunately, although wintertime can throw at the rest of the nation, a natural curve, I have mused that Mandela deserved to live to 95, but his candle as all of ours eventually burns out too! He was a “great” but just like the storms, he and all the other “greats” will be mostly forgotten in the haze of the future. Time and we all march on to different drummers! Of course, we in Florida do have to contend with the occasional hurricane and some rains that are true “gully washers”, but overall the mildest weather in the continental USA, lays its spring and summer-like temperatures and sunny largess over most of Florida, most of the time. Of course the balmy weather and the fact that no snow tires and piles of firewood have to be gathered before each winter commences is especially welcome by the older generation among us. As I have begun to lose friends due to the passing of natural time, I muse that Florida is also mostly flat terrain and this state in the cooler months is about as easy on the old bones, as it is on the engine and tires of our 4-wheel horses, as far as gravity is concerned. Florida does have some downsides during the warm, tropical months: a humidity to bathe our sweaty bodies in, plenty mosquitoes to aggravate us, chiggers, ‘no seeums’, little black flies, roaches that can nearly pull a child’s toy, even scorpions and spiders, but the manatees, dolphin and great fishing make up for all of them! Florida has inspired such sayings as “Snowbirds”, “halfbacks” “sunset watchers” that have become famous the world over, off of Duval Street in Key West and off of any beach in Florida too!.
Florida is known for the largest inshore fish in the USA; the tarpon, called “Silver King” and the fastest flats fish; the Bonefish. The dinner bells ring here for stone crab claws, Florida lobster tails, big shrimp, Key Lime Pie. And of course; lest we forget; the toothy and much maligned Alligator and now we have the giant pet snakes turned wild in the Everglades that even eat Alligators and whatever else they can squeeze, asphyxiate and swallow. But, the overriding reason most people come to visit Florida for are the Beaches, a couple of thousand miles of beaches, Disneyland and Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and just about everywhere else tourists can have a good time people watching and dining on fresh sea foods, shopping and living in air conditioned comfort without snow boots and heavy coats and gloves. In 1973 Willard Scott, while doing the weather on a talking heads news program in between Schmuckers commercials for people over 100, happened to mention that on February 10th the warmest place in the USA was Tavernier in the Florida Keys. Barb and I took the kids and we left Vermont for a trip to Florida. The temperature in Vermont was 20-below zero. We never came home. We headed for Tavernier and stayed for 32-years. So, as we all must get older we can add a few months or years to our lives if we stay happy and warmer too! We figured rather starve and be warm than the other possibility in the great but tough state of Vermont. Look, sometimes we all have to ramble a bit to readjust our sunglasses and our paradigm! But, stay away from the Keys, I got there first and I shut the door! Ha!!!!!
The way goods are carried in the Congo and most of Africa. This scene is on a road in Lisala, Congo next to the Congo River, the deepest river in the world!
1964 In the Congo and some items that I traded for. Today they are in my African “Man Cave” in Florida.
The 2-year odyssey in east and central Africa can definitely be a made for TV or Hollywood movie. We traded for hand crafted items with Coke bottles, nail clippers and razor blades. Every item in the accompanying picture was a traded for item. We found what we wanted as memorabilia of our adventure, and the local craftsman got tools they wanted. These items could not have been found except for us bringing them from what would have been, and was actually thought of as coming from the Gods in “outer space.”
The true adventure book will be illustrated with images taken during my trip with a Brownie black and white camera,. 52-years ago it cost 6-dollars. Yet, with AGFA film, the camera images are clear and mostly crisp taken by (me) when I was 18-years old in the Congo. During this odyssey I never thought I’d use these pictures except to show my family and friends my experiences in Africa.
After months in the jungles, we traveled for a week on the Congo River, the deepest river in the world (over 1000-feet deep) pushed along on a barge by a big 20.000 HP, diesel paddle-wheeler from the 1920′s. I’ll say it again: What we experienced throughout the trip would make a fine, historically accurate, adventure film!
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