Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Tallahassee Bound

On the advice of some travelers we met on the train, we headed to Hawthorne, FL to ride the Hawthorne - Gainesville Trail. We were delighted to find a paved, level, shaded path between the two cities. We had a very pleasant 12 mile ride in which almost nothing notable happened. Ask me sometime about the case of the missing glove.  As an aside, virtually all the bike trails are paved. The soil in Florida is mostly packed sand. So regular bike traffic makes it most impassible without some form of pavement. 

After our ride, we decided to take a 2 hour detour to the tiny town of Cedar Key. I will write about it in a post on coastal cities and beaches.

We arrived in Tallahassee in time for an early check in and dinner. We walked to a lovely "fusion" style restaurant and stayed to watch the end of the Penguins playoff game with the Capitals. They won.

The next day we started our Tallahassee Tour at the Museum of Florida History. We learned a great deal of its checkered path towards statehood. Following lunch, we walked over to the Knott House, as famous residence of one of the leading citizens of the day. It also featured during the Civil War as the site of the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in May of 1865. Unusual among such properties, all the furnishings and fixtures were original to the house.

Late in the day, we decided to catch a movie and settled on "The Jungle Book", Disney's new release. The story is much truer to the original work and the CGI is indescribably good. But to we really need the singing orangutan?

Our impressions of Tallahassee are generally positive. The city is very walkable, if hilly. The residents there seem to take pride in keeping it very clean. The city has tried to preserve historic properties. Moreover, it has a long history having been used by DeSoto as a camp during his expeditions. But the locals got there first.

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