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Hillsborough River State Park Holiday with Matthew, Carrie and Celia
Thonotosassa, Florida Flying to Maryland to Visit with Carrie and her Family
We arrived at Hillsborough River on Wednesday January 4 after driving 175 miles down I-75 from Wellborn where Winnona stayed while we went to Maryland. On the way we had to make a stop at the local chevy dealer to see why our Check Engine light was on. It seems Throttle actuator control module (TAC) needs to be replaced. Has anyone else with a gas RV ever had this happen? Despite that delay, we managed to arrive at the park before dark.
We’ve had a cold spell since then and this morning the low was 34 degrees when we woke up. Well then……..
Of course it was 13 in Maryland where Carrie is so we shouldn’t complain but we are. Last night David actually got out the electric blanket which is unheard of.
So what does he do to celebrate his cold birthday?
First he opens his present from Carrie, the CD set Everglades Trail which has music, stories and an Interactive CD-ROM, all in support of one of our very favorite places in all of Florida. It’s narrated by Charles Osgood and has songs from artists like Gamble Rogers and Jimmy Buffett. He’s mighty happy. Well done Carrie!!
Then it’s a white chocolate chip/peanut butter chip oatmeal pancakes with fruit topping breakfast.
We don’t do gifts for each other any more. We give each other a day of whatever you’d like to do.
After breakfast we take a hike along the Hillsborough river to the rapids. He’s dressed like Nanook of the North
The river looks like a mirror today but I’ll bet the water is cold.
Doesn’t seem to bother this little blue heron.
There are two bridges over the river along this Rapids Trail. You can only get to the rapids on this side of the river and you cannot kayak over them from either direction. We’ll go up to the rapids and then on the way back we’ll go over the suspension bridge and come back this one. There are many trails here at Hillsborough River but today David’s plans only include this shorter hike.
There are also bridges over the tributaries to the river. It appears a lot of trouble was taken to weave the bridge through the vegetation without disturbing it. I love this!
Like many parks created in the 30’s, this one was built by the CCC including the cement picnic tables and shelters, the trails and the suspension bridge over the river.
We can hear the sounds of the little rapids before we can see them. There are two small rapids beyond this island and several cypress standing totally in the river. Their ability to live surrounded by water always amazes me.
On our way back from the rapids, we cross the river at the CCC Suspension Bridge. On the other side are over 4 miles of trails but we’re just going to walk the trail between the two bridges and head back for the rest of David’s birthday plans.
Huge trees anchor the suspension bridge on both ends. We’re both really glad the park has kept the bridge in place over all these years.
It’s a great bridge over a beautiful river.
After the hike we drive down highway 301 and take I-75 north to Dale Mabry Highway to have lunch at David’s chosen spot, Taste of New York Pizzeria.
I volunteer no input into the pizza choice. It’s his birthday, he gets to choose whatever he wants. He studies the menu carefully.
Guess the pizza must have been really good or we were very hungry since neither of us thought to take a picture of it so hot out of the oven we couldn’t eat it for almost 10 minutes. Leftovers will be lunch on another day..
Now it’s on to the movies in the most elaborate movie theater I’ve ever seen, the Muvico Starlight 20 in Wesley Chapel Florida. There is really nothing commercial any nearer the park than Wesley Chapel. The theater is less than half a mile from the pizza place but both are 17 miles from the park.
We haven’t been to a movie theater in ages and this one makes our eyes pop out.
They sell food, beer, wine and have Sony 4K digital which David seems to think is a big deal and I haven’t a clue.
They had him at the door with the cars both inside and out.
They must be trying to get our business back to the movies with their prices. There are some serious discounts if you are willing to come on their schedule. In the afternoon the prices are $6.20 each as compared with night when they are $9.60 for adults, $8.02 for seniors and $6.45 for children. Even better than that is Tuesday when all shows are $5.35 all day. WOW! I can’t remember prices that low.
Notice it says Drive In, the road leading to one side of the 20 theater building is just too funny.
David decides that even with all the food he’s already eaten, he needs popcorn for his movie and becasue it’s his birthday, he’s willing to pay $9 for a large tub. Maybe this is dinner.
Another thing about the bargain basement Tuesday price is that popcorn is half off. $4.50 for the large.
The movie was LaLaLand and we both enjoyed it. Today we learned that while we were watching it, it was winning Golden Globe awards.
Next stop of the Birthday is to pick up a quart of JMC that David had ordered a few days ago from Brusters. Ice cream at 40 degrees? No wonder he’s shivering and his teeth are chattering!
The final stop is at the ABC store for some beer. Last week Carrie and Matthew were talking about how good beer would be with THE CAKE. Sounds terrible to me. They’d probably like beer and ice cream too.
Back home he shows off his choices. The Terripin Beer Company in Athens Georgia wins the most popular birthday brew with their stout but since it didn’t come in 6 packs, he also bought the Paulener from Munich.
Doesn’t there look like there is something wrong with our refrigerator??? And that doesn’t even count what’s in the door.
Good thing his birthday only comes once a year.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVID!!