Corona’s Cruise Across America: Dancing Water Fountain

It’s the simple things that you can make the most of when traveling.

For example, this park is located in Citrus County, Florida along Highway 98.

The roadside park includes free parking, a large gazebo, picnic tables, lots of grass, clean restrooms, a playground, a pedestrian bridge, trees and plenty of water to look at.

Corona’s Cruise Across America: Bed And Breakfast Over Creek

This bed and breakfast inn was built over a swift flowing creek in Crystal River, Florida. The humidity is intense here and the loud sounds of bugs and critters are truly “swamp like”.

The dining room of this Inn, is located on the first floor directly over the creek.

The dining room of this Inn, is located on the first floor directly over the creek.

I was expecting to see alligators, but this is no longer the Everglades. Perhaps they are here though. It certainly feels like it.

Crystal River is located along the Gulf of Mexico nearly halfway between Tampa Bay Tallahassee. It is remote, but very green in this part of Florida. Many of the surrounding communities have been hit hard by the weather elements. Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and heavy humidity have taken a visual toll on the numerous small towns in this region. Times look tough here and this section does not appear to be a “tourist section” of Florida. No beaches, condos or Disney World.

Corona’s Cruise Across America: Leaving Marco Island

Nothing like beginning the Cruise Across America on Monday morning (Labor Day), with 3,000 road miles in front me and encountering a torrential downpour within the first mile. Lightning, thunder and heavy rain remained a constant for the first hour of my trip and the roads were covered with standing water. Needless to say, I did not get off to a very quick start.

Corona’s Cruise Across America: It Begins In Marco Island, FL

Welcome to Marco Island, Florida where I spent my Labor Day weekend.

Marco Island is as far southwest as you can possibly drive on the mainland south of both Naples and Ft Meyers, FL.

My mom lives here and was once neighbors with Shania Twain. Due to circumstances several years ago, none of which had to due with my mom, Twain sold her island home and moved away.

I’ve spent this weekend relaxing near the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, enjoying the bountiful liquid sun and am now ready to drive back to California.

The journey will be around 3,000 miles, which I plan to make in five days, driving about 600 miles each day.

I’ve never been to a couple of the states that I plan on driving through and have no idea what I may see or encounter.

But I will show you highlights or least what I think are “points of interest” along the way.

So let’s go.

Mark Corona spends his Labor Day weekend in sunny Florida and prepares for his journey back to the Mother Lode.

Mark Corona spends his Labor Day weekend in sunny Florida and prepares for his journey back to the Mother Lode.

Winner #3 KKBN Kick The Dust Up Contest

ktdu82615Teresa Job

Kick the dust up contest entry for Teresa Job and Highly Spotageous (Duke).
This is how we kick the dust up during summer horse shows with a buckle winning go in the reining pen.

 

Teresa Wins a Pair of Tickets to see Luke Bryan August 29th at Levis Stadium and Luke’s CD ” Kill The Lights”

 

Thanks to all that entered and Thanks for listening to KKBN!  More fun contest on the way!