Sunday, March 23, 2008

Lake Wales

The weather yesterday was dreadful. I figured the chances of baseball actually being played weren't good, and decided to drive two hours to Lake Wales, to see the Bok Tower Sanctuary. It's a sort of combination garden and nature preserve. At its center is a tower of pink marble, with a carillon in it. There are daily concerts.

I brought a rain cover for my camera, just in case, but it wasn't necessary. It drizzled a little - not enough to affect the camera.

The scent of orange blossoms and other flowers filled the air.

The squirrels were quite bold. (Not sure what kind of squirrels they have in Florida; they are a lot smaller than the gray squirrels we have in the northeast. Very cute.)

It's a very beautiful place. You can hear the carillon bells, even when you can't see the tower.

I recommend it if you're in the area. It's a bit off the beaten path. Not many tourists go there, so it's not too crowded.

It's an agricultural area. You pass fields of various crops. (Strawberries and tomatoes, among others.) There's a couple of big fertilizer plants on the way there, and what looked like a phosphate mine. The sanctuary itself is in the middle of a large commercial orange orchard.

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