Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Visiting friend's in Lake Placid, FL

Lovely lake and area. In the late 1920s, Lake Placid, FL was renamed by snowbirders from residents of New York's Lake Placid (losing its original name, Lake Stearns). Headed by Dr Melvil Dewey, better known as the inventor of the Dewey Decimal system.

There are 27 small lakes in the area.

But the town is also known for being...ta da...
The Caladium Capital of the World (a plant with colorful veined leaves, similar but larger than coleus).

A Town of Murals. Over 35 murals depicting the history and geology of the area. With pride and perseverance, the town's mural society keeps the murals protected. I love painted towns...and here the illustrated garbage cans are just as nice (and funnier) than the paintings on the side of the buildings.

And a Town of Clowns -- a museum and training center.

Our friend's, Phyllis and Richard, have rented a cheery cottage, decorated in blue and yellow, with a screen porch with a long-view of the lake. A short stroll down to the beach. Alan gave kayaks rides yesterday.

Sunny and mid-70s with a light breeze.
No one's complaining here.

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