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Kick Scooting in Savanna and Vacationing Near St. Petersburg

[ NEW YORK, NY - NYC - 3/15/2011 - www.Littleviews.com ]



The following five articles were initially a part of blog related to a road trip that took place between February 8 and March 5, 2011. They contain more pictures than the original blog, which is no longer posted.
<|> <|> <|> Kick Scooting Savanna and Vacationing Near St. Petersburg

Kick Scooting In Treasure Island, Tampa, Clearwater Beach, Dunedin & Sarasota

Kick Scooting In John's Pass, Ybor City, Tarpon Springs Sponge Dock, Dunedin & Clearwater Beach

Kick Scooting In Hollywood, Miami Beach, Ft. Lauderdale & Daytona Beach

Visiting Charleston, SC, Learning About the Festiva Hospitality Group, and Home Again
Thank you to NYCeWheels, specialists in portable vehicles including adult kick scooters for providing guidance, adult kick scooters, and a folding bike for testing. Visit them at 1603 York Avenue (between 84th and 85th Street), New York, NY 10028.

Road Trip! Road Trip!

Lucky us! We took advantage of an opportunity to spend the snowiest portion of this New Jersey winter at the Florida guest house of Marion Guild of Milwaukee, WI.

We've been on two road trips since December and both times we evaluated the areas we visited to determine their suitability for sightseeing while riding on adult kick scooters. During the first trip (see Winter Road Trip from Racine to Little Rock), we tried Kickboard USA scooters, causing me to fall in love with a customized Original Kickboard, a 3-wheel scooter that doesn't fall over when you step away from it to take pictures.

Karen Little of Littleviews.com - Feb. 2011

The kick scooters we brought on this trip were a Xootr MG kick scooter, which my husband rode, and a KickPed for me. We also brought along a Brompton folding bike, however, we spent most of our sightseeing time on the kick scooters.

The primary cities we visited during this adventure were in Florida: Treasure Island, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs, Miami Beach, Hollywood, and Daytona Beach. At the beginning of our trip, we spent time kick scooting through Savannah, GA, and at the end, we dropped by Charleston, SC.

Preparing for Our Road Trip

FEBRUARY 8, 2011: I was very impressed by a video showing how Rick Steves packs and almost bought his Packing Cube and Plastic Bag Sets when I came up with a more convenient idea.

For the past year, I've used plastic storage bags purchased at the grocery store. Before sealing a bag, I sit on it to push out air, which results in packages that take half the space. Strange as it may seem, clothing packed in vacuum-sealed bags wrinkle less.

Sandwich bags and one-quart bags are ideal for small bottles, bandages, and some cosmetics. One-gallon bags (such as Ziploc) are ideal for underwear, socks, and bathing suits. Large bags, such as made by EZ Stor can hold multiple items, such as shoes, shirts, sweaters, and slacks. And Ziploc Big Bags, which come in multiple sizes, are great for really bulky clothing, like puffy jackets. Amazon's Search Feature lists the varieties.

I have one other trick. When home, I continue to store smaller clothing in plastic bags, so when I travel, all I have to do is take them from a drawer and place them in a suitcase.

From Richmond, VA, to Savannah, GA

FEBRUARY 10, 2011: We stayed at Fayetteville (just outside of Richmond, VA) last night. When we left this morning, we picked up a copy of the The Fayetteville Observer. Its lead story screamed "Snow Could Make Brief Appearance." I mean, even though the word "brief" was used, the headline indicated that this was a major weather scare story!

Does anyone remember New York City and the Midwest being shut down because of snow just a few days ago? Well, in this case, if snow dusted Fayetteville, school opening time would have to be delayed a shocking two hours, during which period they believed the snow would melt. Hummmm. I guess local kids don't own boots. Wonder what they do when it rains.

Outside of seeing almost no snow in Fayetteville, our only other sightseeing was along I95 during our 490 mile ride to Savannah, Georgia.

We are now staying in a Comfort Suites in the heart of Savannah's historic district, a hotel we found after dark by consulting our GPS. Actually, when I checked with the front desk clerk for rates, I asked him if the hotel was around anything special. "Oh yeah," he responded, then pulled out a tourist map. Fancy that!

A Day in Savannah, Georgia

FEBRUARY 11, 2011: In my opinion, Savannah's chief export to the tourist market is great food. And with Paula Deen as the city's patron saint (her picture, name, and books are everywhere), great food is easy to find. As a show of respect to the person who has become the city's culinary leader, the picture below is me and my KickPad kick scooter reflected in her shop door.

Karen on kick scooter refelected in Paula Deen's window - Savannah, Feb. 2011

That said, if you only have a short time to spend in Savannah, make a point of visiting Paula's shrine, then head to the River Street Market Place and find The Peanut Shop, where you can talk to their friendly staff about their wide-range of products and artisanal peanut roasting.

The Peanut Shop Staff - Savannah, Feb. 2011

The Peanut Shop Manager, Terry LeMay (left), and Kyle Wietbrook told me about the importance of peanuts in Georgian diets, as well as all the ways peanuts can be prepared. In addition to peanut products, it features walls full of Georgian and Virginian preserves, sauces, mustards, and honeys. I bought ten fresh nut rolls, plus Monastery Creamed Honey with Brandy, made by the Monks of the Holy Cross Abbey in Berryville, Virginia.

From there, I scooted over to Savannah's Candy Kitchen, where candy maker Danny Jackson offered me a fresh sample of the store's famous pralines made with colossal pecans. You can see in the picture below that these are not the ordinary, relatively flat pralines! Without hesitation, my husband and I returned later and bought three boxes of their traditional pralines, plus the to-die-for chocolate variety.

Savannah's Candy Kitchen's pralines - Feb. 2011

Savannah's Candy Kitchen makes its candy (including giant, coated apples, a wide variety of chocolate-coated nuts, and taffy) on the premises. The candy maker in the picture below is shown preparing taffy to be fed into an antique taffy stretching machine that automatically cuts, wraps, then places the final candy into a display bin via a conveyor belt.

Savannah's Candy Kitchen - Feb. 2011

A unique non-food item found in Savannah is palm leaf weaving made by locals who continue the crafts of their Caribbean heritage. Below is a vendor who demonstrated how palm leaf roses are made. The weavings, which come in a variety of styles, are very attractive and well-worth buying.

Palm weaver in Savannah - Feb. 2011

And wow; I ultimately covered over seven miles of historic Savannah on my scooter without breaking into a sweat. (Well, OK, it was only 40 degrees out, but, you know, I didn't find sightseeing tiring at all.)

From Savannah to St. Petersburg to Treasure Island

FEBRUARY 12, 2011: Today we drove 360 miles from Savannah to Treasure Island, which is just outside of St. Petersburg, Florida. While the trip was brown (the color of winter) and uneventful (thank god!), at midpoint we found a treasure.

As we approached Citra, Florida, we saw numerous signs announcing the upcoming presence of The Orange Shop. Although we never heard of it before (we found out that it is famous for their citrus fruits and mail order operation), we made a point of stopping in, not knowing exactly what to expect.

What we discovered were the most succulent oranges and citrus-based products that we ever tasted. Trust me, oranges as fresh as these have never made it to our local grocery store. We arrived in time to sample their juicy Temple oranges, which are only sold for a month and a half, starting in February. Wow. If you ever buy anything from this company, you'll be well rewarded.

The Orange Shop's Products - Feb. 2011

Although we couldn't walk away with a bushel of their fresh oranges, unlike many other shoppers who did, we bought their Temple Orange Marmalade (oh-mah-gawd), Pink Grapefruit Marmalade, and Key Lime Jelly. Outstanding! Highly recommended!

We arrived at our destination in Treasure Island, which is a Gulf of Mexico barrier island near St. Petersburg, at 4PM and I immediately ran out onto the beach wearing my winter coat with a fur-trimmed hood. While Florida was a little cool today, I did not bring along transitional clothing as I hoped to buy appropriate clothing locally. Anyway, the white you see surrounding me is sand, not snow.

Karen Little of Littleviews.com in Treasure Island, FL - Feb. 2011

We are staying as guests of Marion Guild, an accomplished author and educator who has contributed several articles to Littleviews. She's also my husband's aunt. Our accommodations overlook the Gulf of Mexico, giving us a sandy, front row seat to stunning Gulf sunsets, which are every bit as good as those seen from Key West in the Florida Keys. I hope I can take a picture worthy of the view tomorrow evening.

Treasure Island Beach - Feb. 2011

Besides the sparkling water, sand, and sun, all sidewalks along Treasure Island are 100% level, making them great for kick scooting and sightseeing. We'll take our scooters out for a spin early tomorrow in search of a good cup of coffee.

Questions? Just ask!
Karen Little

The following five articles were initially a part of blog related to a road trip that took place between February 8 and March 5, 2011. They contain more pictures than the original blog, which is no longer posted.
<|> <|> <|> Kick Scooting Savanna and Vacationing Near St. Petersburg

Kick Scooting In Treasure Island, Tampa, Clearwater Beach, Dunedin & Sarasota

Kick Scooting In John's Pass, Ybor City, Tarpon Springs Sponge Dock, Dunedin & Clearwater Beach

Kick Scooting In Hollywood, Miami Beach, Ft. Lauderdale & Daytona Beach

Visiting Charleston, SC, Learning About the Festiva Hospitality Group, and Home Again
Thank you to NYCeWheels, specialists in portable vehicles including adult kick scooters for providing guidance, adult kick scooters, and a folding bike for testing. Visit them at 1603 York Avenue (between 84th and 85th Street), New York, NY 10028.

Article by Karen Little. Photographs primarily by Karen Little with help from Philip Little. First published on www.Littleviews.com on 3/15/2011. All rights reserved.





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