Just when our bodies are aching, our patience is low and the weather is hot and steamy, we have our best day yet. If you’ve never been to Sarasota’s Circus Museum on the Ringling Estate, I have to say GO! It was AWESOME!! Its an interactive museum and houses the biggest littlest circus built by Howard Tibbals. This model is a replica of Ringling Bros.
I’ve got to say with the weather the way it was, I was very skeptical about filming anything today. We caught up with Weird Florida’s favorite Cryptozoologist, Scott Marlowe in Frostproof to talk about a monsterous serpent that killed a man in Lake Clinch back in the 1920′s. Then we were supposed to head to the Green Swamp just outside of Lakeland to talk about an ax murder, but the gate was locked. So then things got real interesting when we met with a wonderful Vietnamese man who has built this shrine to his parents and his homeland. We just happened to stop by when we could see this
The Weird Florida team rolled into the quaint town of Lake Placid, a city known for its beautiful murals, unique trash receptacles and clown school. We visited Toby’s Clown Foundation to catch a glimpse of the magic that clowning around can bring to people of all ages. Then we drove through the city looking at all the majestic art that adorns the buildings in downtown Lake Placid. It’s definitely a sight to see.
The Kennedy Bunker on Peanut Island in Palm Beach was really amazing. It was like a this huge tin cylinder 27 feet underground and could house 30 people for 30 days comfortably. Complete with an escape hatch and a helipad it was designed to protect President John F. Kennedy in the event of attack.
What a great time we had in Florida’s haunted eatery, Ashley’s Restaurant. The owner, Greg Parker admitted to witnessing some unexplained activities and one staff member said she will never close the restaurant alone. We met with ghost hunter Owen Sliter who demonstrated some techniques to tracking paranormal activity and though he didn’t find much, he did managed to get a little spooked in the room where an alleged murder took place. Friday night we will catch a street performer, The Great Cindini in West Palm Beach who eats f
Day three wraps up after our trip to the Barberville Roadside market. What a cool place! These people have everything to decorate your yard or home. In the market for a 19 ft giraffe or a rooster over 8 ft tall? How about your own Statue of Liberty or a wishing well with a black bear? I wound up with a guitar made of recycled metal. We’ve been meeting some great people and even Isabel has been making friends on this trip. For Day 4 we head to a haunted restaurant in Rockledge, we’ll meet with a ghost hunter to see what’s really going on.
We just wrapped up day 2 of our Weird Florida round 2 tour. Yesterday we visited the Mysterious Ruins in New Smyrna and the Black Forrest Cottage for little people off Spruce Creek in Port Orange. We met lots of nice people and a few fans stopped by to say hi. Today we spent lots of time talking with Denise Stoner of the Mutual UFO Network who has been trying to get to the bottom of what really happened on July 4, 2004
We are gearing up for another Weird Florida road trip. I’ve got rubber chickens, weird fans for our weirdest fans and a good ole’ fashioned map, Charlie doesn’t use a GPS. He wouldn’t know how to work one if he tried. I can’t believe it’s been two years since we’ve been on the road searching for all things strange, which actually seems to follow us. Charlie is like a weird magnet or something. In all this time though, I have learned we have the most loyal following of any show I’ve ever done and I hope our list of admirers keeps growing.
The tremendous success of Weird Florida: Roads Less Traveled, which has aired on PBS stations from Florida to Juneau, Alaska, has attracted an overwhelming response from viewers asking for more strange places.
To fulfill the desires of weird fans everywhere, the bizarre journey to Florida’s zaniest places will continue in an all new, Weird Florida: On the Road Again.