From Kissimmee west towards Spring Hill and Bayport on State Road 50. A comfortable two hour journey, take a detour into Brooksville a sleepy small city with lots to offer to the casual traveller. Yes, it’s a bit run down on the outskirts but venture to the centre and you will find little gems to enlighten you.
Onwards heading west a long Cortez Boulevard over the junction towards Weeki Waatchi and Bayport to discover a world of swamps and villas with Gulf coast sunsets, boats in abundance and our motel. The aptly named Manatee Landing.
Kissimmee – This area was originally named Allendale, after Confederate Major J. H. Allen who operated the first cargo steamboat along the Kissimmee River – the Mary Belle. It was renamed Kissimmee when incorporated as a city in 1883. The etymology of the name Kissimmee is debated, apart from general agreement that it is Native American in origin.
On the northern shore of Lake Tohopekaliga (Lake Toho) a perfect place to spend of an early morning just wandering the endless paths and trails that abound around the lake and historic part of the city.
Thanksgiving is a national holiday in the United States, celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. It originated as a harvest festival. and was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in October 1621. This feast lasted three days, and—as accounted by attendee Edward Winslow — it was attended by 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims. The New England colonists were accustomed to regularly celebrating “thanksgivings”—days of prayer thanking God for blessings such as military victory or the end of a drought.
Thanksgiving has been celebrated nationally on and off since 1789, with a proclamation by George Washington after a request by Congress. Thomas Jefferson chose not to observe the holiday, and its celebration was intermittent until the presidency of Abraham Lincoln, when Thanksgiving became a federal holiday in 1863, during the American civil war. Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens,” to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November. Under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the date was changed to the fourth Thursday in November, an innovation that endures to this day. Together with Christmas and the New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader fall–winter holiday season in the U.S.
It’s a very quiet day on the roads here in Florida. The weather is pleasant, this is the ‘Sunshine State’ after all. The wildlife and tourists are out and about.