Hamlin car show

We used to have regular car shows in Winter Garden but they got cancelled during covid and haven’t returned (and the parking spaces downtown that they used, are now outdoor seating); but yesterday there was a car show near the cinema in Hamlin, and I went down to take photos (about 20 minutes drive rather than 15 minutes walk to the old event in town).

Rain threatened so I didn’t stay long – and there were less (and newer) cars to see, but still fun to see them!

Winter Garden Water Plant tour

Yesterday I (and 20+ others) had an interesting tour of one of Winter Gardens three water plants that provide drinking water to our city – we were told that between 4.5 million and 8 million gallons of water are used every day (varies by time of year), all pumped up 900ft or more from the Florida aquifer (which they described as a river under central Florida), along 223 miles of piping around the town!

We were told that the water quality coming up from underground is so good (tested many times each month) that there’s basically nothing needs to be done before its sent to homes – they add a “chlorine bleach” as that’s required by law.

Here’s some photos I took – note that the water tower in the first picture is one of three in town, all of which are no longer used as all water is pumped now …

Midwest 2022:¬†All the posts

Here’s links to each of the posts from our vacation to Minnesota and the Dakotas (and a bit of Wyoming!):

Minneapolis and St Paul (and the “spoonbridge and cherry” sculpture, St Paul State Capitol)

Sioux Falls (and many sculptures)

Porter Sculpture Park

The Corn Palace

Dignity Statue

Badlands National Park (and prairie dog tonw)

Rapid City presidential sculptures

Mount Rushmore (and Iron Mountain Road, and Needles Highway)

Custer State Park (and Bison / Buffalo)

Crazy Horse Memorial

Devil’s Tower (Wyoming, furthest west on this trip)

Theodore Roosevelt National Park (south)

Theodore Roosevelt National Park (north, Cannonball Concretions)

Enchanted Highway

Bismarck State Capitol

Lake Itasca (headwaters of the Mississippi)

Little Falls (Charles Lindbergh museum)