horse and carriage rides are just one of the many delights
to be found in Mount Dora. The photo
shows the carriage that Diana and I, along with T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
Co-Founder Howard Neu and his wife Barbara had
just stepped off of at the Lakeside Inn after
driver Jason had given us a historical tour of the
scenic town located at the foot of rolling hills (very
unusual for Florida!) that rise up from the eastern shore
of Lake Dora. We have raved so much about Mount
Dora in the past that the Neus decided to drive up from Miami
and meet us there for the weekend.
to right in the photo above): Barbara Neu, Howard
Neu, Ron Jackson and Diana Jackson.
reason we wanted to go on this particular weekend was that
was holding one of the biggest outdoor antique sales in
the Eastern U.S. on a huge expanse of land they own just
outside of Mount Dora. Diana once owned her own antique
store and Barbara has also been bitten by the antiquing
bug so they were both psyched up for this sale.
A tiny fraction of the crowd that grew into the thousands
by the end of
opening day of the 3-day Renningers Antique
Extravaganza in Mount Dora Friday.
Barbara and Diana check out one of the
antique dealer's wares.
In addition to the antiquing
we visited some excellent restaurants (the Goblin
Market really stood out), Mount Dora's lakeside nature
walk (taken on an elevated boardwalk that cuts through the
dense tropical foliage) and the Lake Dora waterfront at
Barbara and Howard Neu on Mount Dora's nature
Sunset on Lake Dora.
Diana and I had
to leave Mount Dora Saturday afternoon to attend a wedding
but the Neus were so smitten with Mount Dora they refused
to leave! They changed their plans and stayed over
another night to enjoy concerts that were going on as part
of an annual music festival there. When we got back to Tampa
Saturday night, the two new converts were still in Mount
Dora listening to 60's band Gary Lewis & the
Playboys playing on an outdoor waterfront stage at the
We all enjoy the
domain business so much that it is hard to tear
yourself away from it (neither Howard nor I probably
would have taken the break without our wives' gentle
excursions like this remind you that there is more to
life than a computer screen, PPC stats and a registrar