Florida Day 3-4: Lakeland and Parksdale Farms

On day 3, we finished the drive down to Lakeland, then spent some time with Grandma Mary. Kyle and Ian were immediately drawn to the golf cart, which all the residents of the neighborhood use to make short trips. We drove down the street in the golf cart a couple of times to see the wildlife in the creek that runs along the edge of the neighborhood.

A squirrel in Grandma Mary's neighborhood. It seems like there were a lot more squirrels the last time we were down there - I wonder why there are so few now?

A squirrel in Grandma Mary and Grandpa Bob's neighborhood, eating a peanut we gave him. It seems like there were a lot more squirrels the last time we were down there - I wonder why there are so few now?

Oh. That's why.

Oh. That's why.

How would you like to have this little fella living in the creek near your house? He was probably a good 8-10 feet long.

How would you like to have this little fella living in the creek near your house? He was probably a good 8-10 feet long.

Aw, look at the cute little babies! There were these three, plus a few in the water. Maybe 12-18" long.

Aw, look at the cute little babies! There were these three, plus a few in the water. Maybe 12-18" long.

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On day 4, we drove to nearby Plant City, home of Parksdale Farms. This place is known for it’s strawberries, and you can see why as soon as you walk in. The main attraction is the giant bowls of strawberry shortcake they sell. We ate our shortcake, unanimously elected Kyle as Strawberry King, then went to visit Grandpa in the hospital.

I am *SO* cool.

I am *SO* cool.

Not as cool as me, my brotha!

Not as cool as me, my brotha!

Parksdale Farms, home of the absurdly large strawberry shortcake.

Parksdale Farms, home of the absurdly large strawberry shortcake.

Waiting in line for strawberry shortcake is a great time to make silly faces.

Waiting in line for strawberry shortcake is a great time to make silly faces.

The Strawberry King, and the winner of the congeniality award for the day

The Strawberry King, and the winner of the congeniality award for the day

The Strawberry King blows kisses to his admirers.

The Strawberry King blows kisses to his admirers.

The Publix water tower, which provides cake-flavored water to the citizens of Lakeland.

The Publix water tower, which provides cake-flavored water to the citizens of Lakeland.

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