Whimsical Florida Ride #4

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A Whimsical Ride is one where we visit a local attraction, something military and of course a local Winery. These rides have something for everyone.
Among the rolling hills of citrus in Lake Wales, Bok Tower Gardens continues to be one of the most remarkable and awe-inspiring landmarks in Central Florida. Bok Tower Gardens boasts one of the greatest works of famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. The historic landscape garden was designed to be a contemplative and informal woodland setting with breathtaking views of the Singing Tower.
One of the most exceptional attributes to Bok Tower Gardens can be found right at its core - a 60-bell (ranging in weight from 16 pounds to nearly 12 tons), 205-foot Singing Tower Carillon. This majestic Carillon plays 30-minute bell concerts each day at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Also In Lake Wales, there’s a “gravity hill” that freaks out those traveling through by car. Stop your bike in the right place on Spook Hill, put it in neutral and watch as your bike rolls UP the hill. A sign explains it: "Many years ago an Indian village on Lake Wales was plagued by raids of a huge gator. The Chief, a great warrior, killed the gator in a battle that created a small lake. The chief was buried on the north side. Pioneer mail riders first discovered their horses laboring down hill, thus naming it Spook Hill. When the road was paved, cars coasted up hill. Is this the gator seeking revenge, or the chief still trying to protect his land?"
The True Blue Winery is a family-owned winery in central Florida. They specialize in award-winning blueberry wine. True Blue has a rustic and delightful atmosphere where you can enjoy a glass of wine alongside some delicious food (all made from scratch!) Featuring homemade wines, brick oven pizza and a menu selection such as Steak, Lasagna, Salmon, Chicken dishes, Salads, Sheppard Pie and various Pizza recipes.
The Bartow Municipal Airport is located approximately six miles north of the City of Bartow on HWY 17. The site of the Bartow Municipal Airport - in WWII, the Army developed a facility at this site. Designated an Army Auxiliary Field, the Third Air Force established a training program there in 1942. Fighter pilots trained there using the Stearman biplane. With the decrease in demand for pilots as the war wound down, Bartow Field served MacDill Army Air Base in Tampa as an emergency field until closed and returned to the city. A WWII Memorial Museum is located in the terminal building which includes historical narrative and photographs.
Museum display cases located throughout the museum and the terminal building offer a glimpse into not only the importance of this aviation training base, but into the individual lives affected by the base. Stories of the people are related through pictures, printed and video.
We will travel to Bartow Museum first, then to Spook Hill, then to Bok Tower. After a few hours in Bok Tower we will ride to True Blue Winery for Wine and lunch. A more detailed time line will be forthcoming.