We never went far when I was a child. My father worked a lot. But, what he did with us as a family was priceless. I grew up in Florida, In the time of the boom of Florida Attractions. Weeki Wachee Springs, Sunken Gardens, Jungle Gardens, Aquatarium, Six Gun Territory and numerous others. Many of those Florida attractions are no more. We visited many of them when I was a child. But, one place we went every summer, was a motel in Ocala. The Southern Host Motor Lodge.

Southern Host Motor Lodge

It wasn’t fancy, it wasn’t big, but, it was fun! We would normally stay a few days. They had a great pool, or great as I saw it, and two kids that were the owner’s children. We were all about the same age. We would spend countless hours in the pool, we would play shuffleboard,and at night, my father and I would sit on the patio and count semi trucks that would go down the interstate. Sometimes, we would go horseback riding or to Silver SPrings, home of the glass bottom boats. We ate those little boxes of cereal that you poured milk in, and ate sandwicheS for lunch. But, we always went out for dinner. My favorite place, was Sonny’s barbecue or Morrison’s cafeteria. We continued to go there until I was about 13 years old.I know, It doesn’t sound like much, but, these are some of the best memories I have with my family.


4 responses »

  1. Patricia, I am one of “the owner’s kids” from the Southern Host Motor Lodge in Ocala. I do remember you from back then. 🙂


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