1 Orlando, FL 2 Tampa, FL 3 Scottsdale, AZ 4 Cincinnati, OH 5 Las Vegas, NV 6 St. Louis, MO 7 Atlanta, GA 8 Boise, ID 9 Minneapolis, MN 10 Honolulu, HI ... 91 New York, NY 92 Memphis, TN 93 Aurora, CO 94 Newark, NJ 95 Jersey City, NJ 96 Hialeah, FL 97 Irving, TX 98 San Antonio, TX 99 Charlotte, NC 100 Chula Vista, CA
I used to spend time in LA area when my bud was alive and he was out by Griffith so though we had that nearby and then those gorgeous mountains north of Pasadena and of course your splendid coast to the west, mostly for anything you wanted to do you had to drive out to it. In Florida most of the recreation is embedded into the communities. In his neighborhood you couldn't even walk the fucking dog without fear of a car careening around a bend. And the poor dog couldn't even crap in the backyard without doing summersaults down to the next road. Everything there was built on the slanty side of a hill at best, if not hanging off the hillside. Their greenery was lovely but bullshit, nothing but a thin veneer that you couldn't even hide your garbage cans behind.
Florida is nothing like that. I've probably more trees on my property than he had on his block. And just for walking, places like downtown Tampa has what I think is the longest continuous sidewalk in the country or in the world that goes around a long arc of the bay uninterrupted by cars. And now they have a Riverwalk which I've been on, real nice. They did a great job. But in Florida in general, in most of our cities, there's just a lot of access to nature. Within just a few miles from my place, I could take you to ride alligators. Or just feed them marshmallows which is always entertaining.
Here's a vid I just found. of that downtown. They mention in it Ulele restaurant. Been there. Nice joint, though mostly foods I don't eat. Right outside the place is a Ulele spring. Which is this:
Ulele Spring is located in downtown Tampa and it is the only natural spring within the urban portion of the City. It is a jewel that was not functioning as it should for nearly a century, in that the edge of the spring was concreted in decades ago, and the spring run was filled in and replaced with a pipe. Now, freshwater flows of 672,000 gallons per day flow from the spring to the Hillsborough River.
You can't swim in that one, just a showpiece, but about 60 miles south is one I have been in, Warm Mineral Springs. This one [url]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warm_Mineral_Springs_(spring)[/url] That one pumps out 20,000,000 gallons a day. Has been thought to be Ponce de Leon's fountain of youth. I need to go back for a recharge.
Anyway, here's that riverwalk of the city that got #2 spot....