photo sharing and upload picture albums photo forums search pictures popular photos photography help login
Don Boyd | all galleries >> Memories of Old Hialeah, Old Miami and Old South Florida Photo Galleries - largest non-Facebook collection on the internet >> Memories of Old HIALEAH, Florida - Historical Photo Galleries and Commentaries - click on image to view and read > Vacations and Trips Comments Forum
previous | next
Vacations and Trips Comments Forum

Vacations and Trips Comments Forum

Anywhere but Hialeah


Per request of Robbin, visitors can post stories of trips to anywhere but Hialeah. Please post your comments below and not in the regular Hialeah or other galleries. Thanks!


other sizes: small medium original
previous | next
comment | share
Manocarz 08-Sep-2009 09:05
Thanks Don for adding the link. Enjoy your trip.
Don Boyd08-Sep-2009 06:44
You meanhttp://www.floridalicenseplates.com ? There ya go, thanks for telling us about it.

Don
Manocarz 08-Sep-2009 02:16
For a trip down memory, all serious Florida native collector of carz must mark as a favorite site the floridalicenseplates site. there is a http with the colon and two forward slashes and a www with a dot before it and a dot com after it. I tried to post the site but it rejected my posting. Maybe Don can add the link. Its a great site with all the tag codes by letter and county numbers from days gone by.
Robbin 23-Jul-2009 18:57
Don Boyd, That is The Whole Story, and I Remembered the other counties' numbers, But I was Correct: My Dad Drove a Chevy Station Wagon , and it had a 1W Plate, and all of the Cars with Fla . Plates ,My Brother and I noted, Had 1W. Your Clarification, was , as Paul Harvey always Said, or Says : The Rest Of The Story, and That's My Clarification. Best Regards, Don. Robbin.
Don Boyd22-Jul-2009 05:12
A clarification on the old Florida auto tags that were mentioned below. There was far more than 1W tags out there from Dade County.

The first number designated the county and was ranked from Dade which was #1 to the 67th most populated county in the state and it was based on the 1950 US Census. Duval was #2, Hillsborough was #3, Pinellas was #4 and Broward was #10. The next letter or space designated the weight class of the car. T on the tag (I associated tiny with the T) were small low weight cars such as the early model VW Beetles and possibly English Fords and maybe a couple of other brands. D on the tag designated cars that weighed more than the smaller T cars; VW Beetles in the 1960's carried a D tag because their weight increased higher than the T weight range. Cars that weighed more than the D's had no letter - just a hyphen after the county number and before the tag number. Cars weighing more than the no letter cars carried a W after the county number. And finally, the largest and heaviest cars carried a WW after the county number.

This system allowed everyone, especially law enforcement officers, to see not only what county the car was from but what weight class the car was in. Someone putting a stolen plate on a car would have to get the right weight class tag to put on or it would be noticeable to a lot of people. The annual tag renewals were based on the car weight class, so the "T" tags cost less than the "D" tags which cost less than the "no letter" tags, which cost less than the "W" tags which cost less than the "WW" tags.

As I recall, rental cars carried a separate letter ( E ?) and trucks and motorcycles had their own system of letters after the county number.
Robbin 17-Jul-2009 18:30
Traveling in The Summers, in The 50's, when I was a Little kid, was a Lot of Fun. My Little Brother, 3 years younger than myself, and me, we amused ourselves, on Trips, By Looking for Florida License Plates, on The Road, and Especially Florida Sunshine State Plates with : 1W, which was Dade County, or The Miami Area. And when we spotted a car with FLA. 1 W Plates, My Dad, would Blow the Car Horn, and we'd all wave to the people. That was Neat. and we Traveled in The Family Station Wagon, and My Little Brother and I, Had Pillows and Blankets, and We'd Sleep, and Make A Tent, out of The Blankets. And our Absolute Favorite Place to Eat: Howard Johnson's, We Loved Their Restaurants, and Their Food. We always stopped at Howard Johnson's. And At Gas Stations, We would Get Coca Cola's in The Small Bottle, from The Machine, and Lance Chocolate Cookies, and That was always Enjoyable. And we used to Stop At Stuckey's, Horne's, and Rawl's, To Get Peanut Brittle, Orange Juice, and Coconut Patties. And We would Stop at Harvey's Groves, and Hale's Groves, north of Melbourne, and Have Fresh Orange Juice, ect. My Brother , and I , Had Fun, and Now: We Have A Lot Of Great Memories. We Went Mostly: To: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, & Pennsylvania . We Went To Beaches, Horse Racing, Caves, Train Rides, Good Restaurants, Attractions, Drive In Theatres, Drive In Fast Foods, Museums, Mountains, Formal Gardens, Little Towns, Neat Diners, Drugstore Soda Fountains, Ect. Great Memories. Robbin.
Robbin 16-Jul-2009 22:29
One Of My Favorite Things, Is : Riverboats, The Sternwheeler Proud Mary Types with The Caliope, ect. I Have always Been Fascinated By Them, since I was a Little Kid. Reminds Me Of Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, Riverboat Landings, River Towns, ect. I've Been on Many Riverboats, in Natchez, Memphis, Nashville, Branson, Cincinnati, Louisville, New Orleans, Disney World, Wilmington, N. C., Norfolk, Jacksonville, N. C., ST. Louis, FT. Lauderdale, Pittsburgh , and others. It's Neat to Be Way up High, on The Outer Decks Of Riverboats, and The View, is Great. And when I Ride on Them, I Get Dreams Of Having Been on Old Frontier Riverboats, Crossing Waterways , Before There were Bridges, and when Riverboats Brought Supplies, to Towns, and out to The Country, From Towns, and Cities. I Love Thinking, about That, and Imagining The Sight, Of The Sternwheeler Riverboat Rolling On A River. My Dad, always Said: That A Relative Of His Mom, My Grandma: named Jeff Stokes, was A Riverboat Captain, on The Northeast Cape Fear River, Bringing Supplies, From Wilmington, To The Country, 40 Miles North , where My Grandma, Was Born and Raised , Near Burgaw, N. C. That Time, would Of Been Circa : Late 1800's. Uncle Jeff Stokes , Riverboat Captain . I Love Riverboats, Riding On Them, and The History, and Folklore Associated with Them. Robbin.
Robbin 16-Jul-2009 21:39
In 1955, when I was 4 Years Old, My Family went On A Summer Vacation Trip, To Asheville , North Carolina, and to Bryson City, North Carolina, and I Remember Looking up at all The Greenery of The Mountains, and Thinking it was neat, and pretty, But also: I was a Little Scared Of The Altitudes Too. But My Dad, was A Great Driver, and We Were Always Safe, and Had A Good Time. We Had A Good Trip, Except For 2 Things that Happened: # 1 : We Were Riding around Asheville, when A Rock From A Dump Truck, in Front Of us, Went Thru The Windshield Of My Dad's Station Wagon, and Shattered The Windshield, Like a Spider's Web. Luckily, we were all O. K., and My Dad, Took His Almost Brand new 1955 Chevrolet Station Wagon, to The Chevy Dealer Of Asheville, and They Put a New Windshield in, and all was Well. We Ate Lunch at A Big Historic Grand Hotel, with A Big Impressive Chandelier, and They Had A Buffet, and I Remember The Great Food, Especially: The Fantastic Macaroni And Cheese, and Heavenly Apple Pie, Home Made. And # 2 Mishap, was in Bryson City, at the Motel we stayed at, when I went Swimming in The Fountain, By The Motel's Sign. You See, it was Summer, and The Motel Had No Pool, so I Improvised, Scraped Myself, in The Fontain, Got Yelled at By The Owner Of The Motel, and Then I Got A Whipping, from My Dad, and His Belt. But other than those 2 Excitements: We Had a Nice Trip. I Hope Someone Likes This True Story, from My Dennis The Mennace Days. Robbin.
Robbin 16-Jul-2009 21:10
One Summer Vacation, when I was about 12 Years Old, and My Younger Brother, was 9 Years Old, In 1963, My Dad Rented a Cabin, on The Northeast Cape Fear River, in Rocky Point, North Carolina. Rocky Point, is about 12 Miles north Of Wilmington. My Dad, My Little Brother , and I , Spent 3 Days and nights there, and we Had a Great Time. No T. V., No Radio, No Phone, no Neighbors, only A Beautiful Riverview, Boating, in My Dads 16 Foot Boat, Fishing, and Storytelling, at Night. We Went to Bed Early, and Got Up Early, and We Had Fresh Fish, Everyday, and it was Delicious. My Dad's Boat, Had A Big Motor, an Evinrude 100 Horsepower, and My Dad, Let Me Drive it a Lot, and We Went Real Fast, Sometimes, as My Dad Knew I Wanted To Go Faster, and He Told Me: Go Ahead: Open it Up, and We Laughed, and I Did. The Back of The Cabin, was only about 15 , or 20 Feet, from Waters Edge, and That was Neat. The Cabin, was A Small Bare Necessities Wooden Building, with Military Bunk Beds, and it was out in The Woods, and Nature, at it's Finest. It was a Most Memorable Stay, and All 3 Of us: Enjoyed The 3 Days , and 3 Nights. I Will Never Forget that Cabin, The River, and The Great Time We Had. Definately: This is One of My Fondess Memories. It was My Dad's Idea, and it was A Great Plan. Robbin.
Robbin P. Learned 21-Dec-2008 06:28
Eastsider, Yes, I've Been to The Rustic Inn, on Ravenswood Road, just North Of Griffin Road, Many Times, in The Past, But not Lately !!!!!! And You're Correct, The Food There, is Excellent !!!!!!! They Put Newspapers, on The Tables, For The Mess, of Eating Crabs, ect. I used to Go a Lot, To some other Good Restaurants, in that area, also, Long Ago, and They were; Sea Shanty, Spiced Apple, Tropical Acres, Vincent's On The Water, & Captain Perry's, and all of them, were on Griffin Road, West of Ravenswood RD. And Yes, I Have Been to San Antonio, and The Riverwalk, and I Loved The Riverwalk, and A Mexican Restaurant, on it, called; La Paloma Del Rio, which means in Spanish; The Pigeon Of The River. They Had Tables By The Water, with Pastel Colored Umbrellas, And Wonderful Authentic Mexican Food !!!!!!! I Ate Lunch there, one Day, and It was So Delicious !!!!! And I Ate BBQ, at A Good Place In San Antone, Called Bill Miller's. And I Ate Great Mexican Food, in San Antonio, at A Fast Food, that Looked Like a Taco Bell, Called; Alfonso's !!!!!!! My Aunt Corine, used to Live in San Antonio, and I Went to Visit Her, a Couple Of Times. And I've also Been to Austin, And Had; Chicken Fried Steak, with Cream Gravy, And Texas Chili---,,, A Bowl Of Red, with a Long Neck Bottle, or Two, of Lone Star Beer, At a Place On Capitol Avenue, can't Remember The Name, of the Place, But That Food, was Outstanding, And The Beer, was Ice Cold !!!!!!!! And I , Too, Like The Austin Music !!!!!!! I Always Watch ; Austin City Limits, and Really Enjoy It !!!!!!!!!! Austin, is A Big College Town, And A Neat City, I Like it !!!!! And I Love The Big Gulf Shrimp, you Get In Biloxi, Gulfport, Pass Christian, and all along There !!!!! The Oyster Loaf Po'Boy Sandwiches, they serve in New Orleans, on Fresh Baked French Bread, at Felix's, Oyster Bar,and The Acme Oyster Bar, Both in The French Quarter, Are Pure Heaven !!!!!!! And The French Donuts, and Chicory Coffee, Cafe Ol'e, and Beignets, - Ben Yay's , they serve at Cafe Du Monde, in the French Quarter, are a Must, They are So Delicious !!!!!!! And For My Muffulletta, -- Italian Sub, I Go to Central Grocery, also in The French Quarter, near Cafe Du Monde. Also, in New Orleans, I Loved Riding The St. Charles Avenue Streetcars out Past The Garden District, and Past Tulane, and Loyola, To Carrolton, and then Back,to where it Starts, By Downtown, at ST. Charles Avenue. The Streetcar Named Desire !!!!!! Best Regards, as always, My Friend !!!!!! Later !!!! Robbin.
eastsider20-Dec-2008 23:18
Robbin: Your talk about the great New Orleans seafood reminded me of a fantastic place near you that's been around for 50 or more years. It is in Ft. Lauderdale, The Rustic Inn, I think is the correct name. If you go west on Griffin Road from US 1, you will eventually cross some railroad tracks (there is a train station on the left) and there is a traffic signal immediately after the tracks. Turn right and about 1/2 mile in your left is the restaurant. Kind of a gray wooden ramshackle building on a canal. Nothing fancy but really good. You can get a table on the water and watch the iguanas roam the canal while your eat. Every time I'm in Lauderdale I eat there as much as time will allow.
carey gigi 20-Dec-2008 22:06
Thanks Don Boyd for taking the time to start a new site. Has anyone ever gone on the Smokey Mountain Railroad that goes out of the city of Silva a short distance from Franklin, we went on it once in august 1993 and it goes over to Bryson City where it stops for about an hour, it is about an one and a half hour ride either on a closed car or an open air one with a roof you go past a lot of different scenery including a tunnel that rumor has it that it is haunted by the prisoners who drowned while digging the tunnel. What was really interesting when we went was that they had filmed part of the Fugitive there with Harrison Ford and there is a train wreck that they actually ran a train off the track to crash and it was still lying there this is closer to Silva where the ride starts in the movie there is a scene where he is walking into the tunnel it's the tunnel the train goes through. Another scene was filmed in Bryson City when he steals an ambulance and gets chased. I'm trying to go this weekend to Ashville for Christmas with oldest daughter grandchildren and sisters and the rest of my family who has already migrated north Talk again Carey.
Don Boyd20-Dec-2008 22:00
Copied below are the first group of original messages back and forth before this separate forum was created for travel talk of any type, as requested by Robbin.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Pokey 18-Dec-2008 17:26

Don and Robbin
The Smokies are a nice place. I remember in 1963, my family decided to go to New Orleans, when we got to the pan handle of Fla, it was so hot, (no AC in the car) , we looked at each other, and at the same time said, lets go to Cherokee instead.
I remember in Smokemont there was a stream, and it was cold. We would build a dam with bolders and then shot the rappids in the inner tubes, after that we would buy a watermellon and place it in the stream under some rocks and it wouldn't take lone before it was real cold.
Did you ever get pictures of yourself hanging out of the dinosoures or in the crooked old house, where you could sit in a chair that was on a 2x4 on the wall. Great memories.
Robbin, I have been to most of the places that you mention, except Branson, I have always wanted to go there.
In 2003 I took my son to the Tae Kwon Do nationals in Knoxville, and went over to Seiverville to check out Floyd Garrets muscle car museum. it was nice but the traffic was a mess. I took my kids to Dollywood, three times in the 90's. we would camp in Smokemont and drive over the mountain. The drive over the mountain and the drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway is still the same, it hasn't changed, just as pretty as it was in the 50's.
I spent alot of time in the late 60's, at my friends cabin, in Robbinsville, and can remember going to Fontana Village alot.

take care
Pokey

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Robbin P. Learned rpc7560@yahoo.com 18-Dec-2008 06:30

Pokey, and Don Boyd, I Enjoyed Both of Your Stories, about The Smoky's, I Loved that Place, So Pretty, And Natural, Nature, at it's Finest !!!!!! I Also Like Branson, Missouri, and The Ozarks !!!!!! Went there, years Ago, and Did The Town, Went Everywhere, in Town, and Did Everything There was to Do !!!!!!! Have You Guys Been to Branson ?????? I Also Like West Virginia, Upstate New York, And North Eastern PA. Hershey, is A Neat Little Town, Been There !!!!!! And Charles Town, W. V., and Harper's Ferry, in The Shenandoah Valley, are Beautiful, as Are; Cumberland MD., and Bedford Springs PA. And Saratoga Springs, N. Y. Beautiful Places, All Of Them, I Know, Cause I 've Been to All Of them !!!!!!! Later !!!!!! Robbin.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Robbin P. Learned rpc7560@yahoo.com 18-Dec-2008 06:15

Pokey, I went to Cherokee, Maggie Valley, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Knoxville, and Thru The Smoky Mountains National Park, in 1982, and Took in The 1982 Worlds Fair, in Knoxville. The World's Fair, was Real Neat, and I went To Silver Dollar City, in Pigeon Forge, which is Now Dollywood, I Went Down The River, in Cherokee, Got Caught in The Current, and went 500 Yards, Down The River, and Nearly Drowned, Ate Rainbow Trout, at The Village Restaurant, in Cherokee, Went To Ripley's Museum, in Gatlinburg, Ate At Cracker Barrel, For The 1st Time, in Pigeon Forge, Rode Around Taking Lots Of Pictures Of The Mountains, Grist Mills, Ect. I Never Camped There, I Stayed in Motels, But I Would Sit OutBack Outside, at My Motels, and Enjoy The Night Sounds, and Breath in The Clean Fresh Mountain Air !!!!!!!!!!! I Enjoyed Myself, Immencely, to say The Least, and went Back other Vacation Trips, and Enjoyed It Again There. All Of My Visits up there, were Before the Casinos, and Hi Rise Hotels, and all that Nonsense. I wish it would Have Stayed that way, Forever !!!!!!!!! If People want Gambling, Go To Vegas, or Atlantic City, That's How I Feel !!!!!!!! Best Regards !!!!!! Robbin.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Don Boyd 17-Dec-2008 16:42

Hi Pokey,

Thanks for the info on Maggie Valley/Ghost Town. My first visit to Ghost Town in the Sky was in 1962 and I have black and white photos of it somewhere in the boxes. I was 15 and my aunt took me on a road trip to Chicago, letting me drive some of the time with my new restricted license, and we stopped numerous places along the way. We stayed in Maggie Valley overnight and I thought it was great - one of the highlights of the trip. We hit every tourist attraction along the way, taking a more westerly route on the way back. I didn't get back there again until the early 90's when we made a side trip over there from Swannanoa with our daughters and darn if it didn't look exactly the same as I remembered it, including the big gunfight. What a trip back in time with a 30-year gap in between visits. I hope they manage to reopen it after spending millions so far.

Don

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Pokey 17-Dec-2008 15:19

Don
I also spent alot of time in Maggie Valley/Cherokee from 1955 to 1969. We would go there a least every other summer. We always camped in the Smokemont camp ground . It was the first one, as you headed over the mountion to Gatlenburg. I remember that Cherokee had all the rides and tourist attractions back then. I have a picture of my dad and I on the chair lift ( 1965) going up to Goast Town. I saw Timmy (lassie fame) up there in the gun battle. In 1996 I took my son there, we camped in Smokemont and I have a picture of him and I on the same chair lift. But by then most of the old attractions were gone ( moved over the mountain), but I remember that the show Unto These Hills was still playing. It was a great place to go for a vacation. A friend of mine had a cabin up there, and in 68-69 we would go up there on the weekends, alnight drives, but worth the trip.

take care
Pokey

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Don Boyd 14-Dec-2008 07:46

I spent summer vacations plus trips up at Thanksgiving and/or Christmas at my in-laws just east of Asheville (Swannanoa) from 1982 to 1999 when my father-in-law passed away and my mother-in-law moved over to Franklin, TN to be near my bro-in-law. It used to be pretty boring nightlife-wise but the area is beautiful. What was funny to me was that there were so many Floridians or ex-Floridians up there, especially in the summer. I was always amazed at all the Florida tags on cars parked in the mall parking lots in Asheville and driving around. I never heard of the pizza place mentioned but I'm not a big pizza freak like Robbin. : )

It might interest you Maggie Valley / Ghost Town in the Sky fans that a former Homestead bubba and former county manager by the name of Steve Shiver bought Ghost Town in the Sky a while back and is in the process of renovating/improving it. There's a story on the matter in my favorite blog athttp://eyeonmiami.blogspot.com/2008/12/steve-shiver-and-rollercoaster-pro.html and another site athttp://www.rollercoasterpro.com/index.php?subaction=showfull&id=1227156747&archive=&start_from=&ucat=&

Don

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

carey gigi caregigi@gmail.com 14-Dec-2008 07:15

Manocarz Hello I might check out that Franks Roman Pizza on tunnel road I am probably going there at the end of the week. I go more now than before and it only takes me 12 hours to drive there ,I leave at 8:00 p.m. drive all night and get there at 8:00 a.m. in the morning. Maggie valley is really beautiful i have been through it about 4 times this year on the way to Cherokee to the casino even though betting games are something I never cared about I go with my twin sisters they recently reopened Ghost Town in the sky in Maggie Valley I enjoy the drive over there from Asheville about 60 miles. Talk Later Carey

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Don