pictured is ed's 1936-1940 coral rock quarry. in 1936 ed moved his castle and sculptures from florida city and began construction of the castle wall. each section of the wall is eight feet tall, four feet wide, and three feet thick. the wall sections weigh approximately 13,000 pounds. these sections were constructed using simple hand tools and ed only worked at night.
An airboat ride in the Everglades is a "don't miss" activity. You can also hike through several areas, but I suggest the airboat ride ride with a Miccosukee Indian because the guide will know exactly where to find an alligator or two. These are best viewed from the safety of a large boat. I know from experience, having almost given myself a heart attack after stepping on a small one, you do not want to find one on your own, hiking.
Drive across from Miami to Naples on U.S. 41, known as the Tamiami Trail, and enjoy incredible scenery ... the "river of grass," the Big Cypress preserve, water birds, alligators, and even, if you're lucky, "herds" of swamp rabbits grazing in the grass alongside the road.
Homestead is not usually a destination, unless you're here for motor-racing at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Most people just drive through on their way to the Florida Keys. If you stop over on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, have dinner and an evening of music at the Main Street Cafe. The food is good, the staff friendly, and the live music, expecially on Thursdays, is usually brilliant. I've been told it is reputed to be the best small venue for folk music on the east coast. It isn't limited to folk, either ... recently Adrian Legg performed, and he is one of, if not THE, best accoustic guitarist on the planet! For photos of recent performances, see http://jeansandsilk.com/MAINSTREET_G1/
The Gator Airboat Tour was great fun! We saw alligators and swamps and after a while the driver asked us to use ear plugs. They were necessary as the engine would make a lot of noise as he would now drive really fast. And he sure did - and he also made several 360-degree turns - without the airboat turning upside down!! I have a great video on this. Don't miss the tour if you go to the farm. Lots of fun! The driver was a fun guy. Don't forget to tip him!
Snakes are not exactly my favorite pets. This Burmese Python is close to 7 feet (ca. 2 meters) long. She was moving constantly and her thin tongue was all the time going back and forth really fast. I sure won't miss this baby!
Pieces of meat were just being thrown into the middle of the pond and the alligators were soon all over. The gators might not believe you are reluctant to be a part of their meal so keep away from the water!
When your in florida you should take an airboat ride. You can do that virtualy everywhere. So check it out before you go.
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ed built twin beds for himself and "sweetsixteen". on a level above their beds he built beds for two children. close to "sweetsixteen's" bed ed built a rocking cradle weighing 155 pounds.
ed's tool room is located on the first floor of the tower. it is amazing to think that ed could build such massive sculptures and walls with these simple tools.
pictured is ed's bar-b-que house. the cooking utensils were built from old car parts. ed was very fond of children and when they visited the castle on school trips he would cook hotdogs for them.
the moon crescent next to saturn is "the crescent of the east". it weighs approxmately 46,000 pounds. this scupture was moved from florida city to it's present location in 1936.
next to mars is a sculpture of saturn. both mars and saturn are part of the east wall of the castle. saturn weighs approximately 36,000 pounds.
next to the north wall are the planets ed carved. pictured is mars. ed believed that there was life on mars. this sculpture weighs approximately 36,000 pounds.
this is ed's first carved rocking chair. he placed it on this massive coral rock so visitors could see it.
this stone gate weighs three tons. it is perfectly balanced on recycled automoble bearings. a small child can easly move this massive stone.