The loop around the south and east side is CApitol Circle Dr, while the north and west side is US 10, a main thoroughfare through the city. Residents use the loop for nearly every place they go because the city is somewhat laid out on a spoke concept that funnels traffic into the perimeter. it causes traffic delays due to the traffic lights that are on Capitol Circle Dr. Downtown traffic also is crammed at times due to the workers down there coming to work, or going home
The alligators have been found in many of the lakes, rivers, ponds and any swamp area along the road. Daylight hours they are known to stay under water or warming themselves on water shores but after the sun sets they can be found in water with their eyes reflecting light shown on them. We found some near the boat docks in our rv park location. Most times they will try to avoid people.
A lot of Tallahassee establishments may have different personas, so to speak, depending on the time or day, or on the day. A nice relaxing bar may turn into a rowdy college nightspot on Fridays and Saturdays. A tree-lined sidewalk may become a petty crime gauntlet as the clock strikes twelve. Our civic center could host anything from a monster truck rally or gun/knife show all the way to a broadway show or children's gathering. You just never know.
I take this comment to the extreme in the accompanying photo. The Traveler's Motel is a small, kind of run-down, establishment just beyond the city limits out on US27 South. Most of the time, this is a place where they may rent the rooms "by the hour", if you know what I mean. But on Sunday morning (see the signs in the photos), they have a bible study group that meets there.
Sounds like one stop shopping for folks, be they sinners or saints, doesn't it?
When I travel, especially abroad, folks think that living in Florida means that I spend my life sipping cool drinks under palm trees on forever warm and sunny days. And while we do have pretty decent weather most of the time, we do live in NORTH Florida. It has actually snowed in Tallahassee before, we usually get a 'blizzard" (maybe half an inch of snow) every 20 years or so. The last measurable snow we had was in 1989, so we may be due.
We greeted 2008 with some seriously cold weather, at least for Florida. Take a look at the accompanying photo. The number on the left (24) was the temperature in Fahrenheit at the time. (this is my outside temperature monitor) For those of you unfamiliar with the Fahrenheit scale, that is 8 degrees below freezing.
So, if you visit in winter, don't leave your jacket or sweater at home, you may need it.... but you won't need it for long, I promise.
Tallahassee is the state capital of Florida. That means we host annual and semi-annual gatherings of the bloodsuckers known as legislators. And of course, they view tax revenues as their own private cash collection.
OK, I understand government, but I'm just venting. When you visit Tallahassee, you'll notice scads of great, big buildings just filled to the brim with bureaucrats. Pencil pushers, Associate Directors of Closet Space, etc.
In the attached photo, you will see Florida's shiny new "Department of Education" building. And at the top, they have the feel good phrase, "just read, Florida". Isn't that cute?
People gripe all the time that we need to spend more money on education. I disagree. We spend PLENTY on education, but we don't spend it on our kids and on teachers. We build giant buildings full of folks sitting behind desks shuffling papers. And then, we put highly paid bigshots in charge of these people, and other even more highly paid bigshots in charge of them. Sigh.
The roads may be pictaresque, but be careful while driving through them that you don't steer off the road into the ditch. That's a big thing that Tallahassee has a problem of: ditches, and there are many people who total their cars while driving into ditches while it's raining, or even in broad daylight. The roads are fairly narrow for American roads and have either no shoulder or very steep depressions that will completely ruin your car. This picture was taken toward Miccosukkee, FL, a town at the end of Old Miccosukkee Rd. This is the only part of the road where you can pull over and take a picture without being of danger to oncoming traffic. People tend to speed on these roads, which can be dangerous at night or during rush hour, as these roads fill up with traffic.
When you're driving around FSU Campus, keep an eye out for the Loch Ness Monster that swims across the road. They're made completely of concrete and it will do serious damage to your car if you don't pay close attention to the road. The arches rise probably about 2½ feet, and they're not that far apart so even if you have a hig-rise car, it will still pose a threat.
A lot of people around Tallahassee really like to enjoy the rural wooded areas outside of town. There are sinkholes, slow-moving rivers and all sorts of natural places to visit.
But, do remember there are other "critters" out in the forest, and some of them are not fond of humans. There are the annoying and ubiquitous mosquitoes, along with chiggers and ticks to get into and under your skin.
And, there are snakes. The only poisonous snakes in the area are rattlesnakes, copperheads, water moccasins and coral snakes, with the rattlers being the most common in the woods. The bad news is that they usually see you before you see them. The good news is that if you leave them alone, they'll generally go their own way. And, it's NOT true that they rattle before they strike, as a warning. So, enjoy the outdoors....but watch yourself.
If you, for whatever reason wish to visit Tally, make sure you donot go at graduation time, or football game time. It is extremely hard to find accomodations during those times. And they do have several universities and several graduation times during the year, so call ahead.
You need a map because I did have some problems with the orientation in this town (and normally I have a very good sense of direction...)