Monday, April 23, 2012

Day off for Pancakes

There is nothing like a day off in the middle of the week with my wife. Last week I was able to peel away from work for 1 day to do something that we should have done months ago. Thanks to my friend Rob Semsey who told me about this. Thursday, Patricia and I drove from Orlando to The Old Spanish Sugar Mill in DeLeon Springs State Park.

For those of you that are not familiar it is an old mill from the 1800’s that was reopened in 1961. Apparently it's packed with a 30-minute line out the door on Saturday mornings. We walked in at a lazy 1pm and were immediately seated. As you can see there is a griddle in the center of the table where you actually make your own pancakes. There is a small light switch on the side of the table that turns the burner on. 

I can't forget to mention that you get to make your eggs on the griddle as well. You order a pitcher full of either wheat or white pancake batter, and for those of you that are more experimental than me (like PBG) you can get all sorts of pancakes toppings. PBG had sliced bananas, peanut butter and chocolate chips. I kept it simple… no toppings, just plenty of butter and warm maple syrup that they make from scratch at the mill. (I tried to buy some, and they don't sell it.) We had so much fun! I highly recommend ordering the bacon it’s amazing!

If you are looking for something cool, new and fun to do you have to try this out. Oh and since I didn't say it yet the pancakes are awesome. There is also a spring there, swimming area and a boat tour. I wish it was a nice sunny day and maybe we would have taken in more of what this park offers.

Before I left I had to try and climb this huge old historic tree. One thing I love about my wife is not only does she not stifle me when I want to act like a 14 year old, she encourages and takes pictures of it. It was so much fun until that park ranger buzzed over on her 4 wheeler and said "get out of the tree". Adults are so annoying. I decided to follow the rules and swung around the tree branch and dropped to the ground. I scraped up the inside of my arms pretty bad, but for some strange reason it was cool to get some small scrapes from doing something fun.  To see more pictures check out this Facebook album. 

If you want to visit the Sugar Mill website click here

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