Eating Alligator, Whimsyland, & Fort De Soto Florida

well good morning everybody I’m feeling
a little better still getting over my coffee er so there may be some coughs
throughout this video but not contagious and we’re starting our day here
apparently with something quark you were in Safety Harbor just outside of of
Clearwater here in Florida and I don’t know what we’re gonna find exactly but
we’re gonna find some quirky stuff and I’m hanging out with my Tampa
friends Steve Kyle and Jen here they’re driving me around today we’re gonna hang
out to get oh and Kevin the dog down there the poodle so we’re gonna we’re
gonna hang out today and see if we can find I mean this beetles got everything
it’s got CDs and a keyboard and pieces of circuit breakers and everything in
here look at this that’s hilarious so this is somebody’s a private property
and but they do allow the public to come in so we’re gonna check it out this
place is called whimsy land and Safety Harbor Florida and I guess they let
people walk through and see their art so that’s we’ll do the walkway entrance
lots and lots of painted bowling balls very colorful place huh woo get hello to
the end again more bowling balls tile walkway here well bottle tree Wow well
gas pump back there it’s a colorful art installation here it’s beautiful it’s
pretty nobody would know this is here right yeah so this is a whole whole
block here of all this art oh and this guy here yeah and this
animal creature I see buttons and old necklaces and tabs and there’s an old
watch right there and again more bowling balls and bottles I’ll actually throw
some GPS coordinates below guys you’re in the clear water tamp Airy and want to
see something just a little different wimzie land nicely done guys nice
gentlemen just let me know that the people who owned that crazy-looking
house also owned this house and they rent it out you can stay in one of their
art installation homes here so that’s pretty cool
live the life you imagined I couldn’t say it better thanks guys
stay quirky and I love all the mini palm trees in here about as tall as I am
funny that just as I’m starting to think about leaving Florida and heading north
the weather is turning it has been abnormally chilly in Florida since I’ve
been here now the temperatures are back up into the high 80s
like I said 87 today the lows at night are 70 degrees those those are the lows
so pretty cool but guys Gulf of Mexico here in Florida white sand and not too
busy in January so my friends decided we’re you’re gonna go eat so we’re gonna
head down towards Fort de Soto and go find a nice place to grab food
today’s my cheat day my one cheat day a week so I can even eat a burger if I
want and you know also I really excited I got I guess I’m supposed to wait till
next Wednesday but I’m a little bit of spoiler I hopped on the scale and I’m
down I’m not gonna tell you how far down until Wednesday officially but I’m
feeling really good guys I’m super excited
so go hop back in the van go get some food all right we followed the palm
trees you see Critters cafe here’s the inside
lots of fish decorations all over oh and mr. Sharkey of course yeah but we’re
gonna sit and eat outside here at the marina didn’t that water look really
green super green I love it it’s not like really really sunny but
there’s some blue sky out there somewhere it’s gonna find its way yeah
they have outdoor seating here have some animals here
nice nice iguanas good stuff yeah see what they got here where we got some
Gator bites as an appetizer all right I ain’t no Gator hater oh that’s good I
might try the sauce sauce might be spicy though mmm Gator meat is good all right
well we got kinda pretty got a lobster roll all right I got some grilled
scallops coleslaw and coconut right plain boring burger you got what I like
burger when we potato fries nice I got the fish and chips but didn’t get the
chips yet they’re coming like a big fried piece of fish got funnier out here
after we ate oh I’m so full that was possibly the best fish and chips I’ve
had in a long time not really healthy good for me food if it’s fried but you
know it’s my cheat day it’s my one cheat day of the week so we’ll get back to the
diet tomorrow anyway we’re gonna like I said we’re gonna go south from here lots
and lots of people from these areas have been telling me I need to come down to
Fort DeSoto so my friends are gonna take us down there in the van show you what
it looks like when we get there I’ve entered four desoto Park and just kind
of scoping out the camped I’ve never been in this area before so kind of peek
in it some of the campsites there and some of them are kind of long sites here
too with lots of green palm trees and your very own view of the ocean so maybe
in the future one day I’ll have to camp out here that clear the water is
I like it like it well we’ll keep looking around the park I will mark down
a few of my favorite campsites around here too I always start out here at
North Beach and they got a little gift store there with some treats
that’s a magnets but it wasn’t too impressed I might get one on the way
after is nothing better but I do see some waste and out here a little windy
you could definitely feel the wind coming in but it’s a warm enough day
check out this water is it warm guys oh it really isn’t warm huh well it’s not
Puget Sound cold though like Pacific Ocean even in the summertime it’s still
40 degrees out there this is it’s comfortable it’s very comfortable made
it out to the little sand bar out here lookout for latham from the beach oh man
Florida waters not that clear though but it never looks turquoise out there
does it love being at the beach so much to see
all these shells getting ready to go look at the fort gonna stop in to the
official gift store here at the State Park you know I got to find me a maganet
oh so there might be some magnets okay there might be some the first wait a
minute it’s a little random necklace for Miranda the Mirada
yeah like a little Shasta fort de Soto Beach
I think that’s my favorite very Florida looking Fort de Soto Beach Florida
that’s gonna be a winner and eventually I have to get a new magnet because this
one doesn’t stay up in this position it only has one magnet on the back so I
just falls over it’s not gonna work on the road so I’ll look there here and
find find something else and show you today I got here’s just a 40 caliber gun
that’s a big beast there actually have signs all over the park says no climbing
on the guns so apparently that’s a common thing to try here the fort
turning around well this is the start of it to protect
Tampa Bay you can kind of see some of the shrubbery on top of the fort to you
know help camouflage it back in the days go check it out like jail cells almost I
don’t know what they stored in here head on back outside USA USA chain
somebody to that they ain’t going nowhere oh that’s a monster and another
gun shooting over the edge of the wall here they are getting it done here for
sure by the way this is a Sabal Palmetto cabbage palm tree that’s how you get to
the top of the fort up there to a ramp there’s a reward down at the bottom of
the base and here we are on top up here you can’t even tell it’s a base it’s
natural and then on this side looking for the
enemy out there floor to palm plant he also got some cactus mixed in there okay
and then lastly here at South Beach a little different here the waters not as
clean the beach isn’t as clean it’s just a little different down here but off in
the distance we’ve got the skyline bridge I think you can call it out there
beautiful little out in the view look there and I think what these folks are
getting ready to do is kite surf for though you called it tight kite surfing
yeah I’m gonna head on back to a base camp there and check in on Jax before
the Sun sets had a fun day out here nice beach nice water nice nice weather
thanks Florida and there’s the magnet I have n chilly went with a little ole sea
turtle of sorts smiling at us his shell says Fort de Soto beach he’s a happy guy
yeah put him up here for a few days where I can admire him and today is the
day I depart this area Florida although like I said I might be back for the
Tampa RV show haven’t quite decided yet want to thank my gracious hosts here in
the area for letting me recover from bronchitis and have a nice place to stop
I’ve been hanging out with two two buses these are both YouTube channels both old
friends of mine and new friends of mine if you want to check them out this is
Steve’s RV travels I’ll put a link at the end of the video also and their new
channel that’s a family 5 with dogs getting ready to go on the road red
white and Bethune yeah actually I’m showing this logo because Steve
hates this artwork over here it’ll probably be removing it soon but head
over to Steve’s channel and give them a word of encouragement saying make some
videos do it do it Steve got an invite to go check out this beast right here
they are still working on it they’ve been working on it for about a month
here trying to get a set up for full-time for a family of five and
they’re in the still in the middle of building it let’s go check it out
I think the couch sofa just arrived this morning no there’s no power or lighting
in here so it’s a little dark sorry about that but you can as you can see we
went white everywhere which really brightens and opens up the space and
Kyle finished putting in the floor just the other day furniture starting to go
in cabinets are in remember this is a family of five so look at this three
bunk beds but for all three kids the bathrooms here got some cabinets that
came in for the bathroom and then here’s the shower area they’re going to be
homeschooling their kids so there’s this long table here they can set up their
laptops and work online on the road over here there’s a dog kennel so it’s a
built in dog kennel under there and then this is the bedroom still being worked
on obviously and got some new these weren’t here last time these lights up
here at the headboard but yeah she’s a beaut you don’t have to buy an RV from
the factory and it’s all made up you can just buy a bus and build it however you
like that’s kind of fun right I travel in this so again if you want to check
them out that’s red white and Bethune on YouTube link below in the video
description and at the end of this video I’ll put a little card if you’re
watching on your laptop as well as Steve’s RV travels over there in his bus
he drove that thing down from Tennessee before Thanksgiving so he’s been here in
Florida for about a month or so but uh it’s time to get on the road time to
change things up and basically to the point now where the caught’ isn’t bother
me at COFF about and now I’m gonna call that’s gonna say once an hour one good
coffin hour it hurts a little bit but I’m definitely getting better Steve and
Kyle took off to pick up some batteries lithium batteries so wait till they get
back wanna say goodbye to everybody I say a lot of goodbyes on the road like a
lot of goodbyes they’re not they shouldn’t really be goodbyes though cuz
I always come back I always do especially Florida you know
coming back so anyway guys hope you have a good day gonna be doing some different
stuff in my next video so see you soon be well from Jackson I bye guys

100 comments on “Eating Alligator, Whimsyland, & Fort De Soto Florida”

  1. Boston Terrier Mom says:

    Wow the weather looks beautiful there. Glad you’re feeling better every day. Better stay in Florida and away from the crazy weather to the north or west.

  2. joseph Gillians says:

    Skyway bridge. Prickley Pear. I still call it the die way bridge from the 80's when a barge hit it and part fell into the bay.
    Glad to see you are on the gulf side of Florida. Route 19 & us98 north will get you into some of less developed, old florida.

  3. FreeWheelin' says:

    Please reach out to me. We will be at the tampa rv show as well.

  4. Stephanie Salonek says:

    Yeah you say a lot of goodbyes but you have just as many Hellos! Don’t forget that. Glad you are feeling better.

  5. GW LIFE TV Investing-Retirement-Life says:

    Alligator, frog legs etc…..Tastes like shicken! lol

  6. ed m says:

    no good bye's see you again one day

  7. A jones says:

    Looks like the dog has better accommodations than the children.😂

  8. Phil W says:

    I am right down the road from Ft. Desoto and its a great place to go because the beaches are beautiful. Wish I got to meet you but don't know how to get in touch. Maybe next time.

  9. Alec DSM says:

    bro, your edits are so much better than everyone elses. You're killing it, keep it up!

  10. Jeff Erdmann says:

    Hey Eric, It's not goodbye it's so long…

  11. Skydancer Red White Blue says:

    Congrats on losing weight. Awesome! Feels good doesn't it? Hang in there Eric. The only thing consistent in life is change. I find that fact both terrifying and consoling. Remember it can't rain everyday. Til the next video… 🤧🐝

  12. Idaho Rider says:

    I am glad that you are feeling better. Fun video, thank you.

  13. Spoony Poon says:

    No goodbye.. just see ya later 🤗 yay excited for Wednesday 💜

  14. Farque Matthews says:

    There u r enjoying gator meat n who knows whatever else they do with its skin, but it always confuses me why human beings make such a big fuss n go to extreme lengths to kill when a gator fortunately eats one of em back. Lol

  15. Mary @H2OsEdge says:

    Oh, good. You're better! After a glimpse of Whimsyland, I'm thinkin' I want a little jewelry for my yard.

  16. Christine Stange says:

    Told you. Sometimes it takes a bit to see the pounds roll off! Patience. You look thinner! 👍

  17. Russ Potts says:

    Ya think it might be a good idea to have your cheat day the day AFTER your weigh in? Wishing you the best, really enjoying your videos.

  18. GBmoves says:

    Pineapple upside down cake, why not an upside down palm tree?

  19. donnalyn pompper says:

    Glad you're feeling better, E. Groovy Whimsy stop. Thanks for sharing. I've not yet been to that part of FL. (Yeah, fried foods not the best long-term plan. Eating out is a challenge in many parts of the country for vegans and others who are more discerning about what they put into their body.) Props for promoting folks just starting out. Good man.

  20. Larry Williams says:

    I am not surprised to hear your weight is down, you can see it on your face and neck! AWSOME!! Stay encouraged buddy, keep it up!

  21. Art Roa says:

    It’s saying Hello!, not the good byes.

  22. Warren Layton says:

    Eric..the diet is working. You can absolutely see how much more visible and pronounced your cheek bones are. Keep at it. Congratulations

  23. Scott_PDX says:

    You are already looking thinner…or using a wider lens 😉 Nice to see ya out of the RV getting fresh air and socializing.

  24. Pam Rawlins says:

    So happy your feeling better!! Nice video!! Stay where's its warm!! Hugs for Mr Jaxs Man and ya!! Stay safe!!🌞🐱📹👍💕

  25. Wendy Whitney says:

    If you say a lot of good-byes, you also say a lot of Hellos.

  26. Life Unboxed says:

    Sunshine Skyway Bridge
    Glad you’re feeling better!
    Looking forward to you’re Wednesday video!!

  27. Jody Barkema says:

    So pleased you’re on the mend. Safe travels to you & Jax. Can’t wait for the next video👍❤️

  28. Little Sheree says:

    Oh my goodness!! You were right in my back yard! Sea Critters Cafe is only a couple of miles away from where I live. I am glad you enjoyed your trip!

  29. Warrior of the Wasteland says:

    I've seen that house before! So cool, I forgot about it.

  30. Camille Stahl says:

    Loved the whimsical house. Enjoy and looking forward to hearing how you do on Wednesday.

  31. pennwoodsman says:

    ya shoulda went to sloppy johns bar in indian rocks, about whimsy!

  32. Tox927 says:

    Raising 3 kids in that confined area? Are their parents trying to raise serial killers? They going crazy at an early age for sure. Just wrong.

  33. Jack Smith says:

    you gotta visit the coral castle in fl!!!!!!

  34. Joann Harden says:

    Never goodbye just see you later and where is Jax ❤️

  35. michael rice says:

    Hi Eric. I may have to take back all the ugly things I say about Florida–it looks pleasant there where you are.

  36. Phillip Jansen says:


  37. Patty Cota says:


  38. Wes Allen says:

    Whimsical is nice.

  39. Nita Young says:

    Glad you’re better!

  40. Jay Schwartz says:

    Look forward to the weigh in. I always set my weigh in day the morning of my cheat day. That way you're at the furthest point in the week before you weigh in again. Allows you a week to work of the cheat day.

  41. Jadeskorpion says:

    No Jax 😫

  42. Wes Allen says:

    Live the life you imagined. Nice.

  43. OwnedByACatNamedC.C. says:

    Lookin’ Good! You look thinner and Flor-ee-da looks…ahhhh! I ache to be somewhere other than where I am. I desperately need to find somebody who can help me find a reliable Class C for next to nothing…mission impossible! Wonderful colorful artworks at that property. Thanks for sharing and I’m always looking forward to your next video!! Hi Jax!!😻👍🏻

  44. Carol Mary says:

    Glad you are feeling better, take care.

  45. Life Adventures says:

    Never say good-bye, always say see you later, 🙂

  46. Cheryl Davis says:

    So glad you found the WHITE sand beach and Ft DeSoto and enjoying our winter weather.

  47. Haley Family says:

    So glad your starting to feeling better. So, something we noticed since you started your diet, your skin complexion looks much better even though your recovering from an illness. Keep it up you doing GREAT! Great video too!

  48. Carolina Burger Queen says:

    Glad your feeling better. We are heading to florida from n.c. hopefully this week. Hope you are still there. Our first stop is going to be ichetucknee springs.

  49. Lisa Kent says:

    Glad you are feeling better, enjoyed the video. Looking forward to Wednesdays video, looking good. Safe and happy travels to you and Jax. 🙂

  50. PNWester says:

    08:55 Similar to Battery Russel at Fort Stevens State Park in Warrenton Oregon. (Astoria, close to your stomping grounds)

  51. Lawrence Constantine says:

    That's a great area I went there 3 times a year to spend time with my mother and of course, beat the little white ball at Mangrove Bay Golf Course. My mother always liked the Pasagrill Beach area and get breakfast at the food shack and she worked at the DonCesar lot of history in that building.
    They picked the right buses by going interstate instead of a school bus. PS I call the Gulf Side the Pond no real waves and get red tide every year. Head on up to Tarpon Springs greek fishermen sponge country get your self a real sponge pricey but worth it.

  52. Donald Kuryliw says:

    Hey Eric, I don’t know if your still in my area. I live about 30 miles N/W of Tampa on the West Coast. I wouldn’t mind meeting you. I’d take you out to lunch at [email protected]@TERS. Let me know if you’re interested. I don’t want to give out my number on this. I’m a musician, I have three gigs this week. It would be cool if you showed up.


    I love Florida too, hope to be back in the Spring to the Gulf Coast. If you have a chance Eric, check out Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key while you are in the area. Very pretty places.

  54. Dante Martinez says:

    Are you going to be at the Florida RV Supershow?

  55. CampingwiththeKellys says:

    That bus is looking good

  56. uncledoglips says:

    Go Seahawks…LOL!!!!!

  57. Lois De Lisle says:

    We use to live near there. Great place.

  58. Lance Eastridge says:

    Hi Eric and jacks great video very enjoyable too watch thanks for sharing and safe travels your friends lance and Evelyn

  59. gilbert arnold says:

    Great video thank you!

  60. Carbon Iam says:

    Great video today. It is wonderful weather down here today. I live in sunny Fort Myers.

  61. Adventures with Gnomie says:

    Fort De Soto – ammo bunkers loved all the cool stuff

  62. Lucille Hjort says:

    Eating alligator? Ugh. I have heard that it tastes like chicken though. The bus is a beautiful home. Wishing them the best of safe travels.

  63. Mikele Bonner says:

    Glad you are better. I love watching your Florida videos with the warm temps and beautiful blue skies. I'm trapped in IL where it is snowy and cold. Where did you get your magnetic board? I also have a collection of magnets, but no where to display them. Hug Jax for me. I missed seeing him on this video. Safe travels.

  64. Ladyin Hotpink says:

    What? No Jax!!!🐈

  65. Larry Shreffler says:

    Eric what’s up your lips don’t match your voice the sound is out of sync 🥴

  66. Crurned Travels and Other Stories says:

    Fort De Soto looks a lot like Fort Pulaski here in Georgia. I think you found a new spot for my holiday weekend next week. 😁

  67. Ron Wasser says:

    Congrats on the loss👍👍

  68. Lisa Atkins says:

    In Clearwater or Venice, FL search for black shark teeth. You can find them anywhere in that area. Also find a cheap strainer and and scoop through the sand. Fun times!!

  69. mike Jenkins says:

    Gopher tortoise

  70. Daniel28021991 says:

    Cool video

  71. Carol Bierman says:

    Hopefully the 🌟 ' s align & we get to see ya at the RV show.

  72. Lori Ruby says:

    OMG I lived there for 18 years !! I can’t believe you went there ! Awesome !

  73. Victoria Fachner says:

    Glad to see you smiling again.

  74. Starlight Glow says:

    Check out Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

  75. Chris Helms says:

    Not goodbye……..its till next time

  76. endlessawareness says:

    Attaboy Eric!!!!!

  77. Starlight Glow says:

    Looks like you got some 🌞

  78. cbgreenbay says:

    Go pack go !

  79. Kathryn B says:

    Sorry to see this thing is hanging on. Poor Eric. Hope by the time you read this you're feeling better.
    Loved that bus! Debating on doing a school bus since I drove them for 32 years. Would be very natural and I'd feel right at home on the road with my experience. Thanks for the links to your old and new friends! I'll check them out!

  80. NatalieFloridaRose says:

    Fort desoto was my first Boondocking place. In my minivan 7 years ago. Parked along the back side and no one bothered me for the 5 days I stayed. It’s my favorite place. Gotta get the rv there someday.

  81. jimbo says:

    Keep it up!..or down, u know what I mean!

  82. livelrge1 says:

    Maybe use a positive term for the day you eat what you want, how about Reward Day instead of cheat day.. Good luck and congratulations on getting healthy

  83. Queenie spooky spike says:

    Glad you're feeling better. Have you now become a OMG it's 70 degrees im freezing? ☃😂😂😂

  84. Erin Clark says:

    If you are still in the area, you should stop by RumFish Grill in St. Pete Beach! Giant fish tank in the dining room, very neat to see! 🙂

  85. Lost On Land Again says:

    Somehow I knew you weren't a gator hater.

  86. Regena Groen says:

    I'll go check both of them out.. CONRATS on the loss!! can't wait to see how much, Wednesday!!! That Fish you had Really looked GOOD!!! LOVES/HUGS to you & Jax!!!

  87. Art Sub Lessons says:

    So glad you are feeling better……and the scale is moving downward! Yay!

  88. Morrow420 says:

    your smile is brighter when you are with friends Eric. Good video!

  89. Loleta Fetty says:

    When I lived in Naples,Fl the winters were 3 weeks long. You should have wonderful weather now until June 9th, when the rainy season starts. Florida is a little bit of Heaven. You can find the most shells after a storm. Sanibel Island is on the way to Ft. Meyers. It's a bird sanctuary and they have beautiful shells. Enjoy your stay in Florida! You look wonderful! Loved your video! Seeing the Gulf and white sand was so beautiful. Love to you and Jax. ❤❤❤😊 Auntie Leta in Reno

  90. Sue Oldbird Stone says:

    Glad to see you feeling so much better, Eric.

  91. Getting It Done North Of 7 says:

    Hi Eric, did you find your body reacted differently to the fried fish and other foods on your cheat day?

  92. Loleta Fetty says:

    Gator is good! Glad you liked it. My favorite is a grouper sandwich. You gotta try it with coleslaw and fries. Best mild no fishy tasting fish ever. You'll love it! ❤❤❤🥰 Auntie Leta in Reno

  93. nancy macintyre says:

    I love that house you visited, I have friends that live right around the corner in a trailer, I've been to that house for Christmas and it is amazing. I love that area. Glad your felling better, you look a lot better, Eric you can see the changes, that is awesome, your such an inspiration to so many people, I am so happy for always thanks for sharing, safe travels and god bless love ya Nancy

  94. The flying kayak says:

    Soo cool your in my town

  95. Eileen Moore says:

    Glad you are feeling better. Be careful if you decide to travel West. Big storm a brewing in Washington State and Oregon. Lots of snow.

  96. Carla LaFata says:

    Glad to see you smiling in Sunny Florida! Love my state! It’ll be rocking more when we get LEGALIZED here!!! Be safe, happy trails!!! Peace and Love ❤️

  97. Kristofer Travels says:

    Can't wait till Wednesday's update 👍🏻Cool stop and shout out to Steve. I can't wait to see him when he finally comes my way and starts building his land. 👍🏻😊

  98. Gemini Adventures says:

    Really hope you come on down to the Tampa show Saturday. Would love to see you again before you head out on the road. Rest assured we will follow your travels til we meet again. Stay safe. -Dan, TJ and Monika.

  99. peggy garcia says:

    Glad to see U are feeling better, I've been sick for past 3 days with the flu. Eating a lot of peach jello with peaches. Yes Florida is nice this time of the year. U 2 guys take good care & God Bless..Phoenix

  100. rjr 4949 says:

    Gator has to be cooked correctly,. If overcooked, the texture resembles chunks of snow tire tread. You burn more calories trying to chew it.

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