April 03, 2010

Solomon's Castle

So you've heard of "Solomon's Temple" and maybe "The Palace of Solomon" or even "Solomon's Porch" or the "Song of Solomon"... but I bring you "SOLOMON'S CASTLE!"
(Cue Trumpety music)My Dad and Mom have lived here for basically forever and I used to live here for forever... and NONE of us had ever gone to Solomon's Castle...and now that I've been there, I can't for the life of me, figure out why!?Solomon's Castle is built waaaaaay out in the swamps and countryside of Florida. It's still a "local attraction" for our little town though. A man (I guess Solomon?) built the whole thing from recycled stuff. Ol' Sol went green ages ago. He built the castle up there from old tin (or was it aluminum?) You can tour the castle for $10 a person. We decided to save the tour for another day and opted for dinner at "The Boat in the Moat."That's right folks. Bathsheeba's boy doen't just build castles... the life-size boat in the swamp (aka, Moat) , the castle, and all the other "decor" is built from found, recycled stuff too. Reminds me of the Black Rock in LOST. Good show. Speaking of cult-classics, I figured there'd be no more appropriate place (other than maybe comicon) to debut my new Star Wars tshirt than at such a fine establishment. Isaac donned his too. There is something strange and fun about wearing a Star Wars shirt while dining at the Boat in the Moat at Solomon's Castle. Poetic really. I'm sure the castle has a whole room dedicated to the Rebel Alliance.

After a quick look-see inside the air-conditioned dining room in the Boat, we chose the dining tables inside the lighthouse.
That's right folks. The fun never ends in Lily, Florida.We chose it because it looked out over all the scenery. (Told you we were in a swamp!)The food was good (not super great, but quite a good selection for being what it is) and the staff was friendly. The waitress even played peekaboo with Isaac through the open window in the lighthouse dining room. Didn't get a pic of the peekaboo but I did of the High-5 my mom gave him for staying dry on the long drive out there- moments later he spilled water all over his pants and we had to change him anyway.Isaiah had a good time too (he did that himself)...as did we all. That's a horse face, not a sad face. I give two thumbs up to Solomon's Castle!

5 comments:

Emily said...

That is pretty strange...

Anthony and Sharon said...

Iknowright?

Elizabeth said...

Strange?!? I was thinking it was pretty fun. :) We were going to take Shan's parents to visit Solomon's Castle when we lived in Wauchula last summer and then when we visited this past Christmas, but didn't make it there either time. My cousin had her rehearsal dinner for her wedding at the "boat in a moat". Interesting, huh?

I can't believe you'd never been there before? Didn't you go for a field trip in elementary school? I thought it was a requirement or something?!?

And last but not least...Isaac is stinkin' adorable in your matching Star Wars picture.

Cara said...

Bartow girl has never even heard of it!!

jdk0103 said...

Looks like fun :) Where in the world is that? We're missing out!!!