Discoveries America: Florida
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Kennedy Space Center visitors learn America’s achievements in outer space, meet astronaut retired Navy captain Jon McBride. Up the coast, a historic Spanish fort and lighthouse in St. Augustine - America’s oldest continuously occupied European settlement. Citrus production is big business in state and so are cows. Cattle ranching on Lightsey Ranch is an eight-generation affair. Everyone pitches in to preserve a unique Florida tradition. Airboats have explored inland waterways for years, a ride in fast boats is great way to see vast expanse of marsh & swampland. Manatees, large aquatic mammals, live in warm, shallow rivers, bays, estuaries & coastal waters. Underwater observatory at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State park is place to see Manatees in natural environment. Cypress Gardens in operation for more than 50 years, began as showplace for flowers & tropical canal boat rides - It soon evolved into water ski show. In the Keys, USA’s southernmost point, author Ernest Hemingway’s house and famous Duval Street landmark - Sloppy Joe’s. Tarpon fishing is popular, best way to get a glimpse of fish is at Robbie’s - for a dollar, visitors feed fish right off docks. Offshore, World Record holder Billy Pate shares fishing knowledge. Everglades National Park is only subtropical preserve in North America. The park is known for bird life including herons, storks, & egrets - backcountry boating is way to see it all.
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The show opens up with a tour of the Rocky Mountains and especially Rocky Mountain National Park, with its many high mountains and spectacular views. Next is a visit to Pike's Peak by cog railroad. Just below Pike's Peak, on the edge of Colorado Springs, is the famous Garden of the Gods, unique rock formations in their own park. The show takes quick turns through Denver and the outdoor recreation possibilities at Winterpark and Cripple Creek. The narrative shows down for a fascinating look at the sheep dog championships in Meeker, before moving on to Durango for its Railroad festival. There is an extended tour, with Park Rangers, through Mesa Verde's ancient cliff dwellings, then it's on to fishing and rafting on the exciting rapids of the Gunnison River.
The voice-over narrative keeps the viewer oriented without drowning out the spectacular scenery, and the show includes comments by locals and visitors. The effect, hopefully, is motivate folks to consider visiting Colorado. To that potential audience, this DVD is highly recommended.
This survey of Wyoming is very brief and probably uneven in its coverage; on the other hand, if the viewer doesn't know much about Wyoming, this DVD might be a pleasant way to start. Published in 2003, its information is probably just a little dated.