TURTLE HOUSE AT ELVIRA’S ROOST, MT OLIVE SHORES, POLK CITY, FLORIDA

October 8, 2021

Temperature 88 Degrees with a brief thunder storm

Till Boredom Overtook Them

Things have settled down into a predictable routine. Which means life is a bit boring and routine. Not that we don’t have things to do. Ms. Barbara has been spending days changing our address on what often appears to be hundreds of documents and agencies. She also has been busy making delish meals and doing laundry.

I’ve been busy doing minor upgrades to Elvira as well as taking care of routine maintenance. I’ve got the inside all cleaned up to include steam cleaning the floors. I’ve dumped and blasted the tanks. My last big project will be deep cleaning the roof, stripping off all the old caulking, and then re-caulking all the seams and vents. I expect this project to take a few weeks if not a month to complete. I see no need to rush.

But what we were both wanting to do was, well, just go somewhere. We wanted to go somewhere other than out for groceries and to another doctor’s appointment. We just wanted to do something different and unusual. It didn’t have to be big and spectacular. It might only take a few minutes. You see, boredom had overtaken us and we needed to beat it back. Time to take action.

Well, what if I told you that you car could defy gravity, and roll uphill all by itself? Well, it can at

Spook Hill in Lake Wales, Florida. This we had to experience. So we were off. When you get there you find that there’s not much to Spook Hill. Just the sign you see here and a white line on the road beneath it.

And this Billboard with Casper the Friendly Ghost which is just before the white line. It’s located just about where we took the first picture from. See the directions on the bottom of the billboard? Time to try it out.

We pulled up to the white line seen in the first photo. We placed the transmission in neutral. Within seconds we were moving uphill and back to the billboard! What? Of course we tried it again, and again, and well you get the idea. Always with the same results.

So what is going on here? Some say there is the ghost of a dead pirate hanging out here who likes to mess with people’s cars. Others say there is a great warrior chief and a huge alligator who continue to fight in the afterlife and are sort of messing the laws of gravity up. Then there are others who say it is just an optical allusion. What do you think? There is, of course, a really practical explanation but I don’t want to spoil it for you if you haven’t been there yet.

That was our day on The Road of Retirement. A simple kind of day with a touch of intrigue thrown in. Just what we needed. Time now to find something else to explore. We have several ideas in mind. We will see what we will see.

Thanks for taking the time to read our blog.  We always appreciate your company, your comments, and your suggestions. Remember, take time to stop and smell the roses and live each day that God gives you to the fullest.

5 thoughts on “TURTLE HOUSE AT ELVIRA’S ROOST, MT OLIVE SHORES, POLK CITY, FLORIDA

  1. I sure don’t know what it could be. The only thing I can think of is that it is some kind of optical illusion. I wonder what it would feel like if you walk it. Someday, I will find out, but I don’t think I can figure it out with just my brain. Someone needs to tell me. Like you.

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  2. I don’t know how that can happen. We’ve been to Lake Wales many times but have never done that. We’ll be waiting for the answer as to how that’s possible. There is Lake Placid that has many murals throughout the town withhidden objects for one to find. All the information can be picked up at the Visitors Center. Do it on a nice day because there is alot of walking.

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    1. It is an optical illusion caused by the surrounding terrain. You “feel” like you are going uphill when in fact you are actually going “downhill”. It still is really neat to experience for yourself. Try it sometime, its fun.

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