|Follow That Dream Parkway leads to a boat ramp and beach on the Gulf of Mexico.|
It happens to me every time I take a road trip.
Recently my wife Bonnie and I drove to the tiny Florida Gulf-coast town of Matlacha so she could do an item for her blog FloridaRambler.com
Matlacha (pronounced mat-la-SHAY) has a fascinating history; supposedly it was "founded" by squatters who exploited a little-known aspect of the law to create a hard-scrabble fishing village in the 1920s. Today it's still a precious time-piece, preserved from the rampant development that has transformed much of the rest of the state.
Later we discovered, to our surprise, that the 1962 Elvis Presley movie "Follow That Dream" is based on the story of Matlacha.
|Elvis followed his dream to a Florida side road in 1961.|
Thanksgiving week, finding ourselves once again on the Gulf Coast of Florida, I casually proposed taking a side trip to Yankeetown.
"There's nothing there," Bonnie replied. Subject closed. Almost.
Driving past on the highway I noticed that the road to Yankeetown is named "Follow That Dream Parkway." I couldn't resist.
|I couldn't resist seeing where Follow That Dream Parkway led.|
We quickly found the bridge where Elvis and the rest of the cast set up their squatter's village in the movie. There IS only one bridge! The site is a bit more overgrown than the movie makers found it, but it's still vacant land.
|You'll see this site — less overgrown — in the movie.|
If you can stand watching Elvis pout for 90 minutes, the movie treats you to Florida scenery that is still there.