These are the features that writers love to write.
Just spending a few hours in what feels like the middle of nowhere, with a family of retired cowboys who will never tire of telling stories.
Someone spotted an ad about 1,000 acres of land being auctioned off in the eastern part of Manatee County, where it feels like civilization may not be seen again. And good luck if you have signal on your cell phone.
Cowboys call it a day: 1,000 acres to be auctioned off in Myakka City
BY CHARLES SCHELLE
firstname.lastname@example.org May 26, 2013
MYAKKA CITY — David Kibler’s voice comes through as clear as the scenery surrounding him.
“This is what Florida was,” Kibler says over the loud Jeep engine, riding shotgun with his brother Thomas Kibler, as they tour the family’s 1,000-acre ranch — or rather, a retreat that runs along the Manatee River.
Welcome to Kibler Ranch, where the deer roam alongside cattle eating green tomatoes, horses swimming in a pond near grapefruit trees. Bobcats can be spotted here, and snakes aren’t out of the question when navigating the Manatee River.
“You will see flora and fauna, you will see snakes,” says David Kibler, a bit of a humorist whose language is as salty as the earth. “It will be majestic, and you will be (expletive) scared.”