A Dozen Reasons to Visit St. Augustine’s Fountain of Youth and walkable sites

Tired of lying in the sunshine, staying home to watch the rainYou are young and life is long, and there is time to kill todayAnd then one day you find ten years have got behind youNo one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun…. The lines above come from Pink Floyd’s 1973… Continue reading A Dozen Reasons to Visit St. Augustine’s Fountain of Youth and walkable sites

11. St. Johns County: Ponte Vedra Beach to Vilano Beach

If you like a mix of history, natural beauty, gorgeous architecture, tourist attractions, delicious food, and plenty of quirkiness, then you are going to love St. Johns County, home of America’s OLDEST city—St. Augustine. Our first two counties, Nassau and Duval, provide travelers with much to see and enjoy, but the reputation Florida has a… Continue reading 11. St. Johns County: Ponte Vedra Beach to Vilano Beach

10. Duval County: US 90/Beach Boulevard to Ponte Vedra Beach

For our final stretch of Duval County, we begin where US 90/Beach Boulevard meets Third Street/A1A and continue south to the St. Johns County line and Ponte Vedra Beach. During this stretch, we venture into Jacksonville on both Beach Boulevard and J. Turner Butler Boulevard. With the presence of Florida’s railroad magnate Henry Flagler, a… Continue reading 10. Duval County: US 90/Beach Boulevard to Ponte Vedra Beach

Hillsboro Mile and the Legendary Barefoot Mailmen

Traveling south on A1A in Broward County, a 3.2-mile stretch beginning at the SE 10th Street intersection and extending to the Hillsboro Inlet Bridge is known as the hyperbolic “Hillsboro Mile”. With its 60 mansions scattered along A1A, it is also referred to as Millionaire’s Mile or Florida’s Magnificent Mile, this according to Florida Luxurious… Continue reading Hillsboro Mile and the Legendary Barefoot Mailmen

9. Duval County: SR 116 to US 90/Beach Boulevard

In Entry #8 of the Complete A1A journey, we cross the St. Johns River Ferry from Fort George Island onto Mayport and continue until A1A intersects with SR 116/Wonderwood Drive; the intersection allows travelers to visit Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park eastward, and inland to Jacksonville to explore more of the Timucuan Ecological and Historical Preserve.… Continue reading 9. Duval County: SR 116 to US 90/Beach Boulevard

Duval County: A Walk Around James Weldon Johnson Park

Duval County, of which Jacksonville mostly incorporates, is not the tourist destination travelers think of when visiting Florida. It is easy to believe that those journeying down I-95 probably drive through without stopping, even for a bathroom break. Those that do decide to spend some time in the LARGEST city in area in the Contiguous… Continue reading Duval County: A Walk Around James Weldon Johnson Park

8. Duval County: Mayport to Fort Caroline National Memorial and Beyond

The Complete A1A blog entry #7 brought us into Duval County from Amelia Island, where travel stays within the Timucuan Ecological and Historical Preserve until arriving at the St. Johns River Ferry on Fort George Island. Here, the ONLY ferry service along A1A transports vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians for nearly a mile across the St.… Continue reading 8. Duval County: Mayport to Fort Caroline National Memorial and Beyond

June 15: It’s Nature Photography Day!

Today is a special day for those that like to connect with nature and wildlife, and capture those awesome moments on camera. From the National Day Calendar website: “The North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) along with millions of photographers and photography lovers across the nation observe Nature Photography Day on June 15th. Nature lovers… Continue reading June 15: It’s Nature Photography Day!

7. Duval County: Timucuan Ecological and Historical Preserve, and St. Johns River Ferry

Welcome to Duuvall! And with that, welcome to the LARGEST city in area in the Continental United States—Jacksonville. And with that, welcome to the Timucuan Ecological and Historical Preserve, a 46,000-acre piece of paradise that many outside of Jacksonville—and probably some that live within the county/city limits—do not know exist. To some, Jacksonville is a… Continue reading 7. Duval County: Timucuan Ecological and Historical Preserve, and St. Johns River Ferry

A1A Animal Encounters: Accredited Zoos and Mammal Marine Parks

“People forget the good that zoos do. If it weren’t for zoos, we would have so many species that would be extinct today.“ -Betty White “I became very critical of zoos and circuses and keeping animals in captivity. I wish it was against the law.” -Christopher Walken A drive down A1A, from beginning to end,… Continue reading A1A Animal Encounters: Accredited Zoos and Mammal Marine Parks

From the Past: Casper’s Gatorland Alligator Farm

Billed as the “World’s LARGEST Alligator Farm, Casper’s Gatorland Alligator Farm was located on US 1, just a few miles north of St. Augustine and A1A. In the 1940’s, it was known as the Ostrich and Alligator Farm. Opened in 1946, Gatorland closed in 1982. What probably caught the eye of travelers riding on this… Continue reading From the Past: Casper’s Gatorland Alligator Farm

A Saturday on A1A: an Alligator and a Rocket Launch (and reflections of a dinghy of death)

On Saturday, May 15, 2021, an item was checked off the bucket list—I saw a rocket blast off into outer space from Kennedy Space Center. (This blog entry shares a misadventure, a Saturday visit to Kennedy Space Center to see a rocket launch, and information on Space Coast sites related to the space program.) Living… Continue reading A Saturday on A1A: an Alligator and a Rocket Launch (and reflections of a dinghy of death)