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)

5. Nassau County: Centre Street to Main Beach Park

The fifth entry of the Complete A1A journey begins at Fernandina Beach’s tourist center, Centre Street, just short of 27 miles from A1A’s northern terminus, Callahan. With so much to offer travelers, this blog entry focuses on just under two and a half miles. Centre Street is the main hub of what is the Fernandina… Continue reading 5. Nassau County: Centre Street to Main Beach Park

The Not So Convenient ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ Cocoa Beach Tour

On September 18, 1965, during the race to space between the United States and the Soviet Union, an anomaly occurred (I learned that NASA likes the word anomaly over mishap during my recent visit to Florida’s Space Coast) that would change America’s view over its space program and have international implications for nearly half a… Continue reading The Not So Convenient ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ Cocoa Beach Tour

4. Nassau County (Yulee to Fernandina Beach): a Float on Lofton Creek, and Other Fun Stuff

Before starting Part 4 of the A1A journey south, let’s review. Starting in Callahan, A1A goes in a easterly direction, crossing at two major intersections: I-95 and US 17, and arriving at Yulee, home of the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner, Derrick Henry. Now, the journey continues from US 17 to Amelia Island. Just short of… Continue reading 4. Nassau County (Yulee to Fernandina Beach): a Float on Lofton Creek, and Other Fun Stuff