After spending one night in central Florida, we whiled away a few days around Titusville, visiting Kennedy Space Center on Cape Canaveral, touring the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and driving around Cocoa Beach.
The Titusville, campground we had selected was completely full so we fell back onto our second choice in nearby Mims. While the common parts of the campground were nice with newish buildings, tennis courts, hot tub and wilderness trails, the campsites in the section where we were parked were black sand and very little grass. Bummer. We'd stay just two nights spending the days touring.
Most of what we wanted to see was, naturally, along the coast and mostly around the area of Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. On the way out, we passed the cruise ship terminals.
|Port Canaveral. One Disney and two Carnival cruise ships were in port.|
|An eagle is perched in the tree. Center of photo.|
Taken on a drive through Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
|I was glad to have my new Nikon 14x wide optical zoom camera in the car. |
Got this shot without the tripod -- steadied my elbows on the car door.
- Cruickshank Trail is a 5 mile loop around an impounded marsh at Stop 9 on the Black Point Wildlife Drive. .
- Wild Bird Trail is a ¼ mile trail located at Stop 3 of Black Point Wildlife Drive. Two wildlife observation blinds provide views of different marsh habitats.
- Scrub Ridge Trail is a 3/4 mile loop routed through oak scrub and is a good place to see scrub jays and other scrub species.
- Pine Flatwoods Trail is a 1 mile loop and follows fire breaks though pines and oak scrub.
- Oak and Palm Hammock trails provide ½ mile and 2 mile trails through hardwood hammocks.
Haulover Canal, in the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, has a nice Manatee Observation Deck. We stopped by for a look-see... but alas! not a single sea cow anywhere.
|So Wayne just snapped this picture of me in front of the sign. Ho hum.|
When we were here way back then, the Ron Jon Surf Store was big -- but nothing like it is today. The gargantuan building itself is fantastic with beach sport statues adorning the outside. We didn't go into Ron Jon this trip.
|Even this sign is new since we were here.|
|The entry gates into the KSC complex.|
|A huge wall fountain commemorates a JFK statement about space exploration.|
|A familiar sight -- the NASA globe.|
From here, we expect to stop again between St. Augustine and Jacksonville for a refresher course in that part of Florida. See ya there.