East Coast of Florida

Tuesday, 3/18/2014. 

We had one last thing to do in the Apopka area before we left. The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in downtown Winter Park was one place we did not want to miss. It houses the largest collection of Louis Comfort Tifanny art work in the world. There are paintings, drawings, glass work, windows, parts from his Laurelton Hall home’s dining room, living room and other rooms and the Chapel originally created for the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago and later restored and installed at Laurelton Hall. There are also extensive collections of art pottery and furniture in the Arts and Crafts style and from the Art Nouveau period.
No pictures were allowed inside. This is from the Museum website. It is hard to describe how amazing all of the different things were. And then there was a pretty stunning gift shop.
Winter Park was very nice.
Right downtown there was a beautiful park (the land came from Charles Morse). There was a train station right in the center of the park on the other side. And just then the orange and white Amtrack train came into town. Maybe it was the Orange. Blossom Special. The orange trees are in bloom and the air is filled with an refreshing aroma.

The streets are all cobblestone and tree lined. Mostly small shops and eateries. A Panera Bread was on this corner. The museum a half block down the street on the left. A nice looking church where Susan’s cousin attends was a block down on the right.  

So a nice stroll around the park and downtown and then back to the coach and off towards Titusville.

We are staying at a county park campground just south of the causeway leading over to the Kennedy Space Center. It is an older park right on the water with campsites complete with water, power and sewer connections and pretty good wifi. The sites are wooded, some pretty large, some big enough.
Ours was easy enough to get into and while not the biggest in the park just fine for our 6 day stay.  We discovered a couple from Cottage Grove in the campground today. They have been here since December and have been here every year for the last seven.  You can stay here for up to 180 days each year.  There is a fishing pier at the park. It doesn’t look like it is more than four feet deep at the end.  Across the “river” (the intercoastal waterway) is the Kennedy Space Center.  Between the trees is the Vehicle Assembly Building where the moon rockets and space shuttles were prepared for launch before they were moved to the launch sites. 
Zoom, zoom…

And right across from us is the KSC Visitor’s Center that wee will visit on Thursday. The Space Shuttle Atlantis the on display there.  A two hour bus ride through the entire launch complex, iMax movies, the Astronaut Hall of Fame and more is all part of the rather pricey admission price (although it is about 1/2 the cost of goint to Disney World).  The big orange and white thing is the space shuttle main fuel tank and the solid rocket boosters standing next to the Visitor’s Center.  It is at least five miles away.

Tha park has a large grassy area right on the water.  A great place to watch a launch.
Last night we created two home made small Evil Jungle Pizzas.  A spicy peanut sauce, barbeque chicken, carrots, onions, red pepper, snap peas and cheese.  Very tasty.
Today we drove down the coast to Melbourne Beach and over the causway to Cape Canaveral and the back up along the ocean side through Cocoa Beach and on to the Kennedy Space Center and back to our comfy home on wheel.
Plugging along ..
Roger and Susan

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