Sunday, November 29, 2009

Daytona Beach Cable Cars

I went for a ride on the cable cars at the Daytona Beach Pier. It's an expensive ride for what it is, and it's a bit scary, especially when you look at all of the rusted metal bits on the ride from all of the exposure to the salty air. I enjoyed my ride though:
Photo Opp.
Sky Tower

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Ares I-X

Possible shuttle replacement? I hope so!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Spring Hammock Preserve #2

I returned to Spring Hammock Preserve in Longwood on bike to find the boardwalk leading to Lake Jessup had been reopened. The water in the flooded swamp was pretty high, so it was a bit creepy riding on a narrow boardwalk, inches above the duckweed covered water. The whole time, gators were bellowing in the distance, just to add to the experience...
Cypress knees:
This little alligator was on a log about ten feet away from the boardwalk.
Finally, the swamp opened up to a marsh overlooking Lake Jessup:
Spring Hammock is definitely one of my favorite places to go for a bike ride!

Sunday, August 30, 2009


Space Shuttle Discovery launch as seen from Titusville!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Deerfield Beach

On a recent drive down to South Florida, I stopped at Deerfield Beach. I didn't stay long or go swimming, but it was definitely a nice looking beach. I think I need to return...

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Sanford 4th of July

For this year's 4th of July, I headed over to Downtown Sanford to see the fireworks. I really like the location on Lake Monroe, and the event has definitely grown quite a bit since I last watched the fireworks in Sanford several years ago. It was a good show, although the fireworks over the river in Deland looked much more impressive and went on for several more minutes after Sanford's show had ended.


Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Seminole County Fair

I visited the 2009 Seminole County Fair a few weeks ago in the parking lot of the Seminole Towne Center Mall in Sanford, FL. My definition of a county fair must be different than Seminole County's, because I would consider this event a carnival. It needs farm animals to be a fair (besides from a pony)...
seminole county fair
seminole county fair
seminole county fair
seminole county fair
seminole county fair
seminole county fair
seminole county fair
seminole county fair

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Cedar Waxwings, Robins, & Mockingbirds

Two years ago, a flock of Cedar Waxwings flew through my backyard and devoured a Beauty Berry Bush that somehow planted itself in the yard. They were soon joined by a few American Robins and some Mockingbirds and by the end of the day, the plant was picked clean of berries. When I saw the feast going on, I got my video camera out and this was the result (make sure you hit the High Quality (HQ) button):

Since that flock of Cedar Waxwings visited, I've yet to see another one. The robins migrate through Central Florida every year, and if you're at the right place at the right time, you'll see them. This year, the Beauty Berries have been completely untouched. From what I understand, birds only eat these berries if there is nothing else around because they are so acidic, but I'm still waiting for the Cedar Waxwings to pay another visit...

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-119)

Space Shuttle Discovery (STS 119) launched on March 15, 2009 at 7:43 pm. I drove out to Titusville, FL to watch the launch, and it is very nice to be able to hear the noise that the shuttle makes.
STS 119
Shuttle View
As it got darker, the contrail left by the shuttle started glowing with wonderful colors from the setting sun. Of course, these could have something to do with all of the nasty chemicals that the shuttle spews out in that smoke refracting the light, but it was still nice to look at. In contrast with Titusville's older buildings, this could have provided some great pictures, but I'm not entirely happy with how they came out.
Dangerous Chemicals
Victorian House and Shuttle
Discovery & Church
Here's a video of the launch.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Cady Way Trail's Tied Arch Bridge

Cady Way Trail Bridge

I've been meaning to go bike riding along the Cady Way Trail for a while now, specifically over the bridge crossing 436, but it seems I never have my bicycle when I'm in the area. Recently, I was riding along Colonial Drive and happened to have a unicycle in the car, so I decided to see how far I could get before dark. I started at Fashion Square Mall, not quite knowing exactly where the trail traveled. I eventually made it to the bridge and made it my turn around point. It ended up being my longest ride ever on a unicycle (just over 8 miles), but I had fun!

The bridge over 436 is a basket-handle tied arch bridge. This basically means it's and arch with the roadway suspended by vertical cables. It's a very nice looking bridge that I would rate near the top of my favorite Central Florida pedestrian bridges.
Cady Way Trail Bridge
Here's some of the strangely fascinating engineering details of the bridge...
Cady Way Trail Bridge
Cady Way Trail Bridge
And the view of the car dealers and fast food restaurants below on 436:
Cady Way Trail Bridge
I need to come back with a bicycle and ride along the rest of the trail. From what I saw of Cady Way, it's nowhere as nice as Seminole County's trails, but it's still an interesting ride.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Kepler Telescope Launch on a Delta II Rocket

The Kepler Telescope launched on a Delta II rocket at 10:49 pm on March 7, 2009. Kepler sounds like a very interesting project, and lets hope it finds plenty of earth-like planets. You can read more about it on NASA's website.

I think I'll go turn on my SETI@home software now and leave you with these two fifteen second exposures of the launch:
Delta II Kepler Telescope Launch #1
Delta II Kepler Telescope Launch #2