Category Archives: View from the Road

Wandering thoughts.

Amputation, Anyone? The Military Hospital Museum

The tour of the Spanish Military Hospital Museum was one I had not planned to take. For some reason, I don’t know exactly why, when I walked down Avila Avenue on Sunday the hospital did not attract. It might have … Continue reading

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The Castillo de San Marcos

The Castillo de San Marcos pretty much draws the eye from anywhere on St. Augustine’s waterfront. The best pedestrian view is from the Bridge of Lions, but once you hit Matanzas Strait you can’t miss the stone walls to the … Continue reading

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And Now a Word About Alligators

(Advisory: The sixth photo down is a snake picture. Scroll past it if snakes freak you out.)  The main alligator lagoon forms the ground floor of the rookery, guaranteeing that no tree-climbing rodent predators (rats, etc) will be climbing trees … Continue reading

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For the Birds

When I think of Florida, I generally think of three things: Disney/Harry Potter World, Cape Canaveral and alligators. My two recurring fears as I planned the trip were that the airline would lose my luggage, and/or that I would lose … Continue reading

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To The Lighthouse

As I dragged my flabby carcass up the 219 steps of the St Augustine lighthouse the metal stairs began to hum. Sound filled the spiral stairwell, voices. I could make out tones, intonations, rhythms but not the words. Louder, more … Continue reading

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Coming to Saint Augustine

I left Cassadaga in a monsoon. At first I thought I was being a whiny tourist (“Oh, waaah! It’s raining!”) or at least exaggerating. The rain was so fast and steady that even with the wipers on fast the windshield … Continue reading

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Time for a Reading

You probably don’t go to Cassadaga, Florida unless you are interested in, or curious about, spiritualism. And if you are curious or interested, you are probably going to get some kind of psychic reading while you’re there. If you don’t, … Continue reading

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The Haunted Museum

The full name of The Haunted Museum is C Green’s Haunted History House and Museum, and it is indeed part haunted house and part historical archive. The place has been open since February, 2018, and frankly I think it needs, … Continue reading

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Welcome to Cassadaga

It’s not that Cassadaga, Florida, is hard to find. The directions from the Hotel Cassadaga website, plus Google, were clear. It’s just that it’s small and it doesn’t show on any maps. I think, but I’m not sure, that it … Continue reading

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We Interrupt Florida to Bring You the Noyo River Review Launch

The Noyo River Review held its launch party on Sunday, May 13, at the Gallery Bookshop in Mendocino. The bookstore has a deep and abiding relationship with the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, and when the Mendocino Odd Fellows building was … Continue reading

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