Northeast Florida; the Itinerary

Here was my plan for the Florida pleasure/research trip.

  • Thursday, May 3:  Drive, ride and fly, fly through the night to reach Florida the morning of:
  • Friday, May 4: Get my rental car and drive, drive, drive to Cassadaga, the Spiritualist Church camp. Get my room. Have breakfast. Get a psychic reading.
  • Saturday, May 5: Wander the haunted streets of Cassadaga. Go on a Spirit Tour. Avoid alligators.
  • Sunday, May 6: Drive, drive, drive to historic St Augustine. Get my room. Time permitting, check out the waterfront and eat dinner.
  • Monday, May 7: Do Fun, Educational and Historical things. In the evening, sip wine in the St Francis Inn’s courtyard with other guests. Avoid alligators.
  • Tuesday, May 8: Same as Monday except for the evening when I would meet up with Kat Hooper, our Editor in Chief and Dread Mistress of Fantasy Literature, and go on a sunset schooner cruise. Then go eat a slice of the Best Pizza in St. Augustine.
  • Wednesday, May 9: Catch up on any Fun, Educational and Historical things. Sip wine, etc.
  • Thursday, May 10: Get up at crack of dawn, drive, drive to Jacksonville airport; fly, fly, fly, ride and drive home to wake Spouse from a peaceful slumber sometime around midnight.

And that’s just about how it went except for the drive, drive, drive part. Florida, as you can see from a map, is a long state, but not quite as long as California, and I was only playing in the northeast corner. “Drive, drive, drive,” (even allowing for me to get lost which I did) was often only “drive, drive” or even just “drive.”

A pair of sandhill cranes.

A pair of sandhill cranes.

Live oak with Spanish moss.

Live oak with Spanish moss.

For instance, I got to the Hotel Cassagada an hour and a half too early to check in, which gave me a chance to wander around and take pictures.

 

The winter home of the Lily Dale Spiritualists.

The winter home of the Lily Dale Spiritualists.

These two gateposts mark the eastern boundary of the camp.

These two gateposts mark the eastern boundary of the camp.

I had time to visit the Oldest House Museum in St Augustine the first afternoon I was there, as well as wandering the waterfront and seeing the basilica.

And I sought out some alligators when I stopped at the Alligator Farm on Anastasia Island… and I may have nearly had an encounter in Cassadaga, although I’m not sure.

The Alligator Farm says it has specimens of all 21 crocodilian varieties.

The Alligator Farm says it has specimens of all 21 crocodilian varieties.

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