The Flagler Museum

Until the time of the Spanish-American War, Florida was a forgotten sparsely-inhabited backwater, consisting mostly of unwanted swampland that was infested with malaria and yellow fever. In an age where most land travel was by foot or by horse buggy, getting to Florida was difficult, and few people had any reason to try. It wasn’t … More The Flagler Museum

The Kennedy Bunker

During the Cold War, the Pentagon built a secret nuclear fallout shelter near Palm Beach FL for President John F Kennedy. In 1933, Joseph Kennedy, the head of the prominent Boston Kennedy clan who would soon serve as US Ambassador to England for FDR, purchased a seaside estate at the resort of Palm Beach, Florida. … More The Kennedy Bunker

Peanut Island Park

Peanut Island is a tiny speck of sand (just 80 acres) formed by a dredging operation in the Intercostal. It is most well-known for the once-secret nuclear fallout shelter constructed there for President John F Kennedy (and that will be a separate diary). Today it is a county park, with walking paths. Accessible only by … More Peanut Island Park

Vanlife: Electricity

[NOTE: I’ve blogged all these “how-to” posts before, but am gonna re-run them on occasion, since folks may have missed them, and many of them have been updated or expanded since they were first posted.] Back in my younger days as a backpacker, we used almost no electricity at all. I sometimes carried a small … More Vanlife: Electricity

Dreher Park

This is a very nice park right next to the zoo and the science museum. It’s a great place to have a picnic lunch, and there are lots of critters to see. Some photos from an afternoon walking around the park. ​Dreher Park ​One of several ponds ​Brown Anole ​Muscovy Duck preening ​A lovely old … More Dreher Park

Palm Beach Zoo

OK, I liked this place. The landscaping is very very nicely done, the zookeepers were very friendly and always eager to chat “animal”, and the enclosures, though mostly wire, used a wide mesh to make life easier for photographers. There were also a lot of shows throughout the day. I had a great time here.  … More Palm Beach Zoo