2005 Eight days in Florida

I was fortunate to be invited to guest-lecture and supervise a graduate student at the University of Florida (Gainsville).  Thank you Madan!  

Not getting to Florida very regularly, I played hookey for a few days before I was due to officially arrive.  Thus I got to visit one of the best aircraft collections in the world, and chat briefly with Kermit.  Sadly, my scheduled flight in a Stearman was defeated by weather conditions.

Thereafter I was able to fulfill a lifelong dream by visiting Cape Kennedy.  On the way north I found a navigable gravel road at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.  What an amazing spot! NASA played ball in the nicest possible way.

My first digital camera (a Nikon D70) had arrived about 3 months earlier.  I likely hadn’t finished reading the manual yet – but was pleased with some of the results!

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