April 26, 2008

Ormond Beach & Daytona Beach Pt 1

Time to see stuff in Ormond Beach.

Just about one block past the Granada Bridge entering Downtown Ormond Beach, you will find the Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens. The Museum was closed preparing a new exhibit, but we were here for the Gardens.

After sitting next to this waterfall, Marlon soon had to find a bathroom.

This was a very tame wild alligator.

This is a rare species of turtle known as the Whale Turtle. The Whale Turtle evolved when cross breeding was attempted with the blue whale and the box turtle.

They can now be found at various lawn and garden retailers.

Sandy's Garden is a memorial to a long time friend of the museum.

The wall in Sandy's Garden.

The walking path at the Gardens.

Like a Bridge Over Turtled Waters

He's TRYING to catch that water in his mouth.

Lots of turtles just below the surface...every once in awhile a head pops out.

Leaving the gardens.

Fotunato Park is located under the Granada Bridge which heads into Downtown Ormond Beach.

Houses on the shoreline go for a pretty penny. One sign we saw proclaimed "Reduced to $950,000" or some such amount.

The rest of the sign said "120 by 300 foot lot". Yes, this was JUST a LOT.

This was a perfect place for fishing.

The park boasts the original Cupola from the Historic Ormond Hotel. What exactly IS a cupola? Look here... http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/cupola .

The Ormond Hotel lured such names as the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Henry Ford, Will Rogers, and Al Capone.

Unfortunately, the historic structure was demolished in 1992 (only 12 years after being placed on the US National Register of Historic Places) in favor of...yes, a condo.

For more pictures, go to http://public.fotki.com/Marlonfleenor/1/2008/april/ormond-beach-and-da/ pictures 14-44.

To be continued...

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