Florida Leg Of 2010 Tour

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On Thursday, September 23, 2010, I (Stanley Bronstein) walked for 3+ hours on the campus of Florida State University and another 2 hours in Tallahassee, Florida.

Highlights of the Florida leg of the tour:

  • I had to leave my hotel in Mobile, Alabama at 2:30 AM in order to get to the FSU campus on schedule.  The good news is that there was little or no traffic.  The bad news I would have rather been sleeping.
  • Once I got to the campus, things went smoothly.  I had to return to my car at the 2 hour mark as I had to put more money in the parking meter.  I prefer facilities that just give you a parking stub and you pay on the way out.  That way you don’t have to pump meters.
  • There was a nice museum on campus that was free.  I took lots of great pictures of their exhibits (see below).
  • After walking the campus, I had lunch and set up my laptop computer for about 90 minutes.  I was able to get some work done before resuming my walk.
  • It was hot and muggy.  It kind of reminded me of living in Houston.
  • Afterwards, I had to drive about 4 1/2 hours to Athens, Georgia so that I could get back on schedule.  Fortunately the drive was uneventful.  The countryside was pretty and the drive went fairly well.
  • My bed was VERY comfortable.  Zzzzzzzzzzz.

As usual, I recorded a podcast which can be listened to

by clicking the button right below these words.  You can tell how tired I was when

I start out by saying it’s November 23 instead of September.  Oh well . . .

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Here are pictures from my walk.


Here are 5 fast facts about the state of Florida:

  • Florida was admitted as the 27th U.S. state in 1845, after a lengthy period of European colonization stretching back over three hundred years.
  • With an area of 65,758 square miles (170,312 km2), it is ranked 22nd in size among the 50 U.S. states. Florida has the longest coastline in the contiguous United States, encompassing approximately 1,350 miles (2,170 km). The state has four large urban areas, a number of smaller industrial cities, and many small towns.
  • Florida is nicknamed the “Sunshine State” because of its generally warm climate—subtropical in the northern and central regions of the state, with a true tropical climate in the southern portion.
  • The United States Census Bureau estimates that the state population was 18,537,969 in 2009, ranking Florida as the fourth most populous state in the U.S. Tallahassee is the state capital, Jacksonville is the largest city, and the South Florida metropolitan area is the largest metropolitan area.
  • Florida was the first part of what is now the continental United States to be visited by Europeans. The earliest known European explorers came with the Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León, who spotted the peninsula on April 2, 1513. According to his chroniclers, Ponce de León named the region La Florida (“flowery land”) because it was then the Easter Season, known in Spanish as Pascua Florida (roughly “Flowery Easter”), and because the vegetation was in bloom.  It is possible Juan Ponce de León was not the first European to reach Florida, however; reportedly, at least one indigenous tribesman whom he encountered in Florida in 1513 spoke Spanish. From 1513 onward, the land became known as “La Florida,” although after 1630 and throughout the 18th century, Tegesta (after the Tequesta tribe) was an alternate name of choice for the Florida peninsula following publication of a map by the Dutch cartographer Hessel Gerritsz in Joannes de Laet’s History of the New World.

Next stop, Athens, Georgia – The University of Georgia.