I couldn't get away with blogging about Florida without mentioning Disney. Disney and Florida have been intertwined for over 50 years, and my theme, after all, is "Florida Outside the Theme Parks".
Today, I will bring you a part of Disney you may never have heard of.
Did you know Disney once tried to create a planned community just a few miles from Disney World?
It is called Celebration, and it still exists today.
You can't call it "old Florida" but, as far as I'm concerned, it is still a bit off the beaten path of the Disney theme parks.
Here are some pictures of the planned community of Celebration, Florida - population approximately 7,500. I must point out calling it "Disney" is not accurate - Disney no longer owns this series of planned villages to the south of Orlando. But Celebration started as a Disney idea.
So what is it like today?
There's a lot written online about Celebration - because I didn't spend more than an hour or so exploring the part of one of the villages that was open to the general public, I don't feel qualified to blog about what it is like to live there.
But here are some pictures of the public areas of Celebration.
I couldn't travel much further - signs in the park indicated I was reaching the end of the public area.
I could never afford to live there. But it is worth a brief visit just to check it out. That part is free.
And now, a celebration of a different sort, in my home community.
Today is the 9th anniversary of the mass shooting at the American Civic Association in Binghamton, New York, which took place on April 3, 2009. Today, we in Binghamton mourn the 13 innocent dead taken from us that day.
Our community was injured but not broken.
May they forever rest in peace.
Day three of the Ultimate Blog Challenge #blogboost .
"C" Day in the #AtoZChallenge. My theme is "Florida - Outside the theme parks" and tomorrow, I will bring you to a community in Central Florida.