Day 11: Orlando, FL to West Palm Beach, FL

So this is my second post for the night and it’s nearly 1am but I am determined to catch up!

After some stops NW of Orlando, we skeedadled eastward back to the coast. Nik smelled the water coming and began his squealing routine. Which then gets Grem barking. And therefore, gets Grip barking. Fixie and I just stare at each other and shake our heads. I gave in many times today to this insanity. Nik and Grem did some surf riding for their ball/frisbee. While the older, more sensible dogs, stayed on shore with me. The water seems pretty warm though I won’t be going in. Although I grew up in Southern California, on the beach, I cannot swim.

On with the visuals. In Plymouth, there was this place, “DECO Gallery” which had mostly giant pottery but also a few odd items including this spaceship. There were little seats inside but I have no idea what it’s original use was:


The Budget Motel, certainly not it’s original name, had this neat canopy. I’ve never seen anything like it.  This is in Titusville.


The Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach has these huge, tacky but wonderful statues of various beach sports. I didn’t shoot the skateboarders and I think there were about 3 other statues.




This mid-century building in Cocoa Beach was originally a bank — which one, I don’t know.  To get to the drive-through teller, you drive between the legs.  You can make out the teller’s window on the right in this photo.  I’m not sure if today’s mammoth SUVs would fit in there.  I also don’t know what’s happening to this quirky building.  It appears abandoned.


What would a post be without at least a couple signs?  This one is in Melbourne, way behind “Hot Rayz Limousines”.  I don’t know what the sign is doing back there and barely visible.


This one, also in Melbourne, is at “Del’s Freez”.  I thought they added this plastic to simulate chocolate.  Later, I found out it was black drapery as the owner had passed away.


One last photo from Melbourne then in celebration of St. Pattie’s Day.  This was a quick grab out the window so it’s not the best quality or composition but I had to share these folks with you.  I don’t know how much they’d had to drink already (it was late afternoon) but they were yelling to strangers things like “Tis the Day!  Tis the Day!”.  Dig their shoes.


21 thoughts on “Day 11: Orlando, FL to West Palm Beach, FL

  1. Here’s a little trivia to go with the bank. It once housed a restaurant that played host to wild parties attended by astronauts.

    “Ramon’s Rainbow Room (there were two locations for Ramon’s) once occupied the penthouse.”

  2. Great – thanks for the info! I’m sure those astronauts were party animals when then were off-duty. I’ll see if I can stir up anything more about the bank when I get home & have time for research. I sure hope they are not tearing it down.

    • That would make sense. The building is such a mish-mash. I haven’t had time to poke around for info with my schedule on this trip. This was a building that I just stumbled into.

  3. Looks like you’re having a swell time – I was gone over the weekend and just caught up with your blog. Hope to see you in August sometime.

    • Yes, the trip’s going well. A bit draining and frustrating because I have way more on my list than I can accomplish. As usual I guess. Yes, somehow, I’ll make it to KS this summer, finally.

  4. The bank building was built in about 1962. It was a branch of First Federal Savings and Loan of Cocoa. While the top two boxy-looking floors were added later, I believe they also boxed in what had been the top floor. When the building opened, the glass walls went all the way to the top. There were six floors of building inside of that glass wall.

    • Cool! I’ll poke around for more info/photos of the place when I get my life pieced back together. I just got home about an hour ago after an 18 hour drive.

  5. The tree is a “rain tree.” I used to mow my mother’s down on a monthly basis because, well, it just got in the way. It seems like she called it a “Hawaiian rain tree.” It never got a chance to bloom due to its encounters with the mower, but I do remember the drooping leaves.

  6. The SpaceShip (or one of them) is now located on the corner of Edgewater and Lee road in Orlando 32804 at a liquor store.

    • Do you have a photo or know the name of the store? I had a look at Google just now & maybe it’s just down one of the blocks. I see a pizza place, an auto parts place, a what-looks-like muffler shop, and a “green” corner. It’s probably a duplicate or copy of the one shown here at my blog if it’s been there longer than March.

      • its actually the pizza place.. it just recently turned into a liquor store.

        its a crappy iphone pic but its what I got.. I live just across the street from it.. and it does look a lot like the one you have.. same rusty look and its been there about 2 months (roughly) and it has moved to the center of the parking lot since the other day

  7. Thank you for those awesome pictures of classic architecture in Cocoa Beach and Melbourne. That is such a beautiful part of Florida. I live in the Miami area, and Ive often thought of retiring to that part of Florida. It is really scenic, beautiful and peaceful too.

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