United States Florida Pops Hammock Seminole Village
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First destination on this trip was the AeroJet Rocket Engine test facility. Long story short, NASA awarded AeroJet a contract in the early 1960's to design, build and test the worlds largest rocket engine ever concieved. It was to take men to the moon in a single stage. NASA, of course decided at the last minute to go with multiple stages. The site, with 30 or 40 buildings, some as high as 5 stories, was immediately abandoned. Some 40 plus years later, the site still sits as it was when it was abandoned. There is a lot of interesting information if you Google it. Three engins were built, and stored in silos over 100' deep and positioned on a 45 degree angle. Two engines were tested, and the third is proported to still be underground at the site. I did not find any of the three. There was a road that led to another site that was located far from all other buildings. I would have tested my engines at a remote location away from all other buildings. Unfortunately the road was under water and I did not walk the mile or so to the remote site and possibly where the engines were located.
The next destination was Shark Valley, a 15 mile track that loops 7.5 miles out into the everglades and back. This was a mountain bike trip for me, I took lots of breaks and photo ops revealed themselves every few feet.
Lastly I spent the final day driving Loop Road. A rough track even for my Jeep, speed ranged from less than 5 MPH but never more than 20 MPH. With a distance of over 40 miles it took the best part of the day.