The beautiful June weather means it’s time to get outside and enjoy Florida! In the wake of COVID-19, you might be a bit wary of what activities you can participate in, but this is the perfect opportunity to explore Central Florida while keeping your family safe and entertained. Below are a few of our favorite places! PONCE DE LEON INLET Going to the beach is a fun way to make great memories with loved ones, even if you have to stay 6 feet apart. Ponce Inlet is located just south of Daytona Beach. Not only is it a great surfing spot, but it is also home to the tallest lighthouse in Florida — 175 feet tall and 203 steps. If you’re lucky, you may even spot Nelly, the lighthouse cat! BOK TOWER GARDENS Bok Tower Gardens is located between Tampa and Orlando in Lake Wales. It is a place of historic beauty and serenity with the Olmsted Gardens, a reflection pool, and the 205-foot Singing Tower with 50 carillon bells. Bok Tower Gardens plans to open to the public June 1! The grounds are also dog-friendly; they just require your dog to be leashed and well behaved. BEAR CREEK NATURE TRAIL While the weather is just right, be sure to get out and enjoy Florida’s fantastic hiking trails. The Bear Creek Nature Trail in Winter Springs is perfect for more inexperienced hikers or those who prefer a leisurely walk. At just less than 1 mile long, it is much shorter than most other trails. The trail follows the creek and is surrounded by cypress, oak, and palm trees! Make sure you use the restroom before heading out for your hike because this trail does not have a bathroom. Explore Central Florida This Summer! AND ENJOY OUR LOCAL SCENERY
A VOYAGE FOR THE SOUNDS OF EARTH RECORD YOUR OWN AUDIO TIME CAPSULE
In 1977, a NASA committee led by esteemed astrophysicist and author Carl Sagan set out to record images and sounds from around Earth, which were then enshrined in two copper records that included music, languages, and natural sounds from around the world. The Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft carry these records, and since the ‘70s, they have explored space and routinely sent transmissions to Earth about what they have encountered. As Sagan said of the Voyager mission, "The spacecraft will be encountered and the record played only if there are advanced spacefaring civilizations in interstellar space, but the launching of this 'bottle' into the cosmic 'ocean' says something very hopeful about life on this planet.” We may still not have definitive answers about extraterrestrial life, but that doesn’t prevent us from thinking about what we might want to tell others about life on Earth. So, why not make your own recording?
RECORD YOUR OWN MESSAGE
Take inspiration from the Voyager mission by setting out to create a recorded message with your family that can serve as a time capsule for others to enjoy for years to come. As a starting point, ask your kids what they would want to tell future generations or interstellar travelers. What does life on Earth look like to them? Your messages don’t have to be solely futuristic, either. You can record a message to loved ones and have fun sharing it with them. Think of a family member or friend who could use a pick- me-up and create a recording just for them.
Before you head out, be sure to check online for any closures. We hope you have a great June and enjoy exploring Central Florida!
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Most phones and computers have an audio recorder app, and this should be all you need to make a recording. Start by creating your message. You can improvise or write a script beforehand. Then, use your phone or computer to record it. This file can be shared on different platforms and sent to the people you’d like to hear your message.
Have fun with this project and think of it as your chance to tell others what life on Earth means to you.
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