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Part 7 (Continued)
Great American Dog-Friendly Road TripTM
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It was back on the road after our St. Augustine visit. This photo shows an oversize load transported a pretty large boat. The terrain in Florida was pretty flat. We would end up spending about a week or two in Florida at a relative's house.
As we were ready to head back west towards home, we decided to stop at the Kennedy Space Center. Dogs were not allowed inside the center, but they did have a free day boarding kennel. The space shuttle shown here can be seen from the road. It is a full size mock up of a shuttle. Once inside the center you can walk inside this shuttle and see how much, or really how little space the astronauts have inside.
This is an exterior photo of the day kennel for dogs at the Kennedy Space Center. Once you pay admission for the center, you walk over to the kennel and press a button for an attendant. They came pretty quickly and we put Toby in an indoor shaded kennel. They had no air conditioning but several fans seemed to cool the place nicely. There is no attendant in the kennel building, but they do keep the building locked.

This is an inside photo of the kennels. The kennels on the left are for smaller dogs and the kennels in the back for the  larger pooches. After dropping Toby off, we went into the Kennedy Space Center. We paid extra to have lunch with astronaut Jon McBride who was a pilot on the Space Shuttle Challenger in October of 1984. After lunch me and my family posed for a photo with Jon McBride. Then we took a bus tour of the center which included an outside viewing of where the shuttles are built and a distant view of the launch pad. There was also much to see in the way of space paraphernalia. It was well worth the stop over.
Later that day we checked into the dog-friendly Holiday Inn in Titusville, located near the Kennedy Space Center.
This was the view from the Holiday Inn Hotel. The building off in the distance, across the water, is the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center. If you are there for a shuttle launch, this would be a excellent hotel to stay at with your pooch, as you can both watch one of the launches from your hotel room.
As we headed west the next day, we came across some of the hurricane damage that had bombarded Florida earlier that summer. We saw buildings with parts of roofs ripped off and sides of some buildings that were damaged. The photo shown here is a highway sign that had been torn apart by the strong winds.
Along the way we found a nice Florida rest stop with lots of room to walk around. And it did not have any "no pets" signs that we saw, either near the picnic tables or on the grass. Dogs still needed to be leashed.
After our stop we continued on our way. This photo shows some swampy Florida land next to the highway.
It was starting to get late and we stopped for the night at a motel. I believe it was a Days Inn. There wasn't much else there so we left pretty early the next day.
This was kind of a neat roadside attraction. One of the Florida rest stops had a life size replica of a Blue Angel fighter jet.

This photo was taken shortly after crossing over into Alabama. It wouldn't take us too much longer to get to New Orleans... Click here to continue reading Part 7

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