space ships, salt water, and sand
growing up on Florida’s space coast
As a child my friends were the children of the engineers who were bringing to life the infant U.S. Space program. I saw rocket launches and giant computers as a normal part of life.
But I also grew up digging shells on beaches, wading briny inland waterways to harvest oysters, and doing all the other year-round outdoor activities children did on Florida’s then barely populated Space Coast.
Exploring swamplands and spotting alligators while under the blinding-hot sun that fueled the yearly hurricanes make up my most nostalgic memories of childhood.