When you see the word Jupiter, what comes to mind?
In my case the first thing that came to my mind is the school yard rhyme:
“Boys go to Jupiter to get stupider, while girls go to college to get more knowledge”.
OK. that is my background coming to the front because no doubt, that rhyme is not part of everyone’s life.
Then there is Jupiter in mythology.
If you have studied Greek mythology, you would know that Jupiter is considered to be equivalent to Zeus.
Then there is Jupiter as the planet.
In this case the astrological information related to the planet Jupiter is that it is the thinking man’s planet (quite the opposite of the school yard rhyme 😁 ) and that the planet rules higher learning and yen for exploring.
You know what?
Forget all the above!
The Jupiter I am referring to is Jupiter, Florida.
Located on the southeastern coast of Florida, this little town of approximately 65,000 people is home to several attractions. For example it is home to the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals spring training facilities. Good to know if you are a baseball fan.......I am not 😉.
It is also home to the Palm Beach International Raceway. A racing facility built in 1965, which currently hosts several drag racing, hot rod racing, as well as stock car racing events ( OK, not so currently because as we all know we are in quarantine😑).
It is also home to the Matz Jupiter Theater; originally founded in 1979 as the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theater, owned and operated by the actor himself (little trivia here...he married to Loni Anderson at his 160 acre farm/ranch in Jupiter and he died at the age of 82 in Jupiter as well. )
While there are several other points of interest in Jupiter the one that stands out the most is the Jupiter Inlet Light.
The site for the light house was chosen in 1853. It is located between Cape Canaveral Light and Hillsboro Inlet Light. But construction of the light house was not completed until 1860. First because the inlet silted shut and all required materials for the construction needed to be transported by light boats down the Indian River. Secondly, because of the Third Seminole War which interrupted construction from 1856-1858.
There are 105 steps to the top of the light house. Well worth the climb, because once on top you have the most magnificent view of the water and the town.
Even though, I am not big on heights, I did enjoy the climb and the view.
Of course what goes up must come down.
Once back on the ground floor there are two more structures that need a visit. The first is the Tindall House.
Tindall Pioneer Homestead, the earliest house still existing in Jupiter. Originally located a mile up the Loxahatchee River next to the early Pennock Plantation on the south side of the river, the 1892 house was home to George Washington Tindall and Mary Pilcher Tindall and eight of their ten children. The homestead gives a glimpse of early life along the Loxahatchee for brave pioneering families.
And the second stop is the museum which is located in a restored World War II Naval housing building, and exhibits "Five Thousand Years on the Loxahatchee"