What would it be like to be the letter carrier for a community full of retired letter carriers? That’s a bit of a running joke in Nalcrest, that is a retirement community exclusively for retired mail carriers. Nalcrest was designed by and continues to be operated by the Nalcrest Foundation, Inc., a branch of the National Association of Letter Carriers, the union representing United States Postal Service city letter carriers. It was the brainchild of William Doherty, the first United States Ambassador to Jamaica and NALC President from 1941–1962.
The community consists of 253 acres, 153 acres of which are developed into 500 garden-style apartments. The remaining 100 acres (0.4 km2) are undeveloped and includes a manmade lake of 15 acres around which the community is developed, and that is connected to the 7,500 acre Lake Weohyakapka.
We have friends who spend the winter there, and this is the third year we have visited. It’s an interesting place with many friendly people from all over the US and Canada. But you won’t find any dogs or cats. Evidently the story about dogs and mail carriers not getting along is true. 😉
Kathy & I were tired of the (relative) cold and decided to make a quick escape to warmer climes. We have friends in central Florida who give us a good excuse to head that way, so we left home on Friday for about 10 days. I had found this old feed store on some website or another and had it saved in my map folder. Today we were close enough to make a slight detour and check it out. I found a few other interesting scenes nearby that I’ll share over the next few days or when we get back home.
In the meantime it was a sunny and toasty 70 at one point during the day. Yay for heat! 🙂
The Center had been closed since March, and when we saw that they were reopening last Thursday 9/17 we rearranged our schedule to attend. Very interesting organization and they are doing good work to promote endangered species.