Ormond Scenic Loop & Trail (OSLT) in Central Florida is a 30+ mile (48+ km) double loop of roadways traversing some of the most beautiful natural scenery remaining in coastal Florida; there is ready access to the Atlantic Ocean and the loop actually goes through a state park. Established in 2005 as “Ormond Beach Scenic Loop”, the site is easily accessible by automobile as all roadways are public access around the clock with no toll. A stargazer told EarthSky the following: “Away from the city, surrounded by ocean and forest, it is a fantastic place to gaze stars and even enjoy meteor showers. There are plenty of parking spots and gazebos around the whole loop, plus plenty of parking by the ocean front for people to stop and gaze at the stars.”
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.