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July 19th, 2008 – by: mswim
Once we reached the sea turtle we noticed two things. One, the barnacles and starfish that were on his back, and two the blood oozing out of the sides. We had just led a group of 30 kids, all under the age of 11 to a dead sea turtle. Oops! The kids were fascinated by it nontheless. We didn't let any of the younger kids approach the dead turtle, however the older kids were allowed to check it out. I bet they went home with some interesting stories...
There was a tropical system just off the coast so we experienced bands of rain throughout our stay at the park.
The other day I created an account with Postcrossing, a postcard exchange website. I thought the principle behind the website was pretty cool and really, I had nothing better to do. Since I had some free time on my hands today, I decided I'd run out and pick up a few postcards. I suppose I could have gone to Wal*Mart or a drug store to grab them but I decided to head downtown to The Landing instead. I noticed something rather interesting as I made my way from my parking spot on Julia to The Landing...tourists. Real live, fanny pack wearing, socks and sandals, camera-toting tourists.
The Landing was rather dead. The proverbial live band was doing their sound check in the center of the complex. The words "Check one, two" resounded off of the walls of the neighboring restaurants. Several boats were docked at the pier paralleling the landmark and a few couples strolled by holding hands. Just another day at The Landing.
Hemming Plaza is a booming place, even during the day. It's full of homeless people (aka outdoorsmen) seeking refuges from the hot Florida sun. They spend their days out-witting each other on the outdoor chess tables and peoplewatching from the surrounding benches. Just off Hemming Plaza is the Main Library, the other reason for my visit to downtown. The library is magnificent. There are floors and floors of books, cds and dvds as well as countless computers and alcoves. There's a theatre, a map room, and galleries featuring pieces beautifully created by local artisans. The Library blew my mind. I didn't have a camera on me so I used the one of my iPhone (which sucks btw).
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