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Seaturtle nest
Yesterday, my co-workers and I took a group of about 30 kids out to a nearby State Park known as Little Talbot Island.  Although the park is only about 15 minutes from my house and workplace, I've only been here one other time.  We prearranged for a park ranger to talk with the group about the various types of wildlife that live on the island.  Our ranger talked to us about the rattlesnakes, racoons, bobcats, sea turtles and other creatures that live within the park.  After our rather lengthy lesson we had lunch and headed down to the beach to collect shells.  One of the kids found a small sharks tooth and the whole gang got rather excited and they all dug to locate a tooth of their own.  Unfortunately they were unsuccessful.  I overhead a woman telling her husband that there was a sea turtle just down the beach from where we were.
A seaturtle at Little Talbot Island
  We decided to take the kids down there to see it and allow them to go up 4 at a time to get a closer look.  It sounded like a great plan, until we got there. 

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.
  It didn't ruin the atmosphere at all though.  The fishermen kept on fishing, the surfers kept on surfing and the sunbathers...well...they just laid there reading, praying that the sun would poke back out soon.

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.
A statue of Andrew Jackson outside of The Landing
  It struck me as odd because nobody comes to Jacksonville as a toursit.  There are two reasons to visit Jacksonville, football and golf.  That's it.  Don't get me wrong, it's a great place to live but there are far more interesting places nearby and people typically just keep driving through Jax without stopping. 

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.
  It was hot outside so I didn't spend time wandering through the corridors.  I went inside and immediately found the postcards I was looking for.  .25 a piece, easy-peasy.  I next grabbed a delicously cool Frappucino from Starbucks and walked a few blocks to Hemming Plaza.

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).
tvillingmarit says:
Great blog
Posted on: Jul 19, 2008
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Seaturtle nest
Seaturtle nest
A seaturtle at Little Talbot Island
A seaturtle at Little Talbot Island
A statue of Andrew Jackson outside…
A statue of Andrew Jackson outsid…
The Library
The Library
The staircases of the Main Library
The staircases of the Main Library
Another view of the staircases.
Another view of the staircases.
A mural inside of the library
A mural inside of the library
This shows how much flooding is ex…
This shows how much flooding is e…
US Courthouse
US Courthouse