Yellow Bluff Fort – Historic State Park

Thursday morning, Malia and I were ready hours before our scheduled time to board the ship, so we decided to do a little more exploring.

We went to Yellow Bluff Fort, which is a historic state park in Jacksonville, Florida.  The park is dedicated to the Confederate soldiers that fought and died trying to maintain control of Jacksonville.

The Union forces were able to seize control of Yellow Bluff, which was an encampment and not an actual fort.  This allowed the Union Military to access the ports in the area around Yellow Bluff and was an essential part of successfully take control of Florida.

Jacksonville, Florida

We arrived in Jacksonville, rather late.  However, we still wanted to walk along the beach  and wander around the downtown area.  Most places were closed and void of people, but we still enjoyed ourselves.

The best part was walking along the beach.  It was beautiful, even at night.  The sounds of the waves and the birds were crystal clear.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get any good pictures.

The lights in downtown Jacksonville were lovely.  As I walked around the city, I thought about my next adventure.  I was going to board a cruise ship and go to The Bahamas, neither of which I had ever done before in my life.  I was full of excitement and curiosity.

 

 

The Metal Bull and the Plastic Dolphin

While driving to Jacksonville, Florida, Malia and I also passed a huge metal statue of a bull.  It was located in front of the Cattleman/Cattlewoman’s building in Pike County, Alabama.  For some reason, it struck me as funny and I took a picture.

We also encountered a plastic resin statue of a dolphin, which had a beautiful design painted along the side of the dolphin.

Both statues struck me as being unique pieces of art.

 

The Abandoned Hotel

Last Wednesday, Malia and I drove down to Jacksonville, Florida.  On the way, we had a few interesting adventures.

We found an abandoned hotel and decided to go exploring.  It was rather interesting.  The building was in horrible condition and there were numerous piles of trash.

As I walked through the place, I tried to picture what the hotel must have been like in the past.  Tourist and other types of travelers would stay at the hotel.  Families vacationed here and some people had fond memories of the place.

As the years progressed and the building was not maintained.  The cliental would change  and I am sure some horrible things happened at that hotel.

If the building could talk, what would it say?  Would it mourn its current state?  Would it feel lonely, now that it has been abandoned?  Would it feel anger toward the owner that neglected it?

 

 

Crashing and Driving School

I’ve seen a vast number of inconsiderate drivers over the years, so I came up with a plan to improve the situation.

When I retire, I want to buy an old truck and drive around looking for bad drivers.  If someone runs a red light, I’m not going to stop.  Instead, I will hit them with my truck.

If they try to steal my parking space, I will hit them with my truck.

I plan to hit them hard enough to leave a nasty dent, but not hard enough to cause injuries.

Sounds like a great plan to me.

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Traveling With Dogs

Whenever I am traveling, I like to take my dog Blue with me.  Blue is not the only dog I have, but he is the only one that travels with me on a regular basis.

Why do I often leave the other dogs at home?

The answer is not based on favoritism.  Instead, it is based on the personality of the dog.

Blue enjoys traveling and is not easily frightened by new experiences.  Blue is also obedient and has excellent recall, which makes it safer to travel with him.

Before you decide to travel with your dog, consider if the dog will enjoy the trip.  How will the dog react to something they have never seen or done before?  Also, what is the training and obedience level of the dog?  How reliable is the dog when being recalled?

Don’t base your decision to travel with a dog on your desires.  Base it on the safety and well being of your dog.

Children and Sports – Keeping Score

I believe the current trend of not keeping score at children’s sporting events is doing more harm than good.  Playing team sports teaches children valuable life lessons and keeping score plays a major role in teaching these lessons.

  • Keeping score teaches children the benefits of hard work.  If everyone receives the same reward, no matter how hard they try, it takes away any incentive to put forth their best effort.
  • Failure is a fact of life and children need to learn how to lose.  It’s much easier to learn the basics of overcoming defeat as a child on the playing field than as an adult in the work force.
  • Children also need to learn how to win.  Personality goes a long way in the world.  If you are an obnoxious brat, employers will not want to keep you around.  You must learn to be a gracious winner.

 

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