Osceola National Forrest

Malia and I were heading home from our vacation and decided we had time for one last adventure, so we explored the Osceola National Forrest in Florida.

The forrest was amazingly beautiful.  It was full of swamps and foliage.  I was hoping to see an alligator, but the weather was to cold.  However, I did find a banana spider and had my picture taken while standing beside it.  The spider blended into the background, so it’s hard to see it in the picture.

As I walked along the trail, I listened closely to the sounds of the birds and any other animals that might be in the area.  I felt a closeness to nature, a feeling of being one with my surroundings.

I was intruder in another world and hoped to see that world play out in front of me.  I also wanted to tread softly, to prevent creating a disturbance in that world.

Walking through Osceola National Forrest was a fitting adventure to end our vacation.

 

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?

 

 

Spring Break 2017 – Pensacola, Florida

We went to Pensacola for spring break this year and our favorite part of the trip was the Pensacola Lighthouse Museum.

Gwen and I climbed to the top of the lighthouse.  We walked up 177 steps (similar to walking up 12 flights of stairs).  Also, the staircase was narrow with holes in each step, so you could see all the way to the bottom while walking back down the stairs.

Museum Photos

Lighthouse View

Congratulations – We Did It

Beach Photos

 

Bird Photos

 

Trees and Plants

 

Hanging Out at the Hotel and Other Random Photos

 

It was a great trip, but we are all glad to be back home.