Downtown Jacksonville 03.09.2014
I spent the past week up in Jacksonville helping out a short-staffed tutoring center. The experience was amazing - I got the opportunity to meet some great people and appreciate a full schedule at work. Given some actual hours, I was reminded why I truly enjoy what I’m doing. Go figure! I was also able to get out on the last day to do a little exploring and catch some photos of the Jax skyline from the Riverside Arts Market.
Happy Birthday Yellowstone! [Established March 1, 1872]
The first time I fell in love with Yellowstone, I was at Madison Junction, under the shadow of National Park Mountain. The sky was a brilliant, deep blue, lit by a high but slowly sinking sun. A valley was spread out before me, and a herd of bison grazed lazily along the banks of the Madison River. I was experiencing something quite rare in this usually very populated part of the park, although I didn’t know it at the time; there were no other tourists to be seen. Perhaps because it was still early in the season, the parking lot at Madison was empty. There were no crowds of chattering people, no tri-pods set up for the photo of the century, no silly city folk inching dangerously closer to the scene. It was just me, my travel companion, a couple dozen bison, and the utter freedom of Yellowstone.
The Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Home to dolphin art, lazy sea turtles, and every piece of anything remotely associated with the film ‘Dolphin Tale’. We were fortunate enough to visit Winter, the dolphin with a prosthetic tail! Morgan Freeman was regrettably not on location….
Pier 60 at Clearwater Beach, Florida 02.17.2014
I have always declared February my least favorite month of the year. It’s cold, and miserable, and short, and stupid, and I generally can’t stand it. That was before I moved to Florida, where a local explained the seasons to me in terms of “summer and February.” You see, every other month is pretty much hot here, with the average temperature usually hovering anywhere above 80 degrees. February, however, is like a Colorado spring. It’s all 70 degree days, blue skies, cool breezes and thunderstorms. During a Florida February, I can explore the beach and bury my toes in the soft sand while soaking in some sun. I am very much enjoying February in Florida.