Monday, May 17, 2010

The Beauty of Jacksonville!

I got the opporunity to go to Jacksonville, FL last week. It was a fun and relaxing time. I was in desperate need of some R&R. I went for a walk every morning and was able to enjoy the beautiful river walk along the St. Johns River.


The beauty of the scenic walk along St. John's.


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Bronze runner statue to commemorate the many people who run along the St. John's and the many fund raising runs. And my silly husband competing with the statue for the evening run.


"Our Dreams Live on in Our Children."




Every day there were more boats parked along the river walk.  In the morning the walk would be bare but by noon when the resturants along the landing were open the boats would be there with guests or merchants from the resturants and shops.  Boats were used as transporation for many shops and resturants to go back and forth across the river.  Past the Landing were several business who also had boats for transportation.



At least 4 bridges are along the St. John's maybe more but this was all I saw from where we were staying.  They are like freeways or highways there.  One bridge was for the train to cross over the river.  It would cross at least twice daily with business supplies and UPS delieveries too.  The train bridge was very old and rustic and would raise and lower for train crossing from a horizontal to vertical.  The blue bridge would slide up and down in the middle it, it would always stay horizontal, was an amazing sight to see a bridge move in this new way.


The Jacksonville landing was the local hang out for the down town buisness district.  Resturants and shops surround the center of the landing.  This is the fountain and band stand at the center of the landing.

This is the reason I got to go to Jacksonville, the ICAC team had a training seminar to attend and I went along for R&R.  They do their best to keep our children safe from predators.

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