I know – it’s ridiculously hot outside already, and that’s when the thunderstorms aren’t wreaking havoc across town. We recently went for an evening hike, and still – it was hot. That being said, let me plug a product: A cooling pad/towel to wear while outdoors. Full disclosure: I’ll probably be recommending a few products from time to time. Check them out and help me fund the site. Thanks for listening!
From the Jacksonville Daily Record:
The mayor’s office and City have begun reviewing possible projects in and near the St. Johns River, with both expressing interest to make improvements to Exchange Club Island below the Mathews Bridge.
Mayor Alvin Brown has released his prioritized list of projects he would like to seek matching funds for from the Florida Inland Navigational District.
The City’s Waterways Commission district subcommittee discussed the list at a Jan. 7 meeting and the full commission will discuss Jan. 28.
The proposed Exchange Club Island project is to design and permit a small boat dock and shoreline kayak area for the island to improve boater access. The project also calls for a hiking trail and pavilions with tables and grills. (more…)
Tonight, Black Creek Outfitters is combining two great things – the outdoors and beer. The guest speaker is Greg Bleakney who cycled 18,500 miles from Alaska to South America.
From the site:
First 200 to arrive get a free Black Creek collectable pint glass and one fill up from Green Room Brewing. Gourmet Aviator will be on hand with food for purchase with 10% of sales going to the Sierra Club. To learn more about our guest speaker Greg Bleakney visit: gbleakney.com
For more information visit BCO’s webpage.
For your viewing enjoyment, here’s an infographic about National Scenic Trails in the US:
Nassau Sound is known for its tricky waters to navigate, shark infestations and a remote, narrow pass where the Nassau River meets the Atlantic Ocean.
Doug Pope also sees the sound as a possible site of treasure from the long-lost Spanish galleon San Miguel that wrecked in 1715. Pope is president of Amelia Research & Recovery LLC, based in Fernandina Beach, and his quest to find the San Miguel’s loot is the basis of his business.
Pope said the find of a jeweler’s furnace in 1993 near Amelia Island is believed to be from the ship that was part of a fleet of about a dozen that went down during a hurricane nearly 300 years ago. The treasure salvaging season for Pope commences in about two weeks, when area waters are most calm. (more…)
April’s Art Walk theme is “Earth without art is eh”.
-Headquarters @ Hemming Plaza • Enjoy the sounds of fiddles, banjos and more
with The Knotty Pines and check out Paul Mitchell School’s Alice in Wonderland fashion
show at 7:30 p.m. on the stage.
-Eco Zone on Laura Street • Learn about green initiatives between Adams and
Forsyth streets with The Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, Jacksonville Reef
Research Team, The Girls Gone Green, Sierra Club, the Kona School and more.
-Southlight Gallery • Features a plant sale with proceeds benefitting the
St. Johns Riverkeeper.
-Perdue, Inc. • Hosts Bristol Rose’s nature photography.
-Dalton Agency • Presents Dalton Cares poster exhibit on windows.
-Koja Sushi • Enjoy live music with John Shaffer and a free sushi tasting.
Over the next few weeks, hundreds of backpackers will be starting their northward journey to Maine from Springer Mountain in northern Georgia. Many have been planning for years, and quite a few have started blogs to share their adventure. Below are a few links that I’ve come across to hike vicariously through them. It’s a good way to get a feel for the adventure and the trials along the way. Enjoy.
Today, MetroJacksonville has a good article on Ft. Caroline and the surrounding natural and historical attractions – many of which have been mentioned or detailed here. It’s worth a look, and provides some more information on the Theodore Roosevelt nature area, Spanish Pond, and even the gravestone of John Nathan Spearing. If you ever get the chance, take a day to make it out to this area and see the sights. They’re literally right across the street from each other. In the meantime, read the article here.