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Alpine Grove

by Matt
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Published on: October 5, 2017

Having contemplated this admirable grove, I proceeded towards the shrubberies on the banks of the river, and though it was now late in December, the aromatic groves appeared in full bloom.

-William Bartram

South of Fruit Cove, FL is a town called Switzerland.  As SR-13 edges closer to the St. Johns River, the pines fade away and are replaced with magnolias, maples, and oaks.  This section of Florida was famously mapped and explored by William Bartram, an 18th century naturalist that explored what were at the time the southern most of the 13 colonies along the coast.  (more…)

Hurricane Irma

by Matt
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Published on: October 5, 2017

Irma
Hurricane Irma has come and gone, and in its wake, historic flooding and more than a few trees down.  Several parks are still closed for repairs or due to unsafe conditions.  While in the Fort Caroline area, we tried to visit Spanish Pond and the Teddy Roosevelt hiking area, but unfortunately, so many trees were down that the trail was nearly impossible to travel.  The rest of the park is currently closed.  We took a few photos: (more…)

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