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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Florida 2011

Hey y'all! Time to share some pictures from our trip to Jacksonville and St. Augustine! :)

This is my Mama & me on Crescent Beach. That is probably the best beach in the Jax area. I highly suggest making the trip to that beach if you're in the area. We all got really sunburned, and my sunburn is still visible and quite painful. Oh well! I had fun. :)

These are pictures of my first highschool, Allen D. Nease. I hated it so much, but it's still part of my past. I couldn't get good pics of the actual school because it's fenced off during the summer. But it's ALL outdoors. There are no indoor hallways, so when it rains you get wet and when it's hot (like always!) you sweat. I couldn't stand that. And coming from Tennessee, this was so weird. ha! Our mascot was a panther and our colors were green and gold- not my favorite. ;)
And this is my second highschool, Bartram Trail. The BEST school ever! I missed it terribly during my senior year. We were a school full of country kids, and it was more my pace. I had tons of good times! The football games were the best part. Our mascot was a bear and our colors were black and blue. Everything seemed to be better there. I'm so glad I got to spend my sophomore and junior years there. This was also fenced off, so I couldn't get the best pic. But it's much nicer (and newer!) than Nease. :)
Cruisin down the A1A! Props to anyone who knows what song that came from. :)

These are all pics from Alpine Groves Park. It's so pretty! Huge trees with Spanish moss hanging from every branch. And you can look out onto the St. Johns River. :)
Boats on the Intracoastal Waterway. :)

These two pictures are of the Bridge of Lions in downtown St. Augustine. The bridge takes you over the Intracoastal, and it's a drawbridge... it's really fun to go over. :)
Crescent Beach! My sister is one of those three out there... the other two are her friends. You can go sooo far out and still be able to stand up with no problem. It was really fun. :)
This is the fort in downtown St. Aug. It's a major tourist attraction, so there are always tons of people. :)
This is on the way to the Alligator Farm. If y'all are ever in the area, you need to check out the Alligator Farm! It sounds kinda stupid, but it's really fun! You'll be really surprised. :)

These two are of the Intracoastal. :)
This is the lighthouse in St. Aug. I was surprised I actually got a decent picture of this. :)
Ahh... palms. :)
This is the Showboat Carwash... Florida likes to use reclaimed water in their carwashes. Just a fair warning... :)
And more of the Intracoastal!

I had such a great time and I wish I could have stayed longer. Actually, I wish I didn't have to come back to TN. Jacksonville and St. Augustine have more to offer than people think. But that's fine! Y'all just keep going to the gulf coast and I'll just keep on loving the Salt Life over in Jax! :)


Lauren said...

my parents are retiring to St. Aug (Ponte Vedra) soon!!! They've been down there a few times to look at the development they are going to buy in (Nocatee ever heard of it?). I'm gonna show them these pictures and see if they can recognize any of it lol.

I'm glad you had fun!!

Olivia C. said...

Yes Nocatee! I drove around in there soooo much! It's such a pretty area! And Ponte Vedra is amazing! I'm jealous of your parents! Tell them to check out St. Johns Forest, too if they're interested... tons of houses for sale and rent! :) Small world!

Emily said...

Gorgeous pics.. I've never been there but I love seeing other parts of the world.. I'm stuck in Massachusetts until the end of Aug... quick vaca to a beach in New York but that's pretty much it until my cruise in February :-(

Kay said...

Super travel log! The water looks great too. Oh how I miss the beach! Glad you had a good time :D

Olivia C. said...

Emily- I hope you have fun on your cruise! :)

Kay- Thanks! :)

thenailaholic said...

Looks like you had an amazing time!

Olivia C. said...

thenailholic- I did! :)

Audrey L said...

Wow so cool to see a different part of the world through someone who lived there. Looks really nice and sunny! Glad you had fun whilst there, just unfortunate you couldn't stay for longer. Just makes trips there something to really look forward to!

Also have you put aloe vera on the burn? I always find that helps me:)

Olivia C. said...

Audrey L.- I can't wait for our next trip!
Yes I did use Aloe Vera. It's a blue gel with kind of menthol-y stuff. It helps a lot! :)