Show some love - don't mess with sea turtle nests!
When visiting the beach you may notice from time to time that a tiny area up near one of the dunes -- maybe two square feet in size -- has been marked off by four short stakes wrapped with neon orange tape. This marker designates a sea turtle nest site. Sea turtles come ashore at night to lay their eggs in a small pit that the mother digs in the sand. During nesting season, special patrols on four wheelers scan the beach shortly after sunrise in search of new nesting sites. If they find one (usually indicated by turtle tracks or a burrow imprint), the sea turtle patrol marks off the nest so that beachgoers don't accidently step on it. Generally, these nests are made pretty far up on the beach and out of the way of people at play anyway, so they don't ever cause a problem. Nevertheless, tiny sea turtle hatchlings have a hard enough time surviving their march back to sea, so the least we can do is keep an eye out so the little guys at least have a chance.
A quaint, scenic and luxurious island retreat
A heavily wooded barrier island boasting broad beaches of white quartz sand, Amelia Island is a quaint blend of the very old, the very exclusive and the very natural. This northernmost island in all of Florida is often grouped with Jacksonville's beaches due to its close proximity. About a 45 minute drive north of Downtown Jacksonville, the historic pirate town of Fernandina Beach occupies the northern third of the island. Birthplace of the modern shrimping industry, much of the town’s red brick architecture along Centre Street reflects the 1800s and early 1900s. Today, a number of interesting shops and restaurants add to the street's allure. Bed & Breakfasts are also plentiful in Fernandina Beach, occupying grand Victorian homes in the Historic District and a variety of cottages along the beach. Fort Clinch in Fernandina Beach is a large, well preserved, red brick Civil War fort surrounded by beaches and nature trails. It sits at the very northernmost tip of Amelia Island, looking across the wide harbor that marks the state line.
South of Fernandina much of the island's mid-section is an exclusive playground of the rich lined with posh oceanfront resorts, high rise condos and well respected golf courses. Here, posh Summer Beach is home to the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, one of the world's top rated hotels and a favorite retreat for visiting celebrities. Concours de Elegance, the largest antique, rare and celebrity-owned car show in the Eastern U.S., draws the rich and famous to the Ritz Carlton every year. Meanwhile, the Bausch & Lomb Championships attract some of the biggest names in women's tennis to Amelia Island Plantation, a large resort area that first put modern day Amelia Island on the radar screens of wealthy travelers. Amelia Island State Park, at the southernmost tip of the island facing Big Talbot and the ocean, stands out as one of the few places in Florida where visitors can ride horseback along the seashore thanks to the Kelly Seahorse Ranch.
Dixie Crossroads Recipes
Dixie Crossroads Recipes Corn Fritter Mix Recipe
Mix: 2lbs (7cups) Water: 10oz (1.3cups) Corn: 11oz (2cups)
Preheat Fryer to 350F Place water in mixing bowl - add drained whole kernel corn - add corn fritter mix. Mix by hand with wire whip (whisk) for one minute. Drop by spoon or 1oz scoop into hot oil - fry until golden brown. Drain and serve hot - sprinkle with powdered sugar.
2quarts water - 2cups diced potato - 2tbls powdered chicken stock - 1cup chopped celery - 1/2cup chopped onions - 1lb rock shrimp (peeled and veined) - 3oz cornstarch - pepper to season
Fill Pot with 2quarts water and bring to boil - add chicken stock, celery, onions and potatoes. Cook until vegetables are tender - add shrimp and bring to boil again. Thicken soup with cornstarch - season with pepper.
Corn Fritters (from scratch)
2cups flour - 2eggs-beaten - 1tbl baking powder - 1cup milk - 1/2tsp salt - 4tbls melted butter - 4tbls sugar - 1cup wholecorn-drained
Heat oil to around 350F - sift flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Combine eggs, milk and butter. Fold eggmix into dry ingredients - add corn last. Drop by tablespoon into hot oil - fry until golden brown - drain and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
1gallon water - 4oz chopped onions - 3oz powdered chicken stock - 2 14oz cans mixed vegetables - 2cups cooked rice - 2 14oz cans diced tomatoes - 2tbls worcestshire sauce
Place onion into water and bring to boil - add chicken stock - add all the cans of vegetables/tomatoes - add rice and worcestershire sauce - bring everything to boil then turn heat off. Serve.
1475 Garden Street
Titusville, Florida 32796
Jacksonville's beachy shopping and nightlife spot
The setting of John Grisham's novel, The Bretheren, Jacksonville's Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach communities share a lively, beautifully landscaped Town Center full of funky, trendy and casual restaurants, coffeehouses, boutiques, gift shops, galleries and nightspots. Hip and happening yet quaint and homey, Town Center is a pedestrian friendly environment covering several blocks where everyone from yuppies and executives to families and surfers all have favorite hang outs in a picture-perfect, quintessential beach town environment just steps from the sand.
Two oceanfront hotels, the 8-story Sea Turtle Inn and the 2-story Sea Horse Inn anchor the beach side of Town Center. Both hotels are ideal places to plan your vacation around, as all the amenities of Town Center and the beach are easily walkable. Plus, Town Center is a bike ride away from the noteworthy dining, nightlife and special events of Jacksonville Beach and within a 15-30 minute drive of Adventure Landing water park, Mayport Ferry, the Talbot Islands Geoparks, Fort Caroline, shopping malls, movie megaplexes, golf courses, and the museums and attractions of Jacksonville's downtown riverfront.
Jacksonville, coldest places in FLA winter 2002
We've drove by Jacksonville summer of 2002, it was raining then. In the winter of 2002 it was the coldest place in Florida at that time...
Just about 15 degrees celcius in the evening and just above 20 degrees at daytime...
But considering that the rest of the us was struggling with king winter we had nothing to complain...and also a beautiful sunrise on our way to Orlando..
We wouldn't have landed here normaly but to get a free flight for only 50.000 miles from united it seemed the only place to start our vacation.