Roadside Shrines. A very sad local custom
Tallahassee has become a much larger city than she used to be. Traffic can be horrendous at times. People drive like maniacs, too. This means, sadly, that people have wrecks. They're injured and killed. There are too many fatalities on our roads in Tallahassee. PLEASE do not become one of them.
There have been so many senseless deaths on our roads, and we are reminded of them by roadside shrines. Grievning families often plant flowers, or erect a cross, etc. at a spot where a loved one was killed. And, you'll notice that they're kept up over the years... fresh flowers, hedges trimmed and such. It's heartbreaking to imagine these peoples' pain. There are several around the local high schools, where mere children have been killed as they sped to and from school. There is nothing sadder than to attend the funeral of a high school kid killed in a car wreck.
If you stop and look closely, you'll sometimes find text and information included in these roadside shrines, talking about the departed family member.
In short, please be careful. Slow down and live.
wakulla springs state park
located 20 miles south of tallahassee is wakulla springs state park. this beautiful spring and wildlife area is a great place to visit when in the tallahassee area. see my woodville florida pages about the numerious things to do in this area south of tallahassee.
Simple seafood. Cheap beer. Is CJ's heaven??
Calico Jack's is a Tallahassee institution, having been in business for darn near 20 years. Some folks simply call it C. J.'s. They feature well-prepared fresh local seafood. Oysters, shrimp, fresh fish.... it's all good. You can get it done in a variety of ways... fried, broiled, blackened. Again, all good... and pretty cheap, too.
Calico's is also kind of a sports bar, so it's a good place to get a pitcher of cold beer, a basket of shrimp, fries and maybe some hot chicken wings. Sit back and watch the game on the big screen TV sets.
And last but not least, the beer is COLD and reasonably priced at Calico's. Is it any wonder that it's so popular with the college crowd....especially the college crowd that's reached 21 years old. But, do not worry about the bar aspect of Calico's... it's family friendly, both in attitude and price. I love the hot fried shrimp, with a remoulade sauce for dipping.
People tell me that their raw oysters are good, but I don't dig raw oysters. I worked in a medical lab for 32 years, and I know what sort of microbial crap grows in raw oysters. Thank you, no. :^/
How about a pitcher of cold beer? Budweiser, Michelob.... ice cold and reasonably priced.
Good service, too. Friendly waiters and waitresses.
alfred maclay state park
located near I-10 in tallahassee is the beautiful maclay gardens state park. alfred maclay built a home and gardens on this site in 1923. the gardens have collections of azaleas, camellias, and dogwoods that are in bloom late march and early april each year. the park also offers swimming, fishing, and canoeing. a beautiful garden to visit especially in the spring when the azaleas are in bloom.
***** MY TALLAHASSEE PAGE*****
I made a students exchange for one month from my university TU - Dresden with FSU in Tallytown. I had a great time there, met a lot of nice people (not only students), made a lot of trips around this town and enjoyed the nice weather in march.
Now I will show you some places which you should go if you will be there.
But at first I will give you a short introduction about this town
"TALLAHASSEE " Talwa" "ahasee" the apalachee indian meaning for "Land of olf fields" or "old town".
In 1823, the first civilian governor, William Pope DUVal, desired a central location for the legislature to meet. He sent one explorer on horseback from St. Augustine and another one by boat from Pensacola - their rendezvous point was declared Florida´s capital. Nestled among the rolling foothills of the Appalachian mountains and located in a region of the Gulf of Mexico known as the Big Bend, the Capital Region is known for its Southern characteristics, gracious hospitality and lush topography.