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Big Talbot Island

Last weekend, Boyfriend and I were invited to a party on Big Talbot Island. My memories of BTI are fond — my grandparents used to take me, baby sister and best friend (who may as well have been my sister) camping there every year. It’s been years since those camping days, however, so I was excited to go back to BTI and rediscover all it has to offer.

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The party was hosted at a house owned by North Florida Land Trust, and boy was it a gorgeous location! The house sits on a 4-ish acre property nestled in the woods on the bank of the Mud River with the most beautiful, tranquil view from the dock. Seriously, it was amazing.

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After exploring the property and helping with some party prep, we took a quick five minute drive down to the Driftwood Boneyard beach. It’s a sight to see — oak and cedar trees on the dunes fall onto the beach as the dunes erode. The trees literally cover the beach (and make for some awesome pictures).

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We headed back to the house for an awesome party, where some of us had a little too much tequila (I’m not saying who!). Regardless of the hangovers, it was an awesome day, and we’ll certainly return soon for more exploring sometime. 

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St. Augustine

Unfortunately, it’s been far too long since I’ve had the opportunity to go on a photo adventure. I do apologize for my lack of interesting stories and pictures! This weekend, though, I had the pleasure of visiting St. Augustine on a beautiful (if not scorching hot) day!

Castillo de San Marcos reflection

St. Augustine Lighthouse

Random castle between St. Aug and Ponte Vedra

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“Hoppy” Easter!

While I no longer eagerly anticipate the arrival of the Easter Bunny, or wake up at the crack of dawn to hunt Easter eggs and check the contents of my Easter basket…I still love the holiday! We still dye Easter eggs, every year, even though we’re all “grown ups.” And yes, I ate Easter candy for breakfast — I’m still a 6 year old at heart!

Chicks dig me!

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The River City

I love Jacksonville. It’s a huge, beautiful city, with countless things to do. One of my favorites is the Riverside Arts Market. It’s right on the river, and it’s a total celebration of all things local — artists, musicians, produce, etc. And did I mention it’s right on the river? That’s another one of my favorite things about Jacksonville — no matter where you go, you’re never very far from the water.

Under the bridge

Large dog with tiny boy...precious

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The perks of appendicitis

To be honest, there aren’t many. In fact, I can only think of two. One, they take out your appendix, thus putting an end to the searing pain. And two, the people that love you bring gorgeous flowers to brighten up your dreary hospital room.

I know these things because, well, I had appendicitis about two weeks ago. Let me tell you, it’s not fun. I don’t recommend it. I don’t think there’s a way to prevent it, but if there is, I strongly suggest you take every precaution. Intense pain; many, many hours in the emergency room; hospital food — it’s just not an enjoyable experience.

Until you realize how many people love you and care about you and genuinely mean it when they say “get well soon.” That’s what got me through those 4 long days (which literally seemed like eternity) in the hospital. That, and these gorgeous flowers!

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Here comes the sun

Sorry I’ve been MIA in the blogging world — working full-time and being a student really doesn’t leave much time for fun stuff! But, I did manage to make it out to the beach this weekend for another gorgeous sunrise…

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An afternoon at the Cummer

Jacksonville is a great city. I often forget that or take it for granted, but there are seriously a ton of things to do! The river is gorgeous, there are plenty of museums and different events happen almost every weekend.

This weekend, I spent the afternoon on the Riverwalk and at The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. It was pretty chilly, but amazingly sunny and gorgeous. And even though a few of the exhibits at the museum were closed, the gardens were stunning and the view of downtown Jacksonville never ceases to amaze.

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