Yesterday being the Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday holiday and a mild and sunny day I was in no mood for inside fun (that would be television, Wii, and texting of friends). I wanted to get out of here and go somewhere else. While I am a big fan of technology, I’m also fervent about playing outdoors and with an Atlantic coastline and intracoastal waterways in our literal backyards… I was “heading for the hills” (so to speak, as there are no hills in Florida).
Oh, the groans I heard; the vision of a long and boring car ride of sightseeing; their countenances drooped so I bribed them with the lure of bringing a friend along which is how I wound up with five children in the car, and my countenance a whole lot brighter for being outside and going to a place I knew we’d all enjoy.
A mere 18 miles from our house and a short jaunt over the Mayport Ferry, it was Big Talbot Island’s “trees beach” I was aiming for. I’ve heard it called Boneyard Beach too and the following video will illustrate how it got its name.
Okay, the video’s a bit long, but I wanted to give you a good peek at this lovely and haunting coastline. We discovered it by accident last year, during another of my boring, let’s go exploring car rides. But this beach always evokes fun as it’s interesting for everyone: adults and kids and probably even dogs, if I had one, which I don’t. I’ll stop writing now because the video will inform you about the place far better than I can write about it.
The video could benefit from a minute’s worth of editing, which I’ll learn in due course, but if you like an interesting landscape, this one’s for the picture books.
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Jeannie Greenwald is a blogger, neighborhoods / 'go local' evangelist, hobbyist photographer, and degreed psychologist.