Monthly Archive: December, 2013

Juno Beach

The next day was sunny and warm and it seemed like a perfect day to spend lounging on the beach. Juno Beach was a delightful combination of soft white sand, warm aquamarine water,… Continue reading

Random Sights and Canaveral National Seashore

Continuing to make my south I stopped at Fort Matanzas National Monument but the ferry that transports visitors to the island where the fort is located was closed due to wind. The nature… Continue reading

St. Augustine Lighthouse

Built in 1874, The St. Augustine Lighthouse is the most recent iteration of the original lighthouse commissioned by the state of Florida in 1824, and continues a tradition of lighthouses and watchtowers in… Continue reading

Little Talbot Island State Park and Jacksonville Beach

I passed through Talbot Islands State Parks on my way south along A1A, having a late breakfast among the gnarled trees of a coastal hammock that abutted a white sandy beach that was… Continue reading

Fernandina Beach, Florida

Leaving Rhode Island I headed south along I-95 until I crossed into Florida where I randomly found my way to Fernandina Beach. My late afternoon arrival coincided with a heavy, pale cloud cover… Continue reading

Battery Point Lighthouse, Crescent City

Built in 1856, the Battery Point Lighthouse, also known as Crescent City Lighthouse, is an active lighthouse in Crescent City, California operating as a private navigational aid for vessels and is manned by… Continue reading

Redwoods, Part 4: Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

Located to the north of the national park, the Jedediah Smith State Park redwood forests have a similar feel to the coastal groves of Prairie Creek though these forests lay further inland and… Continue reading

Redwoods National Park, Part 3: Lady Bird Johnson Grove

The inland redwood forests on the hills are of a slightly different quality than the coastal groves. Less dense with less understory, these forests are naturally brighter, less humid, and have a less… Continue reading

Redwoods, Part 2: Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

The coastal groves of Prairie Creek are densely wooded, with thick layers of organic tuff on the forest floor and thick fog that hangs in the moist air. The woods here have a… Continue reading

Redwoods National and State Parks, Part 1: An Introduction

Once I reached the coast I continued making my way north along Highway 101, which alternately runs along the Pacific cliffs, past low-lying wetlands, and through the forested hills. Just driving along the… Continue reading