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Monday, July 6, 2009

Happy Cactus Monday from Fernandino Beach, Florida!

Well, I am barely slipping my Cactus Monday post in under the wire as it is now 9:45pm on Monday! We are tucked into our hotel, and I have uploaded my photos from today. Oops...the bear snuck back into the car with us again while we were not looking.

My husband has a "thing" for checking out prisons...especially big state ones, like Florida State Prison at Raiford. Weird, I know, but true...so we saw the buildings surrounded by rolls of razor wire at the top, and then we were on our way again...

McClure's Hill was on Amelia Island, and I thought the marker story was very interesting...if you click on the picture you can read it easier!


a cool looking Prickly Pear next to a fence that had the top rail of it (a chain link fence) covered with sea shells!!! These homes were beach homes on Fernandino Beach. I thought this cactus, which my husband spotted, BTW, was neat looking because it was covered with the white areas where the flowers had fallen off, and now the fruits are developing! They were arranged in a pretty pattern, I thought!

How do you like this house we discovered there that was shaped like a boat??? Pretty cute! It was literally right across the street in a subdivision, from the intracoastal waterway! What a great view from your "boat-house"!!!

I had to take a picture of this staicase up to an art gallery in downtown Fernandina...for all you artists out there!!! Sadly we did not have time to walk up! I would have had time, too, if I would have been by myself ya know!!! Hmph!!!

Happy Cactus Monday to all!!!

14 comments:

messyfish said...

HCM Julie! Your trip looks exciting...

Claude said...

I can't say anything about somebody checking out prisons... I have a hard time passing up graveyards.

Looks like you're enjoying your trip...

Cristin said...

how fun! great staircase.

xo,
cristin

mrbrownthumb said...

The boathouse is so cool. I've always wanted to take a tour of the U.S and visit all these weird shaped homes and tourist traps from the days of automobile travel.

Thanks for sharing the pic of your travel.

marianne said...

HCM!
Great prickly pear!
Love the stairs and it sure looks appealing to go up, I know together with a husband it is difficult to shopor visit galleries............
Love your pictures, you have an eye for fun things!
Enjoy yourself!!!

Judy Butler said...

Julie,
I am just now looking at your blog. What fun. I love the way you write about your experiences. I enjoyed your description of your trip and the things you chose to describe. I especially like the staircase that you could have climbed...if only. My husband and I travel a lot together and it is always a balancing project trying to be considerate of each other's interests. Judy

Lisa at Greenbow said...

HCM Julie. It looks like you are having a great time. Your hubby spotted a good cactus. It is unusual to see (for me) how the fruit develops. I can't wait to see what else the bear, I mean you, sees while on vacation.

Diane C. said...

Hi Julie, I love how the cactus spills over the fence with the sea shells. The boat-house and gallery stairs are fascinating and the prison sign is interesting too. Looks like a fun trip!

Outside In said...

Happy late CM Julie! boy you sure seemed to be having loads of fun, I like your blog design it's very nice!

Teri C said...

The pattern on the fence and the cactus is amazing. Love that 'boat' house and the stairs are so neat. Yes, I would have walked them also but since he didn't make you walk by the prison, it all worked out fine.

You are seeing such interesting things Julie.

Happy (belated) Cactus Monday. Belated tells you the kind of week I am having.

walk2write said...

Julie, I know what you mean about the Hubby in the art gallery dilemma. I think it has to do with the possibility of spending money. They just don't understand how someone can enjoy looking without buying. Your trip looks like a lot of fun so far. Have a great time!

Brent said...

Prisons are pretty cool actually. One time I took a tour of the PBC Jail; it was neat.

Dad would probably love to come out here and see the military prison in Mannheim!

What does HCM mean?

Julie said...

Brent- HCM= Happy Cactus Monday! A group of us from around the world post something related to cactus...art work or photos, etc. on Mondays!!!

Serena said...

what a fun and interesting trip you have had. i LOVE those stairs! cool 'boat' house!