Sunday, June 29, 2014

Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach - July 21 - 28th

Felt lucky to be chosen to pet sit for two super kids "Sophie" and "Bella".  They were both funny and very sweet.  The homeowners had a lovely home.  It was unusual that we did not get to meet them before they left but it is interesting what you can tell about people from their home.  I know this is one nice family.

Amelia Island is very interesting and has lots of the oldest - lighthouse, bar, etc.  The island has flown 8 different flags since it was discovered.  A wonderful place to take a little vacation.

We took a 2 hour boat tour that was amazing and fun with excellent and informative guides.  We went to their museum and learned so much about the history.  Our tour guide, a retired teacher, was excellent and you could tell she loved the island -- she made it come alive.  We ate out a few lunches and enjoyed the beach on several days, looked for shells and shark teeth.  Pretty neat island.  Cute downtown area with fun shops.  A wonderful preserved historical area with many lovely homes.  I had fun taking photographs.  We enjoyed our week.  I will miss the kids who were so good and fun to play with.

Sophie, a Maine Coon cat
She was funny and affectionate

I was looking for Bella and she
was asleep in my suitcase.

Shrimp boat, once the life blood of
the island

Marina


Fun shops on their main street


Our pet sit house

Sat and read on porch
but not for long - hot, humid

Fort Clinch

Cumberland Island
wild horses

Horses

Pulp mill - all eco and EPA monitored
Main employer on island 1,000 jobs

Harbor loading

Couple celebrating their 60th
wedding anniversary

Umbrella of live oaks

Nap time with Sophie

Old time turpentine extraction
method

Cute sign

Great museum, we learned so much

Historic district





Never have seen a fence like this

Wonderful historic district

Beautiful homes

I love this mansion





Bunny tea party

Episcopalian Church
Gothic Revival

Lovely clouds


This little artist made the cutest
turtle with sand and shells

Turtle nest - we saw two of them


Lighthouse, 1838
Florida's oldest lighthouse

Now after 6 weeks on the road, one week home, and a week here I think we need to get home and stay there for awhile.  We are expecting friends throughout the summer so it will be fun to show them around our paradise.