Traveling Florida’s shoreline, particularly in northeast Florida along the Atlantic Ocean from St. Augustine to Daytona Beach Shores, is a relaxing ride.
Visit Florida has excellent information on Florida’s scenic highways at https://VisitFlorida.com. “One of the most historic, relaxing, and beautiful parts of Florida can be found along the A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway on the northeast coast of the Sunshine State. This National Scenic Byway is made up of three individual state scenic highways; Scenic and Historic A1A, A1A River and Sea Trail, and A1A Ocean Shore.”
A1A is a parallel highway to Interstate 95 and U.S. 1, for the most part. Driving this scenic route is a nice opportunity to take in some of the fresh beach air and also not worry about traffic, of course depending on when you go. You’ll encounter a significant increase in traffic as you get closer to Daytona Beach as that is a very popular place during major race events and summer beach activities.
While some ocean views are blocked by sand berms and condominiums there remain excellent views at periodic intervals.
Here are some of the sites along the way.
There are interesting pieces of street art on the restaurant walls along this corridor. A person sure gets the beach and inviting feeling while traveling through the area.
Once you leave Flagler Beach you will still see a few restaurants but mostly nice, peaceful scenery. I’ll save a few more photos for another post about the Daytona Beach area.
First attempt at Cee’s Photo Challenge – Flower of the Day. Is this an Iris? I’m not very knowledgeable about the types of flowers so I’m half-guessing. This is the closest we have even though I don’t see a bud in it. Thanks! (Photo taken at Washington Oaks Garden State Park, ocean side)
Mothers deserve being honored every day of the year. It’s certainly befitting to at least recognize them one day of the year though.
Mothers Day 2018 in the U.S.A. is May 13. I want to highlight this post with paintings from Bernice Gray, my mother-in-law. She loved painting and decorating, although she had little formal training. What you see is from the heart.
I often reflect on the love and guidance of my mother and mother-in-law, as well as my oldest sister. They are now enjoying the fruits of their belief and love in the presence of God. But they are not gone! They carry on through the love and life they provided to our family and all who knew them.
“Heaven’s Gates” representation by Matt Tittle – honoring Mother Audrey Tittle and Sister Shirley Vail (who preceded Mom)
I am truly blessed by these precious women who have passed from our physical presence, but yet remain. Each one has left a lasting legacy of love through there countless children and grandchildren.
I am truly blessed by my wife who taught our children exceeding love and guided them through all walks of life – showing God’s Love.
There were many times I was away on military assignment. She kept the home fires burning and carried on, without complaint. Our children now have children of their own and we remain blessed and thankful to see our grandchildren being loved and taught by their mothers.
You see! Love births love and is passed on. These dear mothers are called “blessed.”
We all have a mother. Not had – but have. I believe once a mother, always a mother. Some things never change, no matter where one lives; only how we recognize them.
“Now, in 2018, it is used for children and adults alike to give presents to their hardworking mums – often cards with chocolates and flowers. Mother’s Day was originally a day for Christians to visit their ‘mother’ church back home during the holy month of Lent. Workers would be given the day off to return home and worship with their loved ones and have family reunion. It is thought that the return to the ‘mother’ church led to the tradition of young domestic servants and apprentices being given the day off to visit their mother and family.”
Mothers Day in Mexico is May 10. “The first official Mothers’ Day celebration in Mexico was held on May 10, 1922. The celebration soon took on religious undertones, with images of the Madonna and Child being displayed on Mother’s Day. The day has gained widespread popularity over the years. It is also celebrated in other countries worldwide.” (Google.com)
We all celebrate special occasions in various ways but let’s make sure Mother is shown love and appreciation. I propose every day, not just one day. Mother is Love!
In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded the U.S. 81st Congress to proclaim National Teachers’ Day. Congress declared March 7, 1980, as National Teacher Day. The National Education Association (NEA) continued to observe Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985 when the National PTA (Parent-Teacher Association) established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May. The NEA Representative Assembly then voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Day.
Apparently this is just an emphasis in the U.S.A. this week. Do other countries have similar appreciation events?
Also, if you’ll notice on the National Day Calendar website there are other emphases this week as well, such as: National Have A Coke Day, National Coconut Cream Pie Day and National Student Nurse Day. Maybe we can thank a teacher by giving him or her a coconut cream pie slice along with a coke. We can also consult a student nurse whether this is a good combination.
I’ll choose to express appreciation to all the teachers around the world, as we conclude the National Teacher Appreciation Week, for their call-to-duty to teach and instruct our youth AND adults. I think back over the years of the teachers who helped guide me and I am thankful. Most provided due diligence and showed how they care. I just wish I had been more attentive though.
I also want to recognize our homeschool teachers. They don’t receive sufficient credit for the excellent, dedicated work they do. No doubt it is a tough assignment trying to keep our youth on track with the various distractions around – and trying to balance getting all the things needing to get done at home while trying to teach and instruct at the same time. Plus, what kind of salary do they receive, or assistance to buy materials?
How did I miss the Home School Appreciation Day on April 27 or week (24-27)? Maybe there wasn’t enough promotion on the news, even though the homeschoolers are in the minority. But! They are important too. http://homeschoolteacherappreciationday.com/
Here are two links for homeschool Moms that express some of the activities and concerns of these mothers/teachers.
We should not stop recognizing teachers when the week’s emphasis is over on May 11. Let’s make this an occurrence throughout the year.
I applaud each teacher who has dedicated his or her life to serve others – whether in the public, private or home sector. I just wish governments and communities would recognize your value and provide the pay commensurate with your responsibilities. To me – I think your responsibilities are in the top category of professions and you should be paid accordingly. Let’s ensure quality teachers receive quality salaries and appreciation. The direction of our society depends on it.
We all travel, don’t we? How alert are we when moving about?
Do we check local traffic laws when we travel? I have traveled to many countries and one of the main concerns I had in traveling the local roads was making sure I didn’t hit a bicyclist or pedestrian.
I’ve heard of some troublesome situations for motorists traveling from another country. Plus, imagine the ongoing guilt feeling even if we are in the right.
But it’s not only while traveling abroad. The challenge is even in our home towns.
May is bicycle safety month in Florida so I thought I would provide an emphasis on this subject.
In Florida, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) works diligently to help ensure our vulnerable road users (like bicyclists and those walking) are protected. There are ongoing campaigns to emphasize road safety.
I’ll use some of their information to highlight this month’s emphasis on bike safety.
This is important for those who live in Florida as well as the U.S.A. It’s equally important for those visiting from other countries to understand the traffic rules to help protect ourselves, resulting in a pleasant experience.
I also think it is important to understand when we travel to and through tourist destinations there are many just like us mixing with the locals on the roads. Some know where they are going and some do not. We MUST recognize this diversity on the roads for a safer travel experience.
Many times when we travel through construction zones our GPS or electronic devices may not be dependable, whether on the major highways or local roads. This creates an additional distraction causing us to not be as vigilant for other vehicles, bicyclists or pedestrians. I suggest we review a map of the area before traveling so we will know if the GPS is accurate or not; and have an alternate route planned to help ease the confusion.
During my last trip to Europe I was once again reminded to be extra careful and alert for bicyclists. I believe when we travel to other countries we realize the importance of being watchful because of uncertainty on the roadways; however, I’m confident we are not as observant around our familiar roadways at home.
My personal opinion is there are more bicyclists in Europe than in the U.S. – for varying reasons – and local drivers are more accustomed to them, along with a better attitude toward cyclists. Maybe most U.S. drivers prefer using motorized vehicles and aren’t as tolerant for bicyclists.
So, what are we to do?
It’s spring now and there is an increase of bicyclists as the trend builds throughout the summer. Be alert cyclists not following the rules. They often don’t ride in the same direction as traffic when riding on the road. You are required to ride WITH the traffic, not against it. You may use the sidewalk in most areas provided you give an audible warning to a pedestrian when approaching him or her.
Although Florida Statutes allow riding on the sidewalk, there are some local municipalities that have more stringent requirements. For instance, in St. Augustine, particularly around the downtown area, bicyclists are not supposed to ride on sidewalks. This is likely true in many congested areas where a lot of people are walking around.
It’s up to law enforcement to determine respective violations and cite them, or not. In Jacksonville, you may be fined if you ride a bicycle on the sidewalk in an unsafe manner or if there is a bike lane in the road and you choose to not use it. However, I’m sure most law enforcement officers prefer to not write these citations.
• There were 818 pedalcyclist (bicyclist) deaths in 2015, which accounted for 2.3 percent of all traffic fatalities during the year.
• Seventy percent of pedalcyclists who died in motor vehicle crashes in 2015 died in crashes in urban areas.
• Over the 10-year period from 2006 to 2015, the average age of pedalcyclists killed in motor vehicle crashes increased from 41 to 45.
• The pedalcyclist fatality rate per million people was almost 6 times higer for males than females in 2015.
• Alcohol involvement – either for the motor vehicle operator or for the pedalcyclist – was reported in 37 percent of all fatal pedalcyclist crashes in 2015.
• More than 27 percent of the pedalcyclists who died in 2015 had blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) of .01 g/dL or greater.
There are numerous bicycle education and training courses as well as events in Florida. I’m curious if other states and countries have a robust plan to help the most vulnerable travelers. When do other states and countries begin reinforcing safe habits to bicyclists – as a child, youth or adult?
FDOT works through various local, state and national partners to survey and conduct research as well as safety campaigns to reinforce road safety.
One of FDOT’s Alert Today Florida campaigns involves reinforcing bike safety as children ride to school. I applaud the National Football League Jacksonville Jaguars in teaming each year with FDOT’s Alert Today Florida emphasis. I was part of this emphasis in 2017. Mark Brunell, former Jaguars quarterback, and Donovin Darius, former Jaguars defensive safety, along with The ROAR cheerleaders and the Jaguars Mascot Jaxson de Ville, were key celebrities to highlight safe biking to school.
Since May is the emphasis month this year for bicycling, there was a first-ever Bicycle Safety 365 Challenge at select schools. The Bicycle Safety 365 Challenge in Jacksonville was a four-week pilot program that provides in-class bicycle safety lessons to all sixth grade students at Fletcher, Kernan and Mayport Middle Schools.
Each week, a different bicycle safety lesson was taught in class with teachers hosting safety activities for exciting learning opportunities. Schools had the opportunity to earn points during the week. The school with the most points by the end of the fourth week wins a “Bike to School Day” event with the Jacksonville Jaguars!
For their participation, each school was awarded new Alert Today Florida bicycle racks as a way of encouraging active transportation to schools, students, and families. You can click on this link to see which school won the competition and will have a Bike-to-School Day event with the Jacksonville Jaguars on May 9. https://www.alerttodayflorida.com/jaguarsafety.html
I challenge cities, states and countries to examine how we emphasize and reinforce travel safety wherever we go – at home and abroad. There must be a major emphasis worldwide to help save lives of our most vulnerable roadway users.
First, I want to say THANK YOU for being a friend and partner as I finally reached 100 followers. It seems like a long time getting there. I think to receive friendship one must be a friend and I appreciate each of you around the world. It shows we can be friends no matter where we call home, and even with different views of life.
I have been trying to post a blog for the past few days about some recent short trips but haven’t taken sufficient quiet time to gather my thoughts and photos.
So, I’ll post some sunrise photos in the interim and pose this question. What is unique about each sunrise – or – are they all the same?
(Unless otherwise noted photos by Ronlin Photography)