Thursday, April 24, 2014

Walking in the Rain- Tillie Fowler Regional Park

We took the little guy to the park even though we were pretty sure it was going to rain...Are we bad grandparents? 

I don't think so. A little rain never hurt anyone...and he had fun...

Tillie Fowler Regional Park is located on US 17 across the street from the main gate to Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida.

Most of the trail is cover with a nice boardwalk. Good thing because there was a lot of standing water. 

This is the Tower Trail that takes you to a 3 story wooden tower that looks out over the woods toward the river. 

As you walk along the boardwalk you can see brick roads that crisscross under the trail. 

This area was once used by the Department of War and the brick roads were used for movement of men and animals. 

Don't be afraid to get your feet wet, lace up and walk in the rain!

Self Guided Walking Tour of Monticello, Florida

Heading home after a visit with our son and his family we took a side trip to visit the town of Monticello. I've seen the sign for this historic town many times but we've never taken the time to visit. I was happy that we did take the time on this trip.

At the Chamber of Commerce we found a brochure for a tour that could be made on foot or in the car. Of course we took the foot route.  I forgot to take a water bottle that I could carry with me but I thought we'd find a place to stop for a cool drink if needed. Wrong! Nothing is open in this quaint little town on Sunday afternoon. Fortunately most of the walk was in the shade so we didn't suffer too badly.

We stopped by the Chamber on Commerce 420 W. Washington Street to pick up a map of the walking tour.
The Chamber of Commerce is located in a cute little converted church. Even though it was closed on Sunday the maps are located in a stand at the front door. 

Monticello Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce

Monticello Opera House was built in 1890 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. 

The walking tour took us by several churches. This is the most interesting one (in my opinion:-)
Christ Episcopal Church located on High Street was built in 1885. 

Interesting details on this building. Lots of intricate woodwork and beautiful stain glass windows. The woodwork sets it apart from other Episcopal Churches built around this time. 

Anytime a walk includes a cemetery I'm happy. Weird but true...

City Cemetery 


There are many early settlers of this area laid to rest here as well as Union and Confederate Soldiers.

Next time we see an interesting sign we won't wait so long to check it out! 

Get off the main road lace up and start walking!