Marineland Adventures!

 

Dolphin at MarinelandMarineland was founded as “Marine Studios” in June of 1938 with over 30,000 guests showing up on the first day! Known as the “World’s First Oceanarium”, the original vision was to duplicate the variety of marine life as it exists in nature for the purpose of filming scenes for motion pictures and newsreels to meet Hollywood’s growing demand for underwater footage. Marineland was used to shoot all or some of the scenes in many films and televisions shows. Some of the most famous were “Creature from the Black Lagoon”, “Sea Hunt”, and “Benji Takes a Dive at Marineland”! Did you know that Benji was the first dog in history to scuba dive? Filming started in 1939 and continued through 2001. For more information on the history of movies at Marineland see: Marineland.net
In 2004, after a series of hurricanes struck the northeast coast of Florida, most of the original, older structures were retired and an updated facility was built. In 2006, Marineland opened it’s 1.3 million gallon facility known as the Dolphin Conservation Center. This facility was thoughtfully designed paying attention to the behavioral needs of the animals while accommodating the viewing capabilities of the scientists, the logistical needs of the trainers, and the educational and entertainment needs of the guests.

Ryan and me with dolphin
Ryan and me with dolphin
Kristyn at Marineland
Kristyn during dolphin encounter

Sitting on ocean-side property 18 miles south of St. Augustine, Marineland offers guests a variety of interactive and in-water programs that allows participants to make physical and emotional connections while learning all about the Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. The staff’s focus is on education. When I took my son and daughter for the full-immersion experience, I learned more about these incredible animals than I had ever known before. The care that they are given is impressive. The oldest dolphin to ever live in human care in the world lived here. Her name was Nellie, and she lived to be 60 years old, the equivalent to 120 years in human life. The average life span of an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin in the wild is 40-45 years for males and more than 50 years for females. I was very impressed with the trainers, the facility, and the efforts being made to education the public in order to spread conservation efforts to help preserve the environment! For more information about Marineland, visit: Marineland.net and Wikipedia.

The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM Research Reserve), in partnership with Marineland Dolphin Adventure, invites the public to a free lecture on the third Tuesday of each month at Marineland Dolphin Adventure to help educate the public about the natural world and its inhabitants.

Ryan Kissing Dolphin

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Sunset Cruise Aboard the Schooner Freedom

Sunset Cruise Aboard the Schooner Freedom
Sunset Cruise Aboard the Schooner Freedom

A perfect Birthday gift from my lovely wife and partner Paula Fallon. We had all family hands on deck for a magnificent sunset cruise aboard The Schooner Freedom moored here in St. Augustine. We enjoyed a unique opportunity to sail the waters of St Augustine inlet from the Mantanzas River to north past Vilano up into the Tolomato River aboard a Class B tall ship. An authentic replica of a 19th-century blockade runner, Freedom is a double-mast, gaff-rigged, topsail schooner was built by naval architect Merritt Walters in 1982 in Norfolk, Virginia. The Freedom was the first sailing tour boat that was certified by the Coast Guard to carry passengers for hire.
Freedom was custom-built for use along the Intracoastal Waterway, with a focus on water depth and bridge height to make her perfect for both inland and offshore sailing. Classified as a Class B tall ship with a sparred length of 76 feet, a deck length of 64 feet, and a capacity of 41 passengers, the Schooner Freedom is regularly inspected under the Coast Guard sub-chapter “T” for safety and always sails with one master and two crew members.
A variety of wildlife can be seen on almost every sail — everything from gulls, pelicans, and even bald eagles to sea turtles and rays and, of course, to dolphins surfacing nearby. Guests are advised to bring along a jacket or sweatshirt, comfortable shoes, a camera and/or binoculars, sunscreen, and some snacks.
Set sail and schedule your trip today!

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“When I am writing, I am trying to find out who I am.”

Maya Angelou has had a profound impact on my life – a woman I respect and admire! I will carry her with me always! RIP

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Maya Angelou by Spanglej, CC BY-SA 2.0.Maya Angelou by Spanglej, CC BY-SA 2.0.

Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.

Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall love with the music of Coltrane, the music of Aretha Franklin, or the music of Chopin — find some beautiful art and admire it, and realize that it was created by human beings just like you, no more human, no less.

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.

When I am writing, I am trying to find out who I am, who we are, what we’re capable of, how…

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4 Steps to a Tidier Kitchen

4 Steps to a Tidier Kitchen

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, FL, May 29, 2014—Whether you’re cleaning your home in anticipation of selling, or just looking to live in a streamlined space, a well-organized kitchen can be the pinnacle of a fully functioning home, appealing to potential buyers and everyone living inside. If you’re looking to make better use of your kitchen—arguably the most-used room in most homes– read the following tips, provided by Paula Fallon, Real Estate Professional of BerkshireHathawayHSFNR.

Create a master plan – What is your dream plan for your kitchen? “Figure out exactly what your ideal kitchen would look like,” says Fallon. Is it cleaner? Tidier? Refinished? Are you looking to create an inviting home-style atmosphere or a gleaming space right out of a magazine? Knowing just what you’re going for will make it more achievable overall. Set goals – Create a six-month plan. “If your master plan was to have more organized counter space, then try setting a goal to declutter and maintain tidiness for the next six months,” says Fallon. Do you want to make sure your kitchen is as clean as can be? Delegate tasks to certain days (i.e., mop the floors on Mondays) to make your cleaning goals more attainable.

Break your plan down into tasks – Part of being well organized is setting time aside to actually do the organizing. If it helps, try marking tasks on your calendar. Is it time to dig through the junk drawer or find new homes for your miscellaneous pots and pans? “Every person has a different style of organizing that works for them,” explains Fallon Some people tidy up every day, while others dedicate one day a month to power through it all. “Be realistic about what will work for you, so you will be more likely to stick to your plan of attack,” says Fallon. Whether you spend every Sunday sifting through the stack of mail that has collected on the counter or an hour a week tidying up drawers and cupboards, figuring out when and how much time you need to dedicate to kitchen maintenance can help.

Also consider whether you will take these tasks on yourself or delegate to family members. Keep a monthly check up. At the end of every month, inventory your progress on your clean kitchen goal. This will help keep you on track, and your kitchen spotless. For more real estate information, please contact Paula Fallon at 904-687-6177