Monday, January 14, 2008

Jacksonville, FL - Big Talbot

This is a place - You can walk down that beach for a good mile - Covered in driftwood, giant toppled trees, lava rocks with tide pools. Big Talbot Island State Park is like a dream - beautiful. Shot there yesterday - half way down the beach, Don and I were approached by a park ranger who said 'You must stop shooting - the law - illegal - blah blah blah.' So we packed up all our stuff and pretended that we were finished with the shoot..... and then, of course, the ranger left and we kept on going .... : ) I love that recklessness.... because you know that the photos are to-die-for..... The drive out there was totally beautiful, I stopped and talked to some fishermen for awhile on the way home, so many stories.... such a great drive.....

Mom was going to send me my tent, but she forgot to get it out early enough... so instead of camping, I need a Plan B for Key West... Anyone know of some cheap, fun place to stay while I am down there? I don't want to do Motel 6 in Key West (just shoot me now!)

While in Jacksonville I am staying with my aunt, who is part of this Notorious Biker Club called The Outlaws - I guess the club originated in Chicago, and has spread all over the world - starting with France and continuing throughout Europe. She used to mention that she was in 'a biker gang', I used to be like, "Yea... whatever. There are a bunch of people in FL who ride bikes...." But seriously, last night she invited me to tag along with her - and let me tell you, it's not like a biker gang, it is a biker gang. Crazy individuals there that you would never in your life want to cross..... I had a really good time, they have a full bar in their club house, with surveillance cameras and everything - Not people you want to cross, though.... fo sho....

8 comments:

Kev said...

'Cheap' in Key West is about $150 a night. Unfortunately, winter is the height of the tourist season and the locals know it. There was a youth hostel open the last time I was there (2002), that might be the least expensive, but even the budget chains usually charge well over $100.

If you can stay on one of the smaller Keys, there are some cheaper alternatives. I've stayed at a place on Little Torch that wasn't too bad pricewise and the great thing staying anywhere on the Keys is the sunsets look great no matter where you are.

Anonymous said...

If you don't eat a meal at Clark's Fish Camp in Jax while you're there, you're missing out on some good food at a good neighborhood joint.

Tucson or Bust said...

There's also a decent, reasonably priced motel on Marathon Key, across from a restaurant called The Quay - I don't remember what the motel is called, I'm afraid, but it's fine and good for the price. It's just a good half hour drive to Key West from there.

If you had a tent, I'd suggest the Jolly Roger on Grassy Key, and spring the extra few bucks for a campsite on the "tiki island" - but without a tent that's not very helpful.

London Andrews said...

Clarks Fish Camp is delicious - I've eaten there a couple times, not on this particular trip, though.... which reminds me, perhaps I'll take the trip there tomorrow... : )

Hey Kev and Photographer who is fun to talk to.... thanks for the help with other ideas. I might try to see if I can get the tent sent to Miami (I will be there for a few days before the Keys, I don't know if they will be able to get it out in three days, but we'll see)..... I SOSOSOSOSO wanted to camp.

But if that doesn't happen, it's good to have a few other leads on places to stay, so appreciate you taking the time to put in some suggestions.... I guess if the Keys are too expensive, I'll just have to settle some place else......

I'll make the best of it..... : )

the Photographer said...

I'd go back and ask the ranger EXACTLY what is illegal about taking pictures? Were you in a restricted area or does he have a tidal pool backed up in his shorts?

London Andrews said...

Well... I was naked. In a state park. On land that belongs to the state, which is run by rangers... who do not like naked people (even me... ha)

Oh well, you win one - lose one (we still got the photos... haha... and it looks like I am shooting with the photographer in Jacksonville again in Feb!)

Anonymous said...

If it's the week of Feb. 26, I can buy you dinner at Clark's.

London Andrews said...

I will be back in Jax Feb 1st-5th... : ( Always appreciate company, eating alone is crappy - looks like I miss you by a few weeks though