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These are the photos Randy Batista took out on Kanapaha prairie yesterday.  One or two of these will be used for printing – for newspaper articles and promotional photos.

We would love your opinion.  If you have the time, please let us know which one you think we should use. We will publish the results at the end of the week.

We had such a blast working with Randy.  He’s sweet, funny and has a big heart.   Randy has a gallery in downtown Gainesville and you can check out his photos online at http://randybatistaphotography.com

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We played in Jacksonville at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church with our good friend Kathleen Olive on February 7th for the contemporary service.  Afterwards Kathleen prepared a amazing dinner for us and we thoroughly enjoyed a chance to reconnect with Kathleen and Joseph. 
Some of you may remember the story of our adventure to Naples to see Kathleen and “Jo Jo” two years ago.  We were on our way to their home for dinner and stopped to pick up a bottle of wine at an Albertson’s liquor store north of Naples.
While perusing the shop we came upon a sweet little carrying case, intended to transport a bottle of wine.

wine transport for musicians
wine transport for musicians

 

 

 

 

 

 

At $38 we thought, “cute, but we don’t really have $38 to invest in a novelty case.”  We left the case in the store. Back at the van we kept mulling it over.  Neither of us felt right leaving the case behind.  Kiki had a flash of inspiration.  We’d been looking for a custom case for Kiki’s jingle stick and we wondered…
38 dollars was a great price for a custom jingle stick case!
We took the jingle stick back into the store and left with our purchase and big happy smiles.
So back to 2009.  After dinner, we spent a most comfortable night in Joseph and Kathleen’s home.  We got up the next morning and headed out for Jax beach. We took a nice long walk in the sand and surf, then headed south on A1A.
Greg was hoping to find a stretch of beach in it’s natural state. We came upon a long stretch of A1A that ran out of buildings. We whipped into a parking lot, parked the car and headed east on foot.  The coastal waters of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas Reserve are calving grounds for the endangered Right Whale.  Manatees, Wood Storks, Roseate Spoonbills, Bald Eagles and Peregrine Falcons also find refuge there.
We found an undisturbed stretch of shoreline, south of Ponte Vedra

We found an undisturbed (except for the boardwalk) stretch of shoreline, south of Ponte Vedra

 

 

from the boardwalk looking back toward the parking lot

from the boardwalk looking back toward the parking lot

 

North Atlantic Right Whales (are there wrong whales?) calve in this area.

North Atlantic Right Whales (are there Left whales?) calve in this area.

 

happy to see the Atlantic again

happy to see the Atlantic again

Greg gathering seashells

Greg gathering seashells

Greg found a living starfish

Greg found a living starfish

  

Kiki returned it to the sea

Kiki returned it to the sea

 

cool shade on the way back to the car

cool shade on the way back to the car

 After two long walks on Florida’s east coast we were hungry. We went to a favorite restaurant in St. Augustine, the Gypsy Cab Company, where they made Greg some scrumptious tofu enchiladas. They always go above and beyond at Gypsy Cab and we left with warm hearts and full bellies.