stories 2017 | perfection
#100days | 7/100

stories 2017 | surprise


Last month Jeff and I visited Jacksonville for a Charlie Daniels Band concert at the Florida Theatre. We stayed along the St. Johns River in a sky rise hotel. Because we were staying a couple nights I searched for 'things to do' while we were in town.

The Catty Shack Wildlife Sanctuary had great reviews on Trip advisor. In fact, it is one of the top five things to do in Jacksonville at the time I was browsing for places to visit.

This place is tucked into an out-of-the-way, residential area, kind of in-the-boonies. While the reviews were great we didn't have high hopes while traveling to the sanctuary.

We were pleasantly surprised!

In fact, we loved this place. Yes, it is in a secluded location, off the beaten tracks, out of the way of Jacksonville proper. But, the Catty Shack Wildlife Sanctuary has put together a thriving, albeit non-profit, organization who obviously are passionate about what they are doing.

We especially appreciated the tour, the tour guides, and of course the stars of the wildlife refuge - the big cats! Our guide had been with the sanctuary for 6 years and he was intimately familiar with the workings of this type of non-profit, the organization itself, and each and every cat or other wildlife they were caring for.

Digitally: I haven't made a 12 x 12 traditional page in a while. I prefer multi-photo pages, even 2-page, 8-10 photo spreads with simple embellishments and a small story told. While we had enough photos, definitely, for a 2-page, I felt it wasn't necessary to remind us of this evening we spent at the big cat refuge.