It is spring break in the local public school district, which means it is time off of work for me! My college had its spring break a few weeks back, but since I am interning in the public school system, I now follow their schedule. I would have taken this break to log some serious miles at parks along this side of the state, but because it is time to taper for track, I have been resting more than I have been running. My final collegiate race is this weekend.
Today, I made it out to Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine. With an admission price of just four dollars, the state park makes for a great little vacation. Even though I live in Florida, I rarely find time to go to the beach, but I was determined to do so over my spring break. Actually, I've been to the beach a few times already this week. In a few months, I will be moving inland, away from the salty coastal breezes, to attend the University of Florida for graduate school. I will miss the runs that I have completed along this beach and nearly around the entire peninsula, known as Conch Island. This trip was just for relaxing, however, so I grabbed my book of short stories by Marjorie, read tales of young women, cockfights, and relationships, and soaked in the sun's rays.
This stretch of the beach in the state park is much more peaceful that part past the peer, just a few hundred meters south. There are no hotels, ice cream shops, or beach towels placed so close together that the edges touch. It's a pleasant escape. The quiet gave me time to close my eyes and think about the upcoming race and graduation, but also my next possible big studio project. I plan to print a copy of Cross Creek, create a cover, bind the book, and illustrate the text with my line drawings screen printed on the pages. One of my good friends recently took Bookmaking, a studio course at my school, and I have been itching to make this book for a while now. I added a few more sketches to my collection today.
Those were certainly the best four dollars that I have spent in a while.