The rain was on the way over the “River City.” One to be seated on a stone wall overlooking downtown Jacksonville and the whole of the city along the St. John’s River has been a site I’ve come to love and enjoy. In fact, this particular location called Riverside Park has become my oasis. After four long ten-hour shifts at my warehouse job and hours on hours being around people, noise, and city life, I need the silence and natural beauty to fill me with peace.
In a previous post, I once talked about how my depression began years ago and one of the things that helped me deal with it was travel. By disappearing away from my everyday life and being somewhere where no one knows who I am or even cares help me to be able to sort out the mess in my head. Spending time in the scenic beauty is like a restart button. Riverside Park has become my new restart button. It is closer to home unlike my other getaway, the Fort George Inlet, and still delivers the same results.
In the beginning, whenever I visited this park, I would walk the entire boardwalk. This boardwalk is popular because you get to visit all the fun stops along the way. For example, you have easy access to the YMCA building off to the left-hand side without having to drive all the way around. You can climb the large hill that takes you over the FEC Strauss Trunnion Bascule Bridge where you can watch the trains travel across a double track over the river.
From the bridge, it’s a straight shot to the Jacksonville Landing, one of the city’s gems.
With summer here, it’s far too hot most days to take that long stroll. Its perfect for all the joggers who like to jog back and forth. As for me, I simply sit underneath the pillars holding up the Fuller Warren Bridge and look out in both directions of the St. John’s River. On the weekends, the river is usually loaded with boats, yachts, and jet skis. If you catch it on a good day as I have, you simply enjoy the stillness and beauty of a river at low tide.
If I have enough time in my day and don’t feel like going home, I often take myself a drive around the city I already know well enough and try and see whatever else I can see. On this day I was able to capture the Hart Bridge in all its glory and capture some rain clouds creeping over the city ready to rain down on us.
Riverside Park is the place to be if you’re looking for a place to hold events or go for a stroll or jog, but it is my place to be when the world has become a little too much and I need to get away.
As always… find your adventure! ❤