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Wordless Wednesday – let the numbers speak for themselves

Camera: Samsung Galaxy S8+

Be sure to check out some of the new items in my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com – the “Spring into Spring” sale is still on! – Chris

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Not your typical Tahoe – 1983 U.S. Navy SEABEE Utility Vehicle

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On display at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport courtesy of the American Military Historical Society.

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And then there’s this –

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And this –

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For more from this event check out my post here.

Pretty cool stuff! Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to stop by my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

Chris

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1984 AM General M35 Troop Carrier

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One of the more recognizable trucks in the US Army, this 2 1/2-ton “medium duty” truck has 10 wheels and is a 6×6 – the A2 version is powered by a 7.8 liter 6-cylinder turbocharged multifuel engine.

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This truck was part of a large display of vintage military vehicles that were at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport during the 24th Annual Concours d’Elegance weekend which was held separately at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.

Camera: Samsung Galaxy S8+

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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1968 Kaiser Jeep US Army Ambulance

This weekend the 24th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance came to a conclusion. There are so many events going on during our “March Motor Madness” it’s hard to keep up with all of the activity. One event, in particular, was held at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport and consisted of a display of about ten vintage US military vehicles all in operating condition and plated for use on the road.

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From Ft. Benning, Georgia

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Very nicely restored in period trim from the Vietnam era.

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The truck is in great mechanical condition an operates on the roads here in Florida.

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What looks to be an accurate set-up for a field ambulance.

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If you’re interested in anything to do with classic cars then Amelia Island is the place to be during that 2nd week in March. Be sure to check out the 25th Concours for next year!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop by my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com for some classic and hard to find vintage cameras and photo gear! – Chris

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Florida Army National Guard Unit Deploys to Amelia Island for the Concours d’Elegance

The title may sound a bit ominous but as part of a training exercise and to provide support due to the increased air traffic at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport during the 24th Annual Concours d’Elegance this weekend, members of the 2-111th Aviation Operations Battalion (Mobile Tower System) from nearby Camp Blanding Joint Training Center in Starke, Florida were on hand to lend their assistance in ATC (Air Traffic Control).

The local airport typically fills-up with a wide variety of airplanes from small single-engine aircraft all the way up to the largest business-class and private jets.

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The unit, made-up of Florida Army National Guard Soldiers from Camp Blanding, operate from an ultra-modern mobile ATC vehicle that can deploy rapidly to anywhere they’re needed on short notice. Totally self-contained and self-supporting, the Soldiers set up their communications antennas and mobile generator and assist local air traffic control operators in the safe ground operations at the airport they’re supporting.

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I met with the three Soldiers and came away impressed with their professionalism and dedication to the mission at hand (as I knew I would).

 

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From left to right, Warrant Officer 1 (WO1) Charles Smith, Sergeant (Sgt) Sara Newby, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 (CW2) Holly Denny.

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Also at the airport today, members of the American Military Historical Society had some of their vintage (and still driveable) military vehicles from the early 1900s all the way to the late 1980s.

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World War II USMC Willys Jeep

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1968 Kaiser Jeep Ambulance

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1984 AM General Cargo/Troop Carrier

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1983 Chevrolet Utility Cargo Vehicle (CUCV) in US Navy SEABEES trim

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

Camera: Samsung Galaxy S8+ and Fujifilm FinePix S9900W

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F4U Corsair Model at the Fernandina Beach Airport Terminal

I finally got the chance to check out the Corsair reproduction that hangs in the airport terminal building here on Amelia Island. The terminal was completed late in 2018 and represents a significant upgrade to the facilities that it replaced. Well done to all involved!

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The Corsair was flown by the US Navy and Marines in the Pacific theater of operations during the latter stages of WWII and enjoyed a reputation that was second to none.

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The Corsair was powered by a super powerful Pratt & Whitney engine.

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The main lobby before the addition of the Corsair.

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The terminal building is designed to evoke a WWII F4U Corsair fighter-bomber.

Thanks for stopping by and if you find yourself anywhere near northeast Florida make time to stop and visit our unique airport terminal.

My camera shop is always open and always filled with some classic cameras and gear. You can find my shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

Camera: Samsung Galaxy S8+

Chris

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Hotel Indigo – Jacksonville Deerwood Park

We don’t often post about our travels and certainly not about a hotel. Most of the hotels we stay at here in Florida are very nice – with only a few standouts. Then there’s this hotel.

Hotel Indigo at Jacksonville-Deerwood Park on Jacksonville’s southside. Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood which was once known as “Hollywood East” before Hollywood (the LA one) was even famous. From around 1908 to about 1920, Jacksonville was the spot for making movies. The Hotel Indigo does a nice job of paying homage to that history in their decor and with a ten-minute film that runs continuously on one of the TV channels.

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Situated along a large lake surrounded by a boardwalk in the European-styled Tapestry Park Village, you get the feeling that you’re staying in an apartment vice a hotel room and that you’re part of the neighborhood and not a visitor.

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The view from our fourth-floor suite looking east across the lake. This area of Jacksonville is in the heart of a large business complex with many corporate offices here. It’s just far enough from major highways to make for a peaceful stay but close enough to I-95, Southside Boulevard and Butler Boulevard to make getting around pretty easy. The St. Johns Town Center is nearby, Jacksonville’s beaches are just down the road, UNF and downtown Jacksonville are an easy drive too. Oh, and there’s a Starbucks just around the corner!

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Tapestry Park Village’s European-styled buildings.

Hotel Indigo Jacksonville-Deerwood Park is a 4-star hotel and is part of the IHG family of hotels. This marked our first stay at any of their properties and we booked our room (a king suite) directly on the hotel’s website.

The Room

The room was exceptional in every way imaginable. It was huge!  We had an end unit on the fourth floor so we had windows on two sides and our view of the lake was beautiful. The room was clean and it had absolutely no smell to it. Why do I mention the smell? We’ve been disappointed lately with the hotels we’ve stayed at – they looked clean at first glance but the background (and foreground) chemical smell were enough to give you a headache! Why so heavy handed with the “air fresheners”? They were hiding the smell of dirty carpets from the more than likely pet and people “accidents”. Too much DNA left behind! Yuk! What made this room different? No carpets – hardwood and tile floors throughout with only a few area rugs by the bed and couches. I’m sure that made it much easier for the housekeeping staff to maintain.

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The king-sized bed was super comfortable and provided plenty of support. The furniture throughout the suite was tasteful and comfortable. A large desk with 5 outlets and computer connections was tucked away in the corner of the bedroom.

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The garden tub was HUGE! I’m 6’2″ and I could fully submerge! Lots of hot water and the tub fills quickly. Some of the rooms have jetted tubs too.

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No shower door – the shower was big enough for two, three, or more (I know, why?) but it was nice not having the shower curtain clinging to your body as you tried to get clean. A separate toilet with a door – a nice touch.

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For a suite, there’s really no kitchen. A small sink, a microwave, a coffee maker, and a minifridge were all that was provided. No plates or silverware and no cooktop. A little disappointing but we haven’t cooked in a hotel suite this century anyway.

In Summary

IHG looks like they designed a winner… the Hotel Indigo in Jacksonville-Deerwood Park has earned our business. Quiet (even though the hotel was booked solid we never heard our neighbors), clean, no bad smells, clean (gets mentioned twice), large suite with big rooms, great bathroom, huge tub and shower, comfy bed and furniture, no carpeting and have I mentioned – no bad smells!

Here’s the hotel website if you want to check out the rest of the hotel. We didn’t use the common facilities like the bar and restaurant, pool and fitness center but they looked great.

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All images were taken by me – no stock photos clipped from the hotel’s website. My camera of choice, my Samsung Galaxy S8+

Oh, by the way, we’ve received no compensation for our review. We just wanted to share our experience at this nice hotel. It’s not often that you can be impressed with a hotel in your hometown.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit our camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com for some awesome cameras and photo gear. We’re running a 10% off everything sale at the moment! – Chris

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Image 2.25.2019

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Camera: Samsung Galaxy S8+

Jacksonville, Florida

This image received no post-production except for a gentle crop and a slight exposure adjustment. It was late in the day so I’m sure the camera was doing its best to balance the available light with the need to focus and freeze the action. Sometimes the simplest of cameras are the best. I’m sure a more sophisticated DLSR or mirrorless camera would have captured a “better” image but who lugs those around 24/7?

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com for some awesome photo gear! – Chris

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