Random notes from Jacksonville Beach:
--Kudos to Sacred Heart track coach and good friend Christian Morrison for recommending that we stay at this Courtyard Marriott in Jacksonville Beach. It’s right on the water, which is beautiful. It’s extremely convenient to everything we need. And it’s only about 10 miles from the track.
--Speaking of the track: It’s blue. Like, Drake University in Des Moines blue. Hodges Stadium seems to be a great venue for such a big meet, and it has hosted this Regional Championship the past two years (it’s our first time here, though). They have plenty of parking (more on that next), plenty of on-campus amenities within a short walk, and a three-lane “practice track” for an athlete warm-up area.
--Oh yeah. Parking. At our coaches meeting this afternoon, it was noted that the University of North Florida would be hosting five (5? 5!) graduation ceremonies this weekend. Maybe I heard that wrong. The coaches’ meeting was very crowded and standing room only. But I think I heard something to that effect. So while it seems like there is ample parking for the meet, there may not be ample parking for the meet.
--Jacksonville in the end of May. You’re thinking, really hot and humid, right? Well, it’s hot. But it’s not all that humid. In fact! It’s not a whole lot different than the weather we left behind in New York. So, that’s a good thing.
--As we were driving to the track earlier today, we saw a big sign (and store) that said PET SUPERMARKET. Wow. Really? For those keeping score at home, we opted for Publix, a human supermarket, across the street.