among the turtles and the cacti in Queens

On Saturday afternoon I went to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens. It’s near JFK airport but it’s a peaceful place. The trail is short (I think 1.7 miles?) but there are interesting creatures to meet and plants to admire, and the views of Manhattan are excitingly Wizard of Oz-esque.

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I live in Harlem so we got on the FDR at 116th St. Here’s Uneeda Check Cashing in East Harlem.

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Voila, the Wildlife Refuge isn’t very far. If you’ve got a cashed check burning a hole in your pocket there are some interesting places to eat in Queens along the way.

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A turtle depicting a turtle in the Visitors’ Center.

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Manhattan in the distance.

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Shy turtle.

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A pile of logs with snakes reportedly living inside.

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There’s cacti growing all over the place. Yucca too.

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And rosehips.

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Shore birds.

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A pair of ospreys in their nest.

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Cannoli Italian ice from Uncle Louie G’s in Howard Beach.

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