Back to Mayport
Travel Day, and we’re headed back to Jacksonville and Hanna Park. It was a pretty short drive. As we neared Atlantic Beach, (going over a bridge) I looked into my side mirror and gasped, “I think that we just lost something off the roof of the trailer, Caleb! Maybe one of the air conditioners. I saw it go flying back onto the road!”. I pulled off to the side once across the bridge to find we had lost a side window! All that was left were the two arm brackets and the upper hinge. The window was gone! After we calmed down, we realized there was nothing we could do, so we headed to Hanna Park. Once checked in, Caleb started calling around to order a window. We thought we found one in Gainesville, but it was the wrong size. Eventually he ended up ordering it from Bay Area Airstream and they drop shipped it to arrive in Savannah on Monday.
So what could we do? Go to the beach of course! I packed us a lunch and we went down to the beach. Later that night I suggested that we go to a movie, so Caleb looked one up and he also looked up a place we were told about the last time we were in Hanna Park, Taco Lu. It was our kind of place. Quirky with a busy inside and patio outside, we arrived on Wednesday – which was their Don Julio on special day! We needed some luck after our not so lucky window disaster. We ordered margaritas and I had a shot of DJ Anejo and then another margarita. Then we went and saw “Eye in the Sky”, a Helen Mirren/Alan Rickman movie about drones. It was excellent and kept you in a state of tension for the entire movie. End of a nice day despite the broken window.
The next evening after work, Caleb made us an amazing dinner. He had headed over to Safe Harbor Seafood Market and picked up 1.5 pounds of grouper. He grilled grouper with a Creole sauce. AMAZING!
Before leaving the area, Caleb wanted to take me to Safe Harbor for lunch and to buy some fish for the freezer. It is a lot like Point Loma Seafoods in San Diego. We had lunch and then bought 1.5 pounds of grouper, two 2# bags of shrimp (@ $3.95/pound) and some crab cakes. Caleb duct taped our window and we started breaking down camp. About 5:30 we took Pippin for a walk on the beach up to the Naval Base and back. The breeze was off shore and balmy. The beach was a little crowded but it was a wonderful day to go for a long walk.
Leaving Florida is bitter sweet
We’ve had a long and wonderful stay here. The State beaches and parks are absolutely amazing. We’ve got to see so many different beaches, spend time with friends and family, visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Epcot, Kennedy Space Center, eat incredible food, discover new cocktails and enjoy Florida’s beauty and absorb its winter warmth.
Goodbye Florida, we are ending where we began.