Well with the passing of our final exams at the Mayo Clinic we decided it would be wise for us to celebrate our good health and fortunes. It had been a long three days as we had to be at the Mayo by 7:30 am and were there the first two days till 4 or 5 pm and the last day until noon. When we finished up early that last day we did a few chores and then at last made our way over to Engine 15 for happy hour to celebrate the completion of our physicals.
Engine 15 makes some nice craft beers and has an early evening happy hour. I particularly liked a few of the IPA’s and Sharon was fond of one of their Porters. We really savored these fine crafted beers in honor of both of us receiving a clean bill of health.
Sunday it was time to leave Jacksonville and we found it hard to believe that we had been there for nine days already. When we first arrived the weather was rainy and overcast with gusty winds making the first three or four days not as much fun as we had hoped. We made one nice day trip into the city and stopped by to visit one of our son’s best friends. Neil and his family who have made their home here. We had visited the last time we were here as well but this time there was a new addition… another baby boy. It was really nice to visit with him and see his new son. As we were leaving he surprised us with a parting gift of some venison! Thanks Neil, we will enjoy this for sure!!!
The next three days we were tied up at the clinic and this was when the weather was nicest –( of course). However the last couple of days were pretty nice so we got in some fishing and some quality beach time. No luck for me fishing but we really enjoyed the walking or biking in and around Hanna Park and along the beach. On our last morning before we left we made one more walk on the beach and then broke camp ready to hit the road by about noon on Sunday.
We didn’t go very far but made our way down 1A1 along the coast through Ponte Vedra into St Augustine. Ponte Vedra looked very upscale and we were amazed at the size of some of the homes we passed. We read later that this St John County area is known for golf and boasts having ultimate three, four and five diamond resorts. It ranks as the third wealthiest county behind Palm Beach and Naples and it showed! It was a beautiful area to drive through especially in the motorhome since it allowed us to see over top of the short dunes. Catching glimpses of salt marshes, the ocean at times and occasional ospreys in flight for an early afternoon snack made for a really enjoyable travel day.
About 15 minutes south of St Augustine we pulled into our next home for the upcoming week… Pellicer Creek Campground. This is a cozy little “mom and pop” owned park with only about 30 sites alongside Highway 1. This is a nice park along Pellicer Creek and the perfect spot to explore both Palm Coast and St Augustine. We hope to relax here for a week before we change coasts in Florida once again…