Jacksonville Florida

Today is an off day in the Tour de France. Lance Armstrong is in third place and the Alps are still ahead. He just may do it again. And so, I begin today’s post with a Happy Bastille Day to all!

Yesterday my friend Alex, his wife Isabelle and I headed to the beach to see the Space Shuttle launching. Below is me and Alex.

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Alex and Isabelle. They have been most gracious during my stay. I’ve had a great time. Gracias!

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While we were waiting, a man told us the launch had been cancelled. But I was glad to be at the beach. It’s not officially a coast to coast trip unless you go from one ocean to the other. Yes Pat, that’s the Atlantic.

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There was a party atmosphere around town. And it’s not a party without dancing girls!

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Followed by a colorful sunset.

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After that we headed home. Isabelle is from Cuba and she had some excellent Cuban Rum which she shared. Yum! The following day Alex took me to a spot in St. Augustine where he catches crabs. Here is Alex tying the bait to a string.

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I caught my first crab with a chicken leg and a string!

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There was lots of wildlife in the area. This guy hung out throughout the day. We would swipe our nets across the water and knock small minnows to the beach. This bird would wait anxiously to eat ’em up!

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There is a good reason this bird is hiding his face.

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What an ugly mug.

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Some dolphins did some fishing in the waters beyond us.

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Pretty Bird. Birdie Num Num!

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I spotted this sea turtle.

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And then a tortoise on land.

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And finally on the way home we stopped at the Spanish fortress in St. Augustine.

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Mmmmmm! Alex steamed those crabs with seasoned water and some Old Bay. Delicious!

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The seasoning of the Latin flavored newspaper place mats certainly added to the experience.

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