Thursday, 31 January 2013
Jan 29-30 Jacksonville Beach to Welaka and Blue Spring
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The Veranda at Blue Springs' Thursby House

The Veranda at Blue Springs' Thursby House A second reason for this trip was to visit the Welaka Marine Museum. We had heard Jim & Lisa Favors talk about it at some length last fall at the AGLCA Rendezvous and wanted to see it.   I am sorry to report that the owner passed away last year, the museum is closed, and all the property is to be sold at auction on March 6th.  You can see Favor's photos of the museum here.  A Welaka police officer came buy while I was talking photos of the museum and asked if I was a Nazi spy or something. Welaka Police Mug Shot

I had decided with the museum closed we would go to lunch at a restaurant on the St John's River we had just passed. "Closed", he said, "You can't have a successful restaurant that is only opened 3 days a week."  We went around the corner to the Shrimp R Us & More and had a pretty good lunch. Then it was south to Blue Spring State Park where the manatees come every winter to stay in the 72 degree water of the spring. The word was they had counted 3 this morning. We didn't see one. We were here in December 2007 and there were 172 manatees. Last year we saw 2 manatees.  There is a cold spell coming this weekend so there will probably be hundreds here.  The picture show the verandah at the Thursby House at Blue Spring Landing that was built on the plantation in 1872. What a great place to relax along with the manatees. I also learned that the house sits on a 4,000 year old  indian midden (garbage dump) that contains human bones eaten by early American cannibals.

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Posted on 01/31/2013 1:11 AM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 29 January 2013
Jan 26-28 Our 4th Trip in the View to Florida
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Four seagulls and Mavis on 1.5 miles of beach

Four seagulls and Mavis on 1.5 miles of beach As I write this we are beside the beach at Hanna Park, Jacksonville. The temperature here is 75 degrees, just about perfect.  We picked up the View in Murray on Saturday. It was in the low 30's and the View refused to start. Coach-Net came and got it going with a booster battery. We filled up with water but found the pump wouldn't work; followed by the fridge, and even the gas heating. When we got home the interior lights were very dim. I plugged in and everything worked. It seems the engine alternator had not charged up the house batteries which must have been dead. A meter showed the house batteries were at 8 volts . . . which is pretty much dead.  Sunday morning the house battery was charged up and we left at 8:30 AM for the 342 miles to Byron, GA.  At Byron the batteries were all changed up so I think the problem has disappeared. There is a solenoid in all the connections that may have some dirty contacts which could have cleaned themselves with some operations. Today we drove 258 miles to Hanna Park.  This park is beside the Atlantic and the beach is much like Cumberland Island. At this time of year we had the entire 1.5 mile beach almost to ourselves. We'll spend another day here and then on to Blue Spring for the manatees on Wednesday. Saturday morning I speak at TrawlerFest in Ft Lauderdale. That's the main reason for this trip.

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Posted on 01/29/2013 2:15 AM by Bob Duthie
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