Saturday we drove to Jacksonville, about a 60 mile drive east. The plan was to do some Munzeeing as it was a special day. Each regular Munzee was worth 4 times its regular point value. Jacksonville is loaded with Munzees and we only made a drop in the bucket…but we got just under 800 points for the day.
We only Munzee’d for a little more than 2 hours as we had a lunch date with Jenni, Bryan & Little Bryan. Jenni is the daughter of our friends, Kevin & Nelly and we’d never met before. We met at the Famous Amos Diner in Orange Park . The food was pretty good but we enjoyed getting to know this sweet family even more. Little Bryan is one of the cutest little guys we’ve ever met. I made sure to give him hugs from his Grandma and he was very receptive!
After lunch we followed them onto Jacksonville Naval Air Station where Bryan is stationed with the Navy. He works and an air framer and took us to the building that he works in and gave us an excellent tour of the helicopters that he maintains. The helicopters are Seahawks – kin to the Army’s Blackhawks. Michael even grasped the opportunity to sit in one and check it out.
Bryan’s squadron is preparing to deploy in February so I’m sure they’ll be very busy for the next few months. They’re attached to the U.S.S. H.W. Bush aircraft carrier.
While on post we checked out the NEX (the equivalent to the Army’s PX), Michael got a haircut & beard trim at the barber and we did some grocery shopping at the commissary. I purchased meat to last us the rest of the month and also stocked up on some canned/boxed goods as the cost of groceries here in Florida is killing me! Miss my commissary shopping such a huge savings!
On Sunday we took several loops around the park to check bathrooms and just make our presence known to the campers in case they had questions or needed anything. During one of those trips we ran into Stan, who was going to clean out fire pits. We tagged along and Michael helped him get all the fire pits ready for the next wave of campers.
Jim & Bonita, the campground hosts who had a death in the family, arrived back at the campground Sunday evening so Michael won’t have to help clean bathrooms for a while. But we’ll still make some runs through the campground to see how things are going.
During one of our trips we happened across turkey vulture in one of the campsites as we neared him he flew up ahead and warned his comrades who’d been in another campsite. There had to have been at least a dozen of them flying about…it was pretty cool. Wished I had my real camera and not just my phone. Tried to get a picture of the first guy while he sat upon a post…but it’s pretty hard to see him.
I had Smothered Steak in the crock pot so all I had to do was make some rice & steam some vegetables and dinner was ready in a flash when we came back from cleaning the fire pits. This was a new recipe and it turned out really flavorful!
Monday was a quiet day at home. We did a few household chores and watched some TV…just nice and low-key. I tried another new recipe called Wicked Chicken…very easy and pretty tasty too!
The days are beginning to fly by…we’ve been here in Florida for almost 7 weeks and have just 7 weeks left until we leave for Texas. At this point I’m still ok ‘sitting’ but I think that as the time passes the ‘itch’ is gonna get us and we’ll be chomping at the bit to hit the road again.