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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Two Chores and Two Explores

Our Location today is Jacksonville, Florida.

As typically happens after a night of pre-trip sleeplessness we fell asleep quickly last night only to wake just before 8:00 this morning. The good part was we felt slightly more rested. The bad part was we slept later then we wanted to because we had a full schedule of activities for the day.
Here I am looking for Bungie ropes to hold the  propane tank.
We took our time eating a light breakfast of toast and coffee and verifying our plans. Once we had finished our morning chores and dressed we were heading out. While Kathy programmed the GPS I removed our empty propane tank. Now even though there is a propane filling station at the park we needed some RV supplies that weren’t available here so we headed off to General RV.

I wanted to go there because it was General RV in White Lake Michigan we had bought our trailer from so I presumed this place would carry the same products. It was about a twenty minute drive to get there and we did get our propane tank refilled but they didn’t have the other supplies we needed.
So with the propane tank secured in the truck bed we headed to Fort George Island where we planned to visit the Kingsley Plantation. The trip to the island was down a single lane road that proved to be an adventure by itself. Many cars and trucks managed to do this trip but it was better suited to off-road vehicles. It was also a challenge when you met oncoming traffic.
All the Homes were the same size with the same floor plans
The Kingsley Home.
Zephaniah Kingsley ran this plantation with his wife Anna between 1814 and 1839 with the use of African slave labor. What was unique about this plantation was that he always kept slave families together and he allowed the slaves to practice their Africa religion and to even name their offspring with traditional African names. The homes the slaves lived in were also unique that they were made using the Tabby system of construction. This involved using a cement mixture filled with seashells and sand as a filler to make the walls and floors of the buildings and homes. Even though Kingsley believed in slavery he did believe in rights for the slaves.
Wendy's Baja Chilli Salad
After spending a few hours learning about the workings of this plantation we were getting hungry since it was nearly 2:00 in the afternoon. The next thing you know we’re at Wendy’s where we both enjoyed a Baja Chili Salad and a small Frosty. Not only was it a refreshing meal but filled us both up.
Since we didn’t get the supplies we needed earlier we stopped in at Camping World. We managed to find most of what we wanted except a bracket that I’ve been looking for every time I’m in a Camping World for the last few years; so I asked for it. Sure enough they had it but since it’s not a big seller it is kept in the storage room and brought out upon request.
Before calling it a day we wanted to stop and see the Duval County Veterans Memorial Wall in downtown Jacksonville. We followed the directions on the GPS but when we got close we had trouble getting in because the streets were all blocked off. Finally we asked how we could see the memorial and they let us right in. The memorial is located in the parking lot between two sports complexes. Tonight is a big game so the parking lots were closed to the public but not if you were just going to visit the memorial. This wall is similar to the one in Washington but only lists the names of soldiers from Duval county that died while fighting WWI, WWII, the Korean War, the Viet Nam War and the Persian Gulf War. Again like the National Cemetery near Bushnell it gives you a very somber feeling to know that so many people had to give their lives for the sake of war so others can live in Freedom.
Getting back to the trailer after a busy day just before 6:00 we decided on just a light supper of toasted raisin bread and apple sauce. Tomorrow is supposed to be a relaxing day but we don’t know how that can be possible since we still have so much to do. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

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1 comment:

  1. General RV has a dealership in Huntley, IL also. We are thinking that is where we will be buying our 5th wheel next year. My wife loves the Baja Salad too. Looks like you had a full day. Curt