March 9, 2013

March 9, 2013 Day 302
Jacksonville Landing
Jacksonville, FL
Total miles to date: 5043.6

From Dr. Seuss “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish”
“Today was good. Today was fun.  Tomorrow is another one.”

Another fun day!  Jacksonville Landing is the place to be this weekend!  Early this morning we watched (from our boat) runners participating in the 36th annual 15K Gate River Run as they ran across the bridge near us. This is the largest 15 K run in the United States with over 20,000 runners. 

At lunch time, we wandered over to the PHINS Gumbo Festival. (PHINS means Parrot Heads in Natural Settings.)  This was a cook-off competition with about 15 competitors. We bought our tickets and proceeded to taste the various samplings of gumbo. There were many versions of it, some with seafood and many without.  The booths were cleverly decorated and the band played Jimmy Buffet songs, of course.  There were hundreds of people there and we had a fun time.  We have not checked to see which booth won, but we did not vote for the same one! 

Bill spent time this afternoon charting our course for tomorrow and also researching anchorages in Georgia.  We had dinner on board.

We will leave here late tomorrow morning and go to a marina in Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island.  That will be our last stop in Florida which is still hard to believe.

The 15K Gate River Run
Joyce voted for them!
Bikini Gumbo Booth

The Brew Crew Gumbo Booth