"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

April 3, 2014

April 2 - Jacksonville, FL

Ortega Yacht Club Marina

"April ... hath put a spirit of youth in everything."—William Shakespeare

We had a wonderful week at home with beautiful spring weather. A week wasn't very long, but we had time to catch up with a big part of our family, eat lunches with friends, dinners with family, do a little spring cleaning in the yard and spent two amazing days with our grand daughter and her parents. 

We were back on the road today for your 16th time in three years...definitely not the best part of cruising. Fifteen hours in the car from Texas to Jacksonville, FL gave me a lot of time (when I wasn't driving) to read, play puzzles, text friends, play with the pictures I took of Mayven, write emails and google trivia. Little things cross your mind as you're riding down the road, things you see on signs, weird thoughts that just pop into you're head or a town you've never heard of...there are so many things. As we were getting close to Jacksonville I made the comment that it really didn't seem like a very big city, so I googled it...well I was wrong. Did you know that Jacksonville is the largest city in Florida by population (double the size of Miami) and the largest city by area in the contiguous United States at 840 square miles. Houston is 627 sq. miles, Los Angles is 503 sq. miles, but the largest city in area in the US is Sitka, Alaska at 2,870 sq. miles. That's more than half the size of Connecticut at 5543 sq. miles and twice as big as Rhode Island at 1212 sq. miles. That's unbelievable...how can a city be that big? You have to love the Internet...it can educate and entertain for hours.  

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