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Trip Start Mar 23, 2009
Trip End Jul 23, 2009

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

After a day to recover from the journey we were ready to be on our way. This was yet another new experience for us as we have never traveled with another motor home for company before, but very fitting that the first time should be with our 'mentors' Doug & Trish. It was a unique opportunity for some photos - you all know us, we hardly ever get the camera out!  - it meant that they could get some "never before" shots of us on the road and vice versa.  though I have to say that both Trish and I were challenged by the uneven road surface that the guys seem to find every time we tried to use the cameras. D & T also have the advantage of a rear window, so they could look back at us.
 We used walkie talkies to stay in touch, though we were never out of site of each other, it's not like you can go tearing off up the freeway in one of these. They have only a week's holiday so we decided to move just a little north to an area neither of us had camped in before, still in Florida we made our way to the banks of the St John's River. Now whilst that may sound sleepy and peaceful and it is, the river is huge!
The elevation change from headwaters to mouth is only about 30 feet, making the St. Johns one of the world's "laziest" rivers  Extremely low velocity and low volume of flow, combined with the generally level elevation, cause the St. Johns to spread out to a great width for much of its course.
It flows north which is unusual, it is over 300 miles long and 2 - 3 miles wide in places! http://www.theriverreturns.org/
 We camped in San Mateo in a peaceful little campground right beside the river, once off the freeway it was a very pretty drive and not long after arrival all was sorted and we went off to explore.

We drove along beside the river, stopping in Green Cove Springs a small town that has probably seen better days - Malc was very taken by some of the available real estate - I do have to reign him in sometimes!

The area around Hastings, again not far from San Mateo is the 'Potato capital' of FL, there is even a village called Spuds you'll have to take my word for it though as I missed the sign but got a lovely blurred shot of the countryside. They make chips (crisps to you and me) here too, the sign made us smile.

 There was plenty of evidence of FL beef farming too, I think we mentioned when we were down here before that there are more cattle per acre than in Texas! So although we all imediately think - oranges and Disney - there is a lot more going on.

Today is Doug and Trish's 30th wedding anniversary, congratulations you two - any excuse for a glass of wine.

 At dusk we had a frog chorus/seranade, until Malc did his Dr.Doolittle bit and they all abruptly sut up! (well, that's what he told them to do :) ) Tomorrow we will go into St.Augustine and be tourists wandering round with all the others.
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