Lights Over Jacksonville

Hello all,

Last Saturday night, we drove into Jacksonville to watch the boat parade and fireworks display. Murray did an excellent job of negotiating the downtown streets and finding us a place to park. We could not believe the huge number of people who were there for the same reason. There were so many people that the walkways along the river were jammed and it was very difficult to make forward progress.

Eventually we found a spot near the fence with a good view of the water. By now, everyone was hungry and it became the women’s job to line up to obtain liquid refreshments and a pizza. This endeavour only took about 45 minutes! Over the heads of the crowds, we caught glimpses of brightly lit vessels passing by. Finally, success ! With pizza in hand, we barged our way back to our place by the fence and joined the guys. Luckily the parade went around twice and we got to see all of the boats.

IMG_1482When the parade finished, the boats tied up at the waterfront. Once all boats were secured, the fireworks started. Wow! What a show that was! Actually, two shows, as it was duplicated further down the river, beyond the Main Street Bridge. At one point, both bridges were dripping or pouring “fire”. It was the most incredible show any of us had ever seen! The finale was a constant barrage of fireworks that reverberated in our chest cavities. Using my little “point and shoot” camera, I took a large number of photos and here are a few.

IMG_1499It was an incredible evening but one that we will probably not repeat. Fighting the crowds and traffic once was likely enough for the next few years.

IMG_1521Things are going well on the boat and the job list gets shorter by the day. Our boat survey was completed on Friday and the surveyor found the vessel in “above average ” condition. Murray found the tiny leaks in the dinghy and repaired them yesterday. There is just the filling of the lockers to complete and shopping for Christmas presents. Oops, Murray just reminded me that he still has to align the engine and that is a big job. And it is a job for which I will try to be absent from the boat !

In about two weeks, we will pack the car and head north for Christmas. Perhaps we will see you then?

Heather & Murray

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