Minding my own business and taking a friend on her first kayaking adventure...until a massive manatee came up under me just seconds after this picture was taken, soaked me with a huge splash, and almost tipped me over. Yes, I thought I was dead meat and an alligator would have me for dinner. Thankfully, it was the gentle giant sea cow instead! And yes, my friend laughed the enire time. I was not laughing.
April 17th was Ben & Jerry's free cone day and Spnr loves ice cream so much that he used 2 pictures that day. Well, for those of you who know me well, you'll understand why there are 2 pics today. Tomorrow, May 17th, is the grand opening of Jacksonville's very first Jamba Juice. Tonite was the "Sneak Peak" and I stopped in for a free Berry Lime Sublime!!! I wonder what will happen next month on the 17th?
I went to my first PGA event, The Players Championship or TPC, at Sawgrass with my friend Anna. I did see Tiger Woods on the famous hole #17 but no cameras or cell phones were allowed. It was probably my last time as well. There is a picture and it will be coming soon. Stay tuned.
While Spnr is away I am house sitting for some friends that live on Doctor's Inlet off of the St. John's River. I've enjoyed watching the ospreys as one stays on the nest and the other fishes for themselves and their little one. Also saw a pair of eagles while kayaking but didn't have the camera. I could enjoy living on the river!
As mentioned several days ago, I have the good fortune to take some time off and instruct a course up in the Monongahela National Forest of West Virginia. During my time away, I have yielded control of this daily picture project to Ginger, so anything posted here between tomorrow and the 23rd reflects her editorial control. Have a good two weeks....and I'll be back on the 22nd!
This picture is notable because of what you can't see: downtown, or the other side of the St John's River, or NAS JAX, or much of anything at all. Wildfires in SE Georgia have blown lots of smoke all the way to Jacksonville, and sky has been smoky for the last week and a half. It makes me feel like I am back in California!