Jacksonville Zoo. Bethany's son turned four on Saturday, so this was his birthday outing! It's a good zoo and I saw several animals I'd never seen before.
St. Augustine. We spent Sunday afternoon eating gelato (I had tiramisu and blueberry cheesecake) and exploring the historic Castillo San Marcos, which I didn't get to see when I was there before. It was a beautiful day, perfect for hanging out on the grounds. We saw a girl taking quinceanera photos - at first I thought she worked there and was in period costume! Her dress was a work of art.
The beach, of course. It was freezing, but communing with the ocean is a necessity for me. We saw several stranded starfish and rescued them (with dramatic utterances of "It matters to this one!").
After the beach, we had dinner at The Conch House. I went there with Debra years ago and am still thinking about their roasted pepper calamari. It was just as good as I remembered. I don't have pictures because I was too busy eating, but I highly recommend the place if you're in St. Augustine.
Used bookstore and Bethany's magical thrift store. I didn't buy any books for myself (gasp!), but I found enough great clothes at thrift that I had to borrow cash. :)
It was a great trip! I'm blessed to have several close friends who are very relaxing and easy to be around, and Bethany is one of them. I wish we lived closer.
It's hard to explain, but I feel a sense of rightness when I'm in Florida that I don't feel anywhere else. I really hate to quote Twilight (and from memory :P), but it's "like I'd been in pain and that pain had suddenly ceased." I start asking myself, why exactly do I not live here? Why do I choose not to be near the ocean and eat seafood and see palm trees every day? Of course, I love my life the way it is. But what I really want is to pick up all the people and things I love and transport them to the Atlantic coast. The end.