My brother and I spent yesterday afternoon in the car. He took the afternoon off to have lunch with me and show me the sights, but it's about 98º F outside and entirely too hot to walk anywhere. (Especially in the sun.) So the solution was an air conditioned auto tour. Pleasant, if not eco-friendly.
We drove around North Jacksonville, where it was interesting to check out little neighborhoods like Panama Park and to see Cleo's, home of "the best taco salad in town" -- my brother described it, and it sounds to me just like any other taco salad, so I'm skeptical. But then, I didn't eat one. Cleo's was closed by the time we got there.
From Ortega, on the south side, we got a good view of downtown across the huge St. John's River.
You may remember that my mom now lives in a retirement center on a tributary of the river. We went out on the dock to watch the sunset two nights ago and a manatee swam past. All we could see was his nose, but he left a telltale v-shaped ripple on the water's surface so we could watch his progress through the water. It still amazes me that such exotic, prehistoric-looking animals are just out there, living their lives in my mom's back yard.
Speaking of Mom, today is her birthday -- she's 79. So we're planning a little dinner out tonight.
(Top photo: A mermaid on Hecksher Drive, North Jacksonville.)