Monday, March 27, 2017

February 22, 2017 - Jacksonville, FL

It was very dreary this morning. It looked like it might rain later on during the day.  

After breakfast we walked over to the RV Park office to pay for the space.  When Erwin called Fleetwood yesterday he thought he asked to have a space good until Sunday, but the receptionist said the computer showed that we are to stay until this Friday the 24th.  Ohh…" Is there another space available we can move to after the 24th?", Erwin asked.  The lady was not too sure, but wrote down his request.  $40 a night with full hookups.  It used to be $30 a night back in 2004.  

Erwin and I used to live at Fleetwood in our 2003 Everest 5th wheel trailer for two and half years before we bought a house in the summer of 2006.

I contacted Rosalee to see if she and Clark were going to be home today.  “No plan” was Rosalee’s reply.  Great… We got the stuff ready and left to go across the bridge to the other side of the river.

It was great to see Rosalee and Clark again.  Rosalee and I knew each other from the time we were 3 years old attending hard of hearing clinic in Jacksonville, FL. We graduated from Florida Deaf School in 1963. Rosalee and I went to Gallaudet College (now University) during the summer program. Clark was in the program, too. I left Gallaudet College 4 days after admission to go back home because I was homesick. I was only 16 at the time.  However, I went back to Gallaudet in the fall of 1964, graduated a year after Rosalee and Clark graduated in 1968.
We four were talking about murals in Murray Hills area and wanted to check them out.  We found few of them on Edgewood Ave.  Some painted and some mosaic style.  

We decided to go out for lunch and I was in mood for pizza. Rosalee suggested to try Moon River Pizza. It is ranked #34 out of 1,596 restaurants in Jacksonville area.  We each decided to get a slice of pizza of our choice.  Each slice was very generous (enough for 2 not so hungry people), but each of us were hungry. Because it was during lunchtime almost all tables were taken except two.  The atmosphere was very casual and comfortable.  The prices were reasonable.
While we were inside the restaurant heavy rain came down, flooded the curbside very fast.  Many patrons had to stay inside the restaurant to wait til the rain subsided. It was a long wait.  
After lunch Clark asked if we would want to get ice cream at Dreamette.  “Of course” was my instant reply.  Dreamette has been there since Rosalee and I were kids.  An awesome place for ice cream, shakes and sundaes.  Clark and I chose kids’ dipped vanilla ice cream and Erwin got small strawberry ice cream.  Clark shared his with Rosalee.  This place does not accept credit or debit cards, only cash.  Next time if you are in Jacksonville and wanted a sweet treat try Dreamette.  It is the BEST ice cream shop in the area of Jacksonville.  It is on Post Street, but not too far from S. Edgewood Ave. 
We were planning on checking out more murals, but the rain came down hard again.  Clark just drove around the town showing us this and that. 
Back to Rosalee and Clark’s house we chatted some more and we explained to them about our upcoming trip plan.  We enjoyed spending time with them today.
Tappy, Rosalee and Clark's cat
Traffic was terrible going back to Southside from Ortega because of the rain and the rush hour.  We stopped to pick up few items at Freshfield Farms, one of our favorite local grocery stores.  It opened up about three years ago when we lived here.  Just before we started RVing full-time the store went through renovations to add more space.  Now the store is bigger and the layout is much better.  Also, more cashier lanes were added.
You have to stand right there before you are called to an available station

It was drizzling by the time we arrived back “home”.  After supper I got down to business and got tax documents together.  We hope to have the CPA do the tax return before we leave for the West.  We had been going to Michelle for several years, and she is very good and fast.

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