(Mayport, FL) – We’ve had the heat pump on for the past couple nights, but last night the temperatures went only into the mid 60’s and it was humid, which isn’t good for sleeping. Being a travel day, we got up at 7am when it was just breaking daylight. The trip was all on I-95. For those not familiar with the East Coast, I-95 runs from Maine to Key West, FL. It’s three lanes a lot of the way and usually has very heavy traffic. Today there were very few trucks and the traffic was light. There’s nothing to see but trees, but when you get close to Jacksonville, FL it gets pretty with all the waterways around.
The bridge we cross to get to Mayport Navy Base.
When we got to Pelicans Roost RV Park on base we were hoping for a front row site with an unobstructed view of the St. Johns River. It’s the channel that leads in and out of the Jacksonville port (JAXPORT) and the Naval base. There’s lots of activity all the time. We were here for two weeks last March. If you'd like to read about our previous stay go back to the blogs dated 3/24 to 4/4/2010.
Here’s our site.
It's a pull-thru site, but the normal direction is facing toward the river, which is great for motorhomes with their big windshields. However, we wanted to see the river out our back window so we parked backward. We managed to get all the hookups to stretch under the rig.
The view from the back of our rig... but the front of our site.
And this is what we see from our back window. The ship in the center is a high technology warship of the British Navy. Pretty strange looking.
A Carnival cruise ship leaving from Jacksonville Port.
A shrimp boat returning home, hopefully with a good day's catch on board.
U.S. Navy destroyer.
All these ships passed by between about 3pm and 6pm. Pretty good entertainment! Jim thinks I post too many ship pictures. For the rest of the week I may pick out the best shot and post it as "The Ship Of the Day."
After we got set up we spent some time with friends Al and Verline, who we met here in March. What a coincidence that we ended up here again at the same time. We caught up on each others' travels. We’ll be spending time with them all week.
The sun setting behind one of the Navy ships.