|Mann, Carolyn, Gloria & Doug|
Our daughter Barbara and family joined us in the Florida Keys for many years, but in 2004 it didn't work out for the g'kids and Henry to join her. Barbara did not want to miss her Florida fix. She hopped in her car and drove from Concord, NC to spend the time at Fort Clinch with us for a week.
One of our favorite restaurants was called "Down Under" and it was right on the inter-coastal waterway and down under a bridge. They had great seafood dinners and cold beer, so it answered all the basic food needs. Unfortunately, the restaurant closed down after a few years and never reopened while we were there.
|Barbara & Gerry|
|Down Under restaurant taken from the bridge.|
|Barbara & Gerry|
Ocean side campground with electric and water site, plus a bathhouse. It was a short walk on the boardwalk over the dunes to the beach. It wasn't that nice of a beach and had some dropoffs and wasn't considered safe for swimming.
Fort Clinch is one of the most well-preserved 19th century forts in the country. Although no battles were fought here, it was garrisoned during both the Civil and Spanish-American wars. During the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps began preserving and rebuilding many of the structures of the abandoned fort. Daily tours with period reenactors depicting garrison life bring the fort to life for visitors.
|Enlisted men's quarters.|
|Quartermaster storage room|
|Food storage room|
|Outer wall on the beach|
Barbara is getting her Florida fix now. She and Henry are in Melbourne Beach, FL and are staying in a hotel right on the ocean. Henry has to work during the days, but can relax with Barbara in the evenings. I hope they have great weather and enjoy the area. Barbara, make sure you order a grouper sandwich and think of me out here eating codfish or pollock (only fish available). Keep those phone lines clear and open.
This was a work around the motorhome day with laundry, storing articles and such. It also was one of the most painful and frustrating days I've had in a long time. I started entering tax data into Turbo Tax a while back and finally got around to finalizing our federal tax return. We get money back, but that doesn't help alleviate the pain of dealing with the forms. The US really needs to update and revise the federal tax system; it is pathetic. Thank God for Turbo Tax.
That was our exciting day here in the desert, how was yours?