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Well, it looks like the annual sickness has run its course and everyone is feeling better. Though the air is still a little cool, we decided to take the boat out for some fresh air! Charlie was thrilled!

Boat Day

The water was a little choppy, so we had to take it slower than usual (to the boys’ disappointment), but hey, a bad day boating is still better than a good day at work, amiright?

Boat Day

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Boating season has officially started! Today, the boys and I took Charlie out on the water for a few hours…

On the boat

It seems like it’s been forever since we’ve felt the wind and spray in our face…especially Alex!

On the boat

It was GREAT just being outside! It got a little cloudy and we got a few sprinkles, but that didn’t put a damper on our fun!

On the boat

On the way back to the marina, Adam took the wheel for a bit…

On the boat

while Charlie daydreamed…

On the boat

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What better way to round-out a perfect weekend than to take a boat to dinner…

Going to Clarke's Going to Clarke's

This is Clarke’s Fish Camp on Julington Creek. It’s one of our favorite places to go for seafood.

Going to Clarke's

And judging from the number of boats here already, we’re not the only one’s who enjoy this secluded hideaway…

Going to Clarke's

Inside the restaurant, there’s stuffed animals EVERYWHERE! Lions, Tigers, Bears, Zebras, Apes, and this Giraffe right over our table…

Going to Clarke's

As always, the dinner was great! Adam commented that he was “so heavy” because he ate so much (that kid can put away some shrimp!). So, now we leave Clarke’s and head back up Julington Creek…

Leaving Clarke's

It’s still early in the evening, we have a pretty good amount of daylight left and the boys aren’t quite ready to go home…

Leaving Clarke's

So, …

Leaving Clarke's

It just doesn’t get any better than this!

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So, Mom is off to do some scrap-booking, so the boys and I decide to take the boat to the zoo.

Boys in the Boat Boys in the Boat Boys in the Boat

Heading into Jax, FEC Strauss Trunnion Bascule Bridge was down as a train crossed, so we decide to use the small boat span rather than wait for the bridge to be raised…

We docked at the pier and entered the zoo, and no sooner do we cross into the park than Alex makes a friend. In this case, it’s Salsa the Jaguar…

Alex and Salsa

Adam took a particular interest in these flamingos and insisted they were doing yoga…

Flamingos

So, after we saw the lions and tigers and bears (oh, my), we kicked-back and took a slow boat home…

Boys in the Boat

What a great day!

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Mom is off to a R+F team-building weekend, so the boys and I decide to do a little team-building on the water…

Leaving the marina

We didn’t have anything really planned today, so we headed down past Green Cove Springs and found a quiet location to stop for lunch.

Lunch on the Water

Just beautiful…

Lunch on the Water

On the way back to the marina, we encounter a sunken sailboat. The boys thought that was pretty cool…it looked like Jack Sparrow’s boat. LOL

Sunken Sailboat

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Hard to believe, but were heading out on the water AGAIN! Today, we have Jess and Emilo and family, plus Kameran’s plus one. So, we’ll be taking out a pontoon boat…and this Sweatwater beauty means we’ll be riding in STYLE

Sweetwater

Soon, the brood is onboard and we’re underway…

Underway

We don’t really have anything planned today. Just cruise up the St Johns into Jax and maybe we’ll spy a dolphin or two. It was great just to relax and enjoy the time together.

Mom and Dad

Alex Surfs Adam and Oliver

Jess and CJ

And of course, with all these mates, I don’t have to sit behind the wheel…

Adam Drives Kam Drives

And Cindy even get’s in a little Rodan+Fields work…what a GREAT office!

Cindy Works

We docked at the Jacksonville Landing, and walked around the restaurants and shops for a bit. Since it was Sunday, a lot of them were closed. Still, it was nice to get out and stretch our legs a bit, before climbing back on board and heading up the river to see if we could see some Dolphins.

Jax Landing

Emilo took the wheel as we headed under the Main Street bridge. While the kids kept their eyes open for dolphins, I just enjoyed the sunshine.

Watching for Dolphins

And it didn’t take long before we saw a entire POD!

Dolphin Pod Dolphin Pod

We were able to get pretty close as they swam alongside the boat.

Dolphin Close

After the dolphin show, we took Jessica Lorraine to see the Jessica Lorraine

Jessica Lorraine Jessica Lorraine

It was a great day! Everyone was a bit tired, but still wore a smile…except for those that were asleep!

Kam and Oliver

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Today, Cindy has her “Big Business Launch” for Rodan+Fields, so she wants us out of her hair. What better way is there to accomplish this, than to spend a day on the water??

Captain Crew

It’s a beautiful day and the boys take turns driving the boat…

Adam Drives Alex Drives

Coming into Jax, we see the drawbridge down to let a train cross the river, so we use the small boat span to enter The Landing…

Small Boat Span

We head-up the St Johns to the Jacksonville Landing for lunch (and some ice cream), then we walk across the Main Street Bridge to Friendship Park…

Dad and the Boys

The boys have a great time running around the park! Especially, “Super Alex”…

Super Alex

What a great day! One the way home, the boys succumb to fatigue and let the movement of the boat rock them to sleep…

Adam Out Alex Out

There’s NO WAY Cindy had as much fun as we did!!

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Today, Cindy has her “Big Business Launch” for Rodan and Fields, so what better excuse can there be for the boys and I to take out the boat. This time, we brought Charlie along!

Charlie Underway

This was his first time on the water for Charlie and considering the way he’s always itching to dive into the pool, I was a little concerned that he’d leap over the side at the first opportunity, but he was great…and really seemed to enjoy the water. And the boys loved having him along…

Alex and Charlie Adam and Charlie

We’re were heading up to Jacksonville and stopped for lunch outside the Naval Air Rework Facility at Jacksonville Naval Air Station. My dad actually worked here for a bit after he retired from the Navy.

Lunch

After lunch, Adam took the wheel for a bit, while Alex and I enjoyed the sunshine.

Adam Drives

Finally, we arrive in Jacksonville. Charlie seems to be having the time of his life!

Charlie in Jax

We took our time coming back, skirting the coastline, and by the time we turned back for the marina, the boys were OUT! And Charlie and I just watched the approaching Marina.

Asleep

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The weather has been so good this weekend and I thought the best way enjoy it was with another day on the water. Today, we departed from the Julington Creek Marina, and with a little throttle the boys soon have a blast maintaining their balance as the boat pops up-and-down. Adam says they’re surfing.

Surfing

So, as we’ve done so many times before, we head up the St John’s to The Jacksonville Landing. Our destination? The ice cream shop! So, scoops all around…and a beer for me. 😉

Surfing

One the way home, the boys got some driving in…

Alex Drives Adam Drives

Okay…now I can go to work tomorrow!

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Summer is in full swing as we hit the water again. Today, the boys got some practice driving the boat! Both did exceptionally well, and look like naturals behind the wheel…

Captain Adam Captain Alex

We had planned to head up the St John’s to have lunch at the Jacksonville Landing, but on the way we encountered a family whose boat was dead in the water. We had just passed under the Buckman Bridge and saw a man waving his arms in distress. I turned our boat in his direction and came up alongside his boat. He explained that his engine had just stopped and asked for a tow to his slip at Doctor’s Lake (which was back the way we came). So, he threw me a line and I tied it off to the back of the boat, then turned back under the Buckman. When we arrived at the marina, we helped him tie-off to the dock and then said our farewells. They we very appreciative and offered some cash, but we refused. After all, it’s not like we had any hard-and-fast plans for the day, and this was really a bit of an adventure.

Anyway, instead of heading back up the river to Jax, we decided to head down Doctor’s Lake to have lunch at Whitey’s Fish Camp. We love Whitey’s! The food is great and the boys always get a kick out of docking at a restaurant to eat.

Leaving Whitey’s…

Leaving Whiteys

Once out on the open water again, the boys once again took the wheel, and Cindy and I just kicked-back and enjoyed the ride.

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