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The two RV Gypsies in Jacksonville, Florida
October 24, 2014

USA map showing location of FloridaFlorida map showing location of Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Skyway is a people mover in Jacksonville, Florida. An automated monorail train, it is operated by the Jacksonville Transportation Authority. Opening in 1989 with three stations in Downtown Jacksonville the Skyway has been extended in 1996, 1998, and 2000, following a conversion from Matra technology to Bombardier equipment. The system currently comprises two routes across 2.5-mile of track, serving eight stations and crosses the St. Johns River on the Acosta Bridge. There is currently no fare to ride the Skyway.

Jacksonville Skyway Tram
Jacksonville Skyway Tram sign
Jacksonville Skyway Tram
Lee Duquette on the Jacksonville Skyway Tram
view from Jacksonville Skyway Tram
view from Jacksonville Skyway Tram

Jacksonville is the largest city in the Florida by population and the largest city by area in the contiguous United States, and the 13th most populous city in the United States. Jacksonville is centered on the banks of the St. Johns River, about 25 miles south of the Georgia state line and about 340 miles north of Miami. The Jacksonville Beaches communities are along the adjacent Atlantic coast.

hstory bookThe area was originally inhabited by the Timucua people, and in 1564 was the site of the French colony of Fort Caroline, one of the earliest European settlements in what is now the continental United States. Under British rule, settlement grew at the narrow point in the river where cattle crossed, known as Wacca Pilatka to the Seminole and Cowford to the British. A platted town was established there in 1822, and named after Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States.

Jacksonville is a major military and civilian deep-water port. Its riverine location facilitates two U.S. Navy bases and the Port of Jacksonville, Florida's third largest seaport. Tourism is important to the Jacksonville area, particularly tourism related to golf. People from Jacksonville can be referred to as either "Jacksonvillians" or "Jaxons".

Jacksonville Landing

panorama of The Jacksonville Landing

Karen Duquette and the John T Alsop Bridge as seen from Jacksonville Landing  and Acosta Bridge. John T. Alsop, Jr. (1887 – May 12, 1958) was an American politician. He served as Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida from 1923 to 1937, and again from 1941 to 1945. His eighteen-year, seven term stint in the mayor's office is the longest in the city's history. Jacksonville's Main Street Bridge, officially the John T. Alsop, Jr. Bridge, is named for him.

Karen Duquette at The Jacksonville Landing
The Jacksonville Landing

The Acosta Bridge

A flower

view from The Jacksonville Landing
parorama view from The Jacksonville Landing

Jacksonville Landing is a 126,000 square foot shopping, tattoo, dining, clubbing, and historic museum complex in downtown Jacksonville. It was built by the Rouse Company at a cost of $37.5 million and opened in 1987.

The Jacksonville Landing
The Jacksonville Landing

The two RV Gypsies ate lunch at Fionn MacCool’s Irish Restaurant & Pub along the beautiful St. Johns River, with authentic Irish food, and a friendly atmosphere.

Fionn MacCool’s Irish Restaurant
Fionn MacCool’s Irish Restaurant
food at Fionn MacCool’s Irish Restaurant
food at Fionn MacCool’s Irish Restauran

The two RV Gypsies took a water taxi across the St. John's River. Seniors cost $5 a person for a round trip.

water taxi
Lee Duquette on the water taxi
view from the water taxi
captain on the water taxi
view fromt he water taxi
view fromt he water taxi
view fromt he water taxi
view fromt he water taxi

The two RV Gypsies saw a lot of dolphins while on the water taxi.

dolphin jumping
dolphin jumping
dolphin jumping
dolphin jumping

Birds in the water

Menu for the two RV Gypsies
in Florida
October 23 - November 1, 2014
You may visit these 11 sections in any order you choose.

Jacksonville, Jacksonville Landing, & dolphins

Friendship Park, Jessie Ball Dupont Park
& the famous Live Oak Tree

Pecan Park RV Resort in Jacksonville - & alligators

Jacksonville Beach

Fernandina Beach / Amelia Island Lighthouse

St. Augustine Pier & Lighthouse

Fort Matanzas National Monument

St. Augustine Sculpture Garden at Lakeside Park

Suwannee River Rendezvous RV Park in Mayo, FL

canoeing the Suwannee River in Mayo, FL

Blue Spring State Park & St. Johns River Cruise

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go to the next adventure of the two RV GypsiesAFTER you have seen all of the above sections, please continue on to the Norwegian Getaway radio station cruise to the Caribbean.