As per usual, my buddy Punch come up to visit, for it is also the weekend of the Jacksonville Jazz Festival and the Florida Folk Festival and, the Grand Prix of Monaco, the Indianapolis 500 and the Coke 600. In short, the perfect weekend for two gearhead music lovers to hang out, drink martinis, smoke cigars and be entertained by world-class music and auto racing. Having stocked the larder with booze, beer and steaks, we were prepared for anything... we thought.
|Saturday morning and a beautiful day for a stroll on the downtown river walk. The Jazz Festival occurs in the streets of downtown so a quick visit to the local trendy arts/farmer's market seemed in order.|
|Along the way we stopped in to take a look-see at a make-shift sculpture exhibit that included works by some of our friends.|
|Next stop was the Jazz Festival downtown. There are several stages placed around downtown and you simply walk to the acts you wish to see. The festival is free and again, good fun. Saw Bella Fleck and Marcus Roberts do a great eclectic set followed by jazz giant Sonny Rollins. Beautiful day. Everything is rosie. That night we went to a street festival in another part of town. Punch probably has some flicks over at his place.. here.|
|We decided to ride down to Mayport near the ocean Sunday morning to check it out and found all of the shrimp boats in port and battening down. Threatening skies and wind gusts at about 30-40 knots.|
|Spoke to the skipper of the Miss Rosa and asked how bad it was off shore. He said, "Bad enough for me to be here and not there." "So there's a real blow coming?" I asked. He just nodded and went on about his business.|
|The crew and captain, doing all of the work, rolling out another tire to fender the boat against the dock. You can see from the palms that the wind is picking up.|
|Leaning into the wind. There is no weather that will deter fishermen and surfers.|