If you haven’t noticed, it’s been a while since I’ve posted, so I apologize. I’ve been slammed at work, and I’ve also been working hard to meet the 50 percent deadline on my new book, Abandoned Drag Strips. I met my deadline, so my wife and I celebrated with a trip to Jacksonville Beach, Florida. We actually planned the trip a few months ago, but it turned out to be great timing for this half-way point celebration. Anyway, we left from Dayton at about 6:30am on Wednesday so we’d have plenty of time to do stuff once we got to Florida. Jacksonville isn’t a huge destination for many people, but we love the area and had a very good time.
The main goal of this vacation was to clear my mind, and try not to think too much about work or any of my freelance stuff. Fortunately, we had plenty of things planned, so we stayed fairly busy. We visited the Jacksonville Zoo, which was very nice, and ate a bunch of good food during out trip, including Dale Earnhardt Jr’s Whiskey River Bar and Grill. We also drove up to Amelia Island for a day of fun on what seemed to be a very lonely beach. We went to downtown Fernandina Beach and checked out the various shops, and ate a very good Mexican restaurant called Peppers. Good. Food.
Thoughout all the fun, we watched the NASCAR qualifying races at Daytona, as well the Truck Series race, which were very exciting to watch. NASCAR’s new package for restrictor plate tracks seems to be working well, so we’ll see how it goes for the Daytona 500, which was unfortunately postponed because of rain. I guess I could go into detail about our trip, but I’ll let the pictures do the talking, and work my way back into reality.