I stop by the welcome center in Jacksonville, an impressive building staffed with hospitality personnel and cool beverages (orange juice and grapefruit juice). This place really knows how to welcome visitors. Honestly, all they need is some music and chips and they've got themselves a party!
Brochures for every possible thing you ever want to do under 'their' sun is harbored here and each is neatly organized by region on a 40'+ wall.
Kitt and I both drink up, then veer off highway 95 to coastal route A1A.
Sourcing over 70% of the country's supply of orange juice comes with a price... having to build your home on stilts! The list of hurricanes affecting Florida since recorded history exceeds 480, more than any other U.S. state. Only 18 hurricane seasons have passed, since 1851, without damage being inflicted.
In additional to great tasting citrus, Florida's coastal waters have additional advantages as well. I don't think I've previously mentioned, but I'm a "fish taco Christopher Colombus", opportunistically on a mission to discover the 'best' fish tacos. My standards are high to be sure but Florida meets the entry requirements so I stop off at Johnny D's in Flagler Beach.
I might as well go back to Palos after eating these tacos as I do believe there are no better. These are the "gold and spice" standard, the "westward route to asia" of fish tacos. In short, the BEST tacos I've ever had, meeting all of my check list requirements.
With tummy and beach front camping sites full, I head inland to spend the night at Tomoko State Park, a 1,800 acre facility located on the Tomoko River, 3 miles from Ormond Beach.
I check in, get settled, then plan my exploration of some of those 1,800 acres for tomorrow.