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Beach banality

June 13, 2012

On my way back to Durham, N.C., from Tallahassee, Fla., I stopped at the beach.

After searching the web for the ideal beach to visit near the state capital, I got a brain wave: Jacksonville is on the coast. Jacksonville has beaches. And Jacksonville is approximately three hours closer to my destination than Tallahassee or any Gulf of Mexico beach near Tallahassee.

So around 9:30 a.m. Monday, I headed east from my motel and kept on going until I hit the Interstate 295 loop around Jacksonville. Some maneuvering delivered me to Heckscher Drive on the city’s east side, where I paused by the St. John’s river ferry. In fact, I parked in the lot of a bar I mistook for a restaurant.

But when I walked in and asked what they had for lunch, I was told I was in a liquor store. I walked out with a bag of potato chips and a can of soda. Then I drove to the gas station across the street and picked up two pouches of trail mix, a chocolate bar and a large bottle of water. There was some confusion on my part as I searched for an ice cream sandwich, which I thought I had seen advertised on the iceboxes outside the convenience store. In fact, the iceboxes were for bags of ice; the store had no ice cream due to one of its coolers being broken. Read the rest of this entry »

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