Road Trip: Jacksonville, FL

While having the summer off from teaching, it was a no brainer for me to take a spontaneous trip.  My friend Donetta, who I nicknamed “Groovy” needed to tie up some loose ends as she relocated back to Louisville.

Jacksonville FL road trip

The Sticks


I have only been to Jacksonville, FL once when I worked for S.A.F.E. Management at Ford Field.  A group of us had the opportunity to attend Super Bowl XXXIX to prepare us for Super Bowl XL in Detroit.

Super Bowl XXXIX

I cannot find the rest of my Super Bowl photos!  I worked Guest Services and saw a ton of celebrities and dignitaries. 


I dipped off on my own to sight see as Groovy handled her business.  Without having much time to plan anything, I just went off Trip Advisor for things to do.  It led me to the Friendship Fountain in the downtown area.

Friendship fountain jax

Friendship Fountain Jacksonville, FL


Downtown jacksonville fl

St Johns River


Next, I went to the oldest oak tree in Jacksonville for a few photos.

Jessie Ball duPont Park

Jessie Ball DuPont Park


Treaty Oak Jax

Treaty Oak Jacksonville, FL


Treaty Oak Jacksonville

Treaty Oak


It rained all day, which is typical for Florida in June.  By the time we made it to Jacksonville Beach the sun was ready to rise in another part of the world.  I’m used to seeing sunsets over the water on the Gulf Coast.  It was awkward to have the sun set behind me on the Atlantic Coast.  The water was very warm with fine sand.

Jax Beach Fishing Pier

Jax Beach Fishing Pier


We linked up with one of Groovy’s teacher friends and decided to grab a bite to eat.  Singleton’s Seafood Shack, which is featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives was closed.  We left the beach area and went to Miller’s Ale House, which is one of my favorite dining spots in Florida.

Miller's Ale House Orange Park FL

Cajun Chicken Pasta & Capt. Jack’s Buried Treasure


Other than that, Jacksonville is a pretty bland city.  As much as I love Florida, Jacksonville is not a place I would want to live.  I’m glad Groovy is back in Louisville!

Kelsie Smoot Donetta Groves

“Groovy” & “Smoothie”-  Donetta has such a warm spirit.  We’ve been friends since my first day of teaching at Job Corps back in 2006.

We must take adventures to know where we truly belong!


About Kelsie Lou

Teacher on the move.
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6 Responses to Road Trip: Jacksonville, FL

  1. Nice pictures I love Treaty Oak and having the skyway for free. Did you get to ride? I’m happy to show you the insiders guide to Jax it’s not bland I promise!

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  2. K E Garland says:

    Awww 😦 I wish I would’ve known you were going to be here. I promise you there’s more to see than just old trees lol 😉


    • KelsieLou says:

      If I wasn’t so busy I could have been there again right now as my friend stopped there to take her son back to FAM. I won’t rule Jax out, until I get a native’s take on what poppin’ down there.😃

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