After our week at Flagler Beach we went back up to St Augustine for some more sights and also a concert with the Jacksonville Symphony featuring Paul Galbraith
and his 8-string classic guitar.
A new feature in the town is an exact copy of Michelangelo's
David, cut from the same quarry as the original. It is in a small garden outside the Ripley Museum. He should really be on a higher pedestal, but the good folk in Florida prefer that he preserve his modesty behind a hedge. All you can see from the street is his head and shoulders.A Fruitful Enterprise
How could we pass up the chance to pick some oranges? This orchard is north of Deland - not too far from the Cabbage Patch.
We picked two small bags of juicy temple oranges. We ate or gave away half of them on the way north. We'll remember the sunny day when we have our juice.
We did have a concert in Jacksonville and also a live radio show where we met Liberty Pike
, an exciting bluegrass band from Nashville. They backed us up on one of our songs, Changes
. It was way cool to play with such great musicians.
We spent a few days in White Springs with our friends Walter and Merri. Walter took us out to the only class 3 rapids in Florida, which are on the Suwannee River. The water was down due to the drought. They can be pretty exciting when the river is full.
There were lots of flowers in bloom. The wisteria was full out in White Springs when we were there and these white lillies were along the roads.
While we were in town we helped Walter & Merri get ready for the Wild Azalea Festival. Here is Merri with the purebred wild underbiters in their hippie sweaters.
This was a great little festival with live music, a falconry demonstration and LOTS of barbeque.
We finished up our tour with concerts in Richmond, VA, Pearl River, NY, and Plymouth, MA. As usual we met lots of wonderful people. It's good to be home, but it sure was nice to visit some warm weather!
As we were leaving Richmond we saw the ultimate sign for coffee lovers - $1.99/Gallon for espresso! Eat your heart out, Starbucks!