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On a spring day, we took a drive alongside the St Johns River, starting in
 Jacksonville and working our way south. Florida State Route 13
 follows the river, sometimes hugging it closely.

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Map of St Johns River South of Jacksonville FL

Here is an approximate outline of our journey. We started in the Mandarin neighborhood of Jacksonville and then followed FL Route 13 south. This trip was suggested by our local Sunday newspaper.

The river is quite wide is some locations, and often has a marshy boundary.

Reeds and Marsh Alongside the River

Bridge to Green Cove Springs This bridge that crosses the St Johns River is SR 16, heading towards Green Cove Springs.

The river sediments and flora often present a magical array of colors. Here, at the
 Shands Pier, we found a variety of Autumn colors including yellow, orange, and rust.

Magical Array of Multicolor Water

Bridge at Six Mile Creek

This is the bridge at Six Mile Creek. We found an interesting restaurant here and stayed for a late lunch.

This is the Outback Crab Shack Restaurant as seen from the Six Mile Creek. They have their own dock and people come to eat by means of boats as well as cars. The menu here specializes in sea food, but the platters include alligator. We had a platter of mixed alligator, clams, shrimp, and fish.
"outback crab shack"   

Outback Crab Shack, a Local Eatery

Crab Shack Dock and Six Mile Creek Marina This is the restaurant's dock on the Six Mile Creek.

The Florida Manatee is a protected sea mammal, sort of a sea-cow.
manatee sign "Caution Manatee Area"

Manatee Warning Sign

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