St. Augustine

Bill and I have spent the last week in St. Augustine. St. Augustine is one of the prettiest places in Florida and the place with the most history. I find Florida pretty lacking in historically interesting things. In Orlando if it is not Disney there is no history of it. Luckily St. Augustine makes up for all the others.

St. Augustine is the oldest continuously active European settlement in the United States of America. The natives, the Timucuans, lived here for 3,000 to 4,000 years before the settlers moved in. The history of this area is quite fascinating.

We visited the “Fountain of Youth” park where they discovered the remains of one of the first European built communities and the site where Ponce de Leon landed back nearly 500 years ago. We stopped by the 2 National Parks in the area (National Parks week brings out all kinds of people). The Castillo, which is a big semi-castle, and the Fort that is a small structure that warded off ships that would try to attack the area.

Castillo de San Marcos

Castillo de San Marcos

 

Fort Matanzas

Fort Matanzas

We walked the 219 steps up the St. Augustine Lighthouse to see a beautiful view. Did you know lighthouses are painted differently so ships will be able to identify where they are just by looking at them? I didn’t know that. You learn something new everyday.

St. Augustine Lighthouse

St. Augustine Lighthouse

Spent a couple days on the beach enjoying the warm ocean waters and soft salty sand. We have seen dozens of different kinds of birds osprey, eagles, cardinals, seagulls, pelicans, etc. Wandered through historic St. Augustine through the little stores and ice cream shops. Yum

Time to move further north. It has been a little warm here and with 30 Amp power that acts like 20 Amp means no A/C this week. Time to move somewhere with better power.

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