Monday, April 22, 2013

St. Augustine, FL

March 28-31, 2013

We spent 3 1/2 days enjoying this lovely old city, docked at the municipal marina right next to the famous Bridge of Lions. St. Augustine is the oldest city in the United States.  It was founded in 1565, 42 years before Jamestown and 55 years before Plymouth Rock.

Memories of St. Augustine:

  • Taking the Red Train tour around town. VERY touristy in parts, but also a lot of beautiful old buildings and sights
  • Shared meals with Looper friends, including Proud Lady and Second Wind. Also Charlotte and Stephen (Jackets II) who have completed their Loop, but stopped to have lunch with us on their drive north from Ft. Pierce (where Jackets was docked) to home in Jacksonville for Easter.
  • Lots of bike riding
  • Castillo de San Marcos
  • Another huge farmers’ market
  • The impressive rookery of wild birds nesting at the Alligator Farm – the alligators were pretty impressive, too, including two albinos (The birds come to nest there because the alligators below keep raccoons, snakes and other tree-climbing predators away)
  • Easter service at the oldest Presbyterian church in Florida, the beautiful Memorial Presbyterian, built by Henry Flagler in memory of his daughter

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Next: A trip down memory lane for us, though Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Mayport and on to Fernandina Beach, our last stop in Florida

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