Monday, March 30, 2009

St Augustine

What a great day we had yesterday in St Augustine. As many of you may know, it is the oldest continuously populated town in the continental US. Ponce De Leon landed here in 1513 (as he did many places along the Florida coast). The town was settled by Spanish solders in 1595. There is a beautiful Catholic Church that was built in the 1600's but the congregation dates from 1595 .
There is an amazing Spanish fort (the Castillo de San Marcos) that was also built in the 1600s that actually has a moat and a drawbridge. Donnie was just amazed. He said he thought that those were something made up by Disney. They actually fired one of the canons
from the top of it while we were there.
The town itself is so cool. Tiny little streets ... that were not meant for a 3/4 ton diesel truck. All of the little old buildings have shops and art galleries in them. We went on a trolley tour of the town since we didn't have much time. We would have like to have stayed an extra day or two but I couldn't get any reservations here. The town sort of reminded me of Santa Fe, New Mexico with the town centered around a central plaza.

To top things off, we saw dolphins playing out in the river and ate a wonderful seafood dinner (can you tell we really like seafood?). Our camping spot is just gorgeous with big live oaks all around. We would like to come back here and spend more time.

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