As promised, here are some pics of our mini-vacation. St. Augustine is very nice with a lot to do. The history here is just incredible. St. Augustine is the oldest city in our nation. It traded hands between the Spanish, French, and British several times. Battles were fought here, pirates roamed the streets, natives were held prisoner. The fort, Castillo de San Marcos, took 23 years to build. Built entirely of coquina and cut by hand. To me, it's impressive. Here are a few pics of our trip, and I encourage you to get interested in the hstory of our nation.
We started at the KOA which I didn't take any pictures of... hmm. Go figure. Guess I was too sour at this point!? We bypassed the St. Augustine Resort too. Ended up at Holiday Isle, which I can recommend for a decent hotel. Don't have any pics of that either, but trust me, it was a hotel!
We ate that afternoon at Saltwater Cowboys. Wonderful seafood, cold beer. My kind of setting. It's an old fish camp.
Then we hit the beach. It was blowing the entire weekend, which made it impossible to fish. It wasn't as late as it appears in most of the pics, but it was evening.
The second night we ate at The Oasis. It was alright, but there is much better out there. It has a great rep, but I can tell you it's over-rated and too expensive.
Saw this on the ride home.
And saw this while at Fort Matanzas. 900 horsepower, all in 4-stroke Hondas!
Approach to Fort Matanzas, across the Matanzas River. Matanzas means "slaughter" in Spanish.
Ferry to the fort.
View from the dock.
Side view of fort.
Common bunk for soldiers. Average height was 5' 2". You enlisted when you were 12, married at 16. Marriage was mandatory. You drank rum 3times a day. The "cup" looked bigger than a pint, but less than a quart. There were 45 men and 6 dogs crammed into this little room. The Officer slept upstairs in a private room.
Narrow ladder to the top.
Pretty view of Rattlesnake Island.
Bullet holes in the fort.
No battles were fought at Matanzas, and it's a very small fort.
More pics coming up...