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Unread 06-18-2012, 06:44 PM   #3331
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Holy crap! Sounds like y'all didnt really need a place to sleep. Did u ever stop? Glad y'all had a great time! And late happy fathers day!
Gido- we were constantly going, and I am dead-dog tired! Better yet, the KIDS are dead-dog tired!

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It looks darn good to me.

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Life would be so different without you Bill! Once again, you have come to my rescue. I'll get a check in the mail. Please tell your buddy "many thanks".



Trip pics coming up...

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Unread 06-18-2012, 07:28 PM   #3332
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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.


Officer's 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...
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Unread 06-18-2012, 07:57 PM   #3333
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Castillo de San Marcos is a BIG fort! Lots of work went into it. LOTS of history happened here. Lots of people died here from several nations. The Native Americans suffered the most, but the strongest ruled. St. Augustine is the city that was built here as a result of the Spanish settling. The fort came later. St. Augustine was pillaged and razed before the fort was ever constructed. Spanish, French, and British competed over ownership, and pirates frequented the town. There were so many people here on the day we visited it was nearly impossible to get pics without them, and the fort is so large that you can't get a perspective. There are many rooms originally used as housing and food storage. The fort is built of coquina rock, which is formed from the Coquina. The Coquina is a small bi-valve that burrows in the beach sand. Another name is Periwinkle. Over time, compression causes the minerals in the shell to bond to one another, and the rock layer is formed. It stratified and the layers are easily seen. It proved to be durable against the cannonball, although it's a brittle rock. The British pounded the fort for 51 days and finally left. Every night, the Spanish would run out in the cover of darkness, cut out the damage stone, and replace it. the British thought the rock regenerated, and they became demoralized and left. That is the account of one incident between the Brits and Spaniards.

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Sign at entrance and my handsome boys!


Walkway in and drawbridge. This is over the dry moat. No water was ever kept in it. During a seige, the livestock were kept here. The Spaniards could slaughter a cow without getting shot by the invading force.


One of the Rangers in period clothing. They have to buy their own uniforms. They are expensive! They have standard issue uniforms too, but they rotate wearing the period clothes.


The fort had 77 cannons.


Random pics.
This is a view of the Catholic Church in the background. Beautiful architecture.


And these are spires but I don't know what building.


Other random pics...





Another Ranger giving us some more detail. One exterior wall is riddled with bullet holes. I asked if it was where the soldiers performed executions. The Ranger said it is where the soldiers held target practice and also unloaded their rifles before entering the fort.


This is a room worthy of mention! Rough life back then...


You pooped through the hole and dumped water down on top of it. Then the tide came in and flushed everything away! The tide runs on a 6 hour cycle. I bet that was a stinking place during the summer months!



We have more pics if you want to see them. I hope you enjoyed the tour!
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Unread 06-18-2012, 08:00 PM   #3334
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Great pics! And your son min the red shirt is a spitting image of you-- "mini me"!!!
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Unread 06-18-2012, 08:03 PM   #3335
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Great pics! And your son min the red shirt is a spitting image of you-- "mini me"!!!
He and Clay got my ears!! He also got my nose! Poor kid...
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Unread 06-18-2012, 08:40 PM   #3336
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Great pictures Scott, the first fort was small, imagine sleeping in that room In Augest . I don't know if you are up on 4 stroke out boards. Our rescue boat has 2 200 HP. 4 stroke Mercs. They can be sync'ed with a push of a button on the consul.

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Looks like a Great trip Brother! I cant wait till we head out on ours. We already have 2 jeeps rented for a day of trail riding!
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Unread 06-18-2012, 10:54 PM   #3338
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Great trip, Scott. And, along with your pictures and narration, I feel as though I went on a trip there. Thanks!

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Unread 06-22-2012, 08:20 AM   #3339
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Where is the button that takes this thing off pause? Stupid remote.
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Unread 06-22-2012, 08:40 AM   #3340
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Where is the button that takes this thing off pause? Stupid remote.
Either the batteries are dead or maybe a 3b rolled over it.
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Unread 06-22-2012, 10:17 AM   #3341
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lol the 3B prolly just ate the dang remote
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Looks like a Great trip Brother! I cant wait till we head out on ours. We already have 2 jeeps rented for a day of trail riding!
Where you going MoC??

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Great trip, Scott. And, along with your pictures and narration, I feel as though I went on a trip there. Thanks!

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Cool! I wonder if I can make money doing that?

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Where is the button that takes this thing off pause? Stupid remote.
Operator error!! Actually, waiting on the new dash to arrive. MoC is sending us another to replace the "welding error" Clay had with his old dash. Once it gets here, I'll finish painting it and the grill.

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Either the batteries are dead or maybe a 3b rolled over it.
I think they are dead batteries, or he lost it!

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lol the 3B prolly just ate the dang remote
I expect it will eat one thing for sure, and that's $$!!
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I expect it will eat one thing for sure, and that's $$!!

What jeep doesn't eat $$$?
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Skipper the She Gator has issued a decree (I think she and the Bulldog AKA Squaw communicate telepathically)

Quit farting around and get Clays Jeep done before he is an old man with a college degree, married and with numerous little Skippers runing about!!

Hey dont get mad at me I am only the messenger.
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Skipper the She Gator has issued a decree (I think she and the Bulldog AKA Squaw communicate telepathically)

Quit farting around and get Clays Jeep done before he is an old man with a college degree, married and with numerous little Skippers runing about!!

Hey dont get mad at me I am only the messenger.
The messenger's dead meat... I only spare the piano player!

Night before last... we ordered the new harnesses (3 point), windshield frame to glass seal, new cowl seal, new stop light switch. The rest of the stuff we'll pick up locally.

What happened to Morris' discount with Forum9??? Also, headed to orthopedic doctor to find out what's up with my leg.
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