On our last update before our 1 year review we mentioned we had arrived in St. Augustine Florida on Friday 11/8/13. We pretty much hung around camp on Friday and tried to heal so no need to talk about that.
Friday night between Diane’s toe and my back it was a rough one for both of us. Diane tried to rig up some sort of tent under the covers to keep them from touching her smashed toe and every time I would move I was in pain and woke up numerous times by my back pain. So Saturday morning we had a very slow start to the day LOL!!
We did however finally decide to jump in the Jeep and headed out to explore. We headed straight downtown where of course we want to explore the most. As soon as we reached it we were greeted with stop and go traffic, foot traffic that was overflowing off the sidewalks and the apparent lack of places to park.
It turned out there was a Pirate type event going on which drew a huge crowd and combined with it being a holiday weekend the place was a zoo!!
We soon decided to hold off on downtown until Monday when we were certain the crowds would be subsided. So we headed out of town for a drive through the country side. It seems we tend to kick back on the weekends and enjoy sightseeing on weekdays when it is less crowded.
We had hoped to drive along the beach and enjoy the views because walking on them with Diane’s open wound on her toe was not going to happen. But unfortunately after driving miles and miles along the coastline we were only able to catch a couple brief glimpses of the water. Housing is so tight along the shore that the ocean is all blocked from the road.
Even without the view of the ocean we enjoyed our drive.
Sunday morning when coming back from a walk we noticed a couple people by our RV as we approached. It turned out to be Daune & Chris. They are members of the Tiffin Forum that I frequent and knew we were in town and came by to visit!!
It was a very pleasant surprise and we enjoyed meeting and chatting with them a lot. They now live in St Augustine and gave us a few tips about the area and other places in Florida. Hopefully we will have a chance to meet up again. They have an RV and travel a number of months throughout the year.
After our visit we went for another drive and picked up some dog food for Jack. So he is set for another month. Lucky boy.
Monday 11/11/13 we were pretty excited to head back downtown so we set the alarm for 6:30 to get a jump on the day. We were able to get through our morning routine and made it to the Old Town Trolley stop to purchase our tickets shortly after nine.
The trolley tickets are a much better deal here in St. Augustine than they were in Savannah. They cost $23 each here and they are good for 5 days!!! Compared to the $27 each in Savannah that were only good for one day it’s an exceptional deal!! Plus you can park in their lot for free and not worry about it.
Once we jumped on the trolley we rode the entire narrated loop and Diane made notes of which stops were most interesting to us. One problem,,, there are a lot of things of interest in St. Augustine so her list was long LOL!!!
We spent 6 hours touring on Monday and then another 6 hours on Tuesday and still have a couple things left we want to see.
Around 1 o’clock we decided to grab some lunch so we stopped at the Florida Cracker. We ended up sitting at the bar to eat. While waiting for our food we talked with Alex, our waiter, and found out he was about to pack up his chickens, goats and bee’s and move to Nevada and start up a farm.
While talking about growing his own food Diane asked if he had heard of Vermicomposting. And it turned out that he has Red Wiggler worms and is very interested in it!!! Diane and her friend Sheryl had a small business while we had the sticks and brick and sold worm castings to a couple retail stores.
What’s the odds of running into someone like that??!! I got a pretty good kick out of listening to them go on and on about worms and they had a good time as well. In fact the food started building up in the window by the time Alex realized it LOL!!
Anyway we had a very good meal and then said our so longs to Alex and went on our way.
St. Augustine is another one of those places that there would be no way to put the entire experience on paper, so we will share some picture and a couple links that you can go to if you’re interested.
And we took soooo many pictures it’s very hard to narrow them down to just a few to show on the blog. We must have 50 pictures of the College and the fort alone!!!
One thing was pretty apparent. There seems to be a little history battle between St Augustine and Jamestown on who was the first city in the USA LOL!! We have head story after story about how St Augustine was settled in 1565, 42 years before Jamestown and 55 years before Plymouth.
Once again we will bombard you with pictures LOL!!
I will say that St Augustine has made it to our favorites list for sure!! And we really enjoyed walking around taking in the sights. This is one stop that was high on our list of places to visit when we hit the road. Scratch another one off the bucket list!!
We are going to hang around St Augustine until Friday when we will pack up and head to Seffner just outside of Tampa.
The temps are supposed to cool down until then and a little threat of rain is in the forecast so I don’t know for sure just what we will do. I know we want to wash the coach and give Jack a bath for sure. So there may not be much to update until after we get to our next spot.