Thursday, April 22, 2010
St Augustine, FL The Nation's oldest city
The trip down the ICW from Cocoa to St. Augustine was picturesque, we saw some very large yachts, beautiful homes, an occasional dolphin, lots of fisherman, and the coastguard. The coastguard was pulling boats over and boarding them. We had heard them on the radio, and knew they had boarded the 3 boats behind us, so when we saw them approaching us, we assumed we were next. Not the case, they passed us up and checked out a fishing boat ahead of us. No excitement today.
St. Augustine has existed for 444 years, founded in the 16th century, in 1565. This city has seen endless calamities, including fires, floods, destructive storms, and wars. St Augustine has survived and now flourishes in the 21st century. We took the trolley ride thru the city and got a history lesson as well. The marina is in the heart of the city, right on the ICW, also called the Matanzas River in this stretch. There are numerous restaurants on every street, it's a tough choice where to eat.
A city this old has to have a historic fort, here are some pictures of the Castillo de San Marcos.
Thursday was a chore day, at least for half the day. We had dinner at Harry's, a seafood restaurant, excellent food. A competitive game of putt putt golf rounded out the evening. Tomorrow will be a travel day, the weather should be sunny with temps in the mid 70's, and winds around 5 knots. Tomorrow is also our oldest son's birthday. Happy 31st Birthday Dan!