A little chilly

Trip Start Feb 19, 2010
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Trip End Mar 21, 2010


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Anastasia State Park

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

You may have been wondering why we hadn't posted much at the start of our trip…well we had tried to secure WIFI on a few occasions but the internet would not open. After a few locations we determined that it was our computer, the connection was being made but no access. So while we were here in St Augustine we took the laptop into 'Computer Doctor’, they had us up and running in an hour. We left it in the shop and went down into the historic district onto St George St. We walked about for an hour, saw lots of shops and historic sites. St Augustine is where Ponce De Leon found the Fountain of Youth, however we did not go into the archeological gardens to see the waters. We know that we are young enough and thought we’d leave the waters for those who really need them! Besides, dogs are not welcome everywhere. We then went to a park near the old fort, Castillo De Marcos built in 1672, that was built using quina stone from a quarry that is very near to where we are camping. The fort has a base that is 16’ wide and is 33’ feet high, thick enough to withstand bombardment by old cannon balls. We strolled by Flagler College, heard there are Tiffany windows in there, but again, no dogs allowed inside. The building itself was formerly a luxury resort built in 1888, and is now a liberal arts college. A lot of the old buildings we have seen remind us of the architecture and buildings that we saw in New Orleans several years back. We had lunch on the waterfront in the Santa Maria Restaurant, out on a long pier. We had shrimp and scallops and squid, all very yummy, washed down with an ‘almost’ local beer. While waiting for your meal, they give you day old bread to feed the seagulls through these little hatch doors near the windows. So watching the birds was entertaining, like a scene out of Alfred Hitchcock. We waited for them to start pecking at the window and you know how that story goes….. Then it was a drive out to a store called ‘Camping World’, near a huge outlet mall and we actually did not go shopping there. At Campers’ World the old Westy looked a little out of place amongst all those big RV rigs, but we just smiled at them. (You know, that Canadian smile!) Big spenders that we are, we spent $3.99 at the RV/camping store. (Have to support the American economy, you know!)  Back over to the island and the campground, Jon chatted with another VW camper owner from Quebec, funny how Westy owners sort of sniff each other out, while I posted our travels at Oyster Joe’s. The clouds have rolled in and it is rainy, so into the van for the evening. Magggie has made a nest for herself in the back of the van where we keep all the bedding, comforters, etc…..she heads back there every night and looks very content and comfortable. Tomorrow it is off to Flagler Beach and the Roger Gamble Park for 4 nights of camping there. Dogs are allowed on the beach there, so that will be fun for them. Tomorrow, the 25th is also Chad’s birthday, so Happy Birthday!! Then the next day it is Jonathan’s birthday. More Happy Birthdays. (Editor’s Note: Maybe Jonathan should have visited the Fountain of Youth!)
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