The Oldest This and the Oldest That

Trip Start Jun 03, 2008
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Trip End Aug 12, 2008


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Monday, June 23, 2008

We got a little bit of a late start but went over to Castillo De San Marcos along the Matnzas Bay.  This is the fort originally built by the Spanish to protect the city of St. Augustine.  They had people in costume that set the canons off over the bay.  They were loud enough Ellen missed the photo because she jumped.  We enjoyed the history and made our way over to the town.  We found the Oldest schoolhouse and the Oldest drugstore and we made our way down St. George St. looking in stores for a sun dress for Audrey.  She had become crazed to find a new dress.  We couldn't find one that she was interested in and made our way over to Rendezvous for a beer.  There are over 500 bottled beers from around the world to choose from.  We toasted our friends from Orlando and thought of them fondly as we sipped our lagers (Nostradamus and Satan) and had a bite to eat.  The kids ate just enough to earn a gelatto of various flavors.  (More than diesel gas).  We were in search of the Oldest House in the Oldest town.  We passed Old Tyme Photo.  We weaved our way around the multitude of trolly's giving Old Ghost Story Rides.  It was towards the end of the day when we finally found it and the last tour to the Oldest house had already left.  The kids were overjoyed.  We enjoyed the Old time architecture throughout the Old town.  As we made our way through the various streets, we decided to look for the letters in the kids names in architectural elements only.  It seems that Y is the most difficult to find.  We took pictures of all the letters so we could put them together as a art piece when we return. 

It was getting late in the day and looking at the town was getting Old and we still wanted to go to the beach.  We decided to go to the pier and check it out.  There was a $.50 charge per person to walk on the Old pier.  There were people taking strolls but mostly there were mobs of Old people fishing.  They were catching fish called Dunk.  Huh?  Anyway, suddenly a line went zing and there was a large fish on a line.  He fought it hard for over 10 minutes.  We caught a glimpse of it and they thought it was a 70lb Tarpon.....but it got away.  Yes, I know an Old fish story.  The men at the end of the pier also caught a small 7" shark, not so Old.  Who knew they came that small.  Clarkism, "Kids did you know that if you rub a thrashing shark's nose it will go to sleep?"  The man who caught the shark showed us how it works.  We all had a nice time on the pier and we made our way to the notorious Wings.  The store that has "everything for free" including hermit crabs and is still open at 10pm on Sunday night!  We talked the kids out the hermit crab, but Audrey did finally find her sun dress and Rusty a boogie board.  Hurray! 

Exhausted we returned to the Old RV feeling kind of Old ourselves and turned in for a early rise.  We didn't get it all in and we were going to leave the next day.

Oh yes, we forgot to mention that we got fished!  Our friends know of a story that we dislike the fish people put on their cars, etc. Generally speaking, we find they aren't the most courteous drivers.  (Of course, Clark could give you a much more detailed version of the story.)  So the Krisans have this thing about sending them to us as a joke.  They fished Monica.  We found 2 fish on the back of the RV in Cassadaga.  Nice try guys!
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