. We were the lucky ones. We listened to a reinactment guy for awhile who was posing as a Spanish Nobel. We left part way through that to go see the canon firing demonstration. The two guys provided all sorts of information (which seemed like forever since we were out in the cloudy, sunless, open spaces, next to the water). They fired a 75 caliber gun and the canon.
Next we took our car to the trolley place, got our stickers, then Miles and I jumped off at Stop 3 and everyone else got off at Stop 7. We saw the Oldest Wooded school house, and stopped back by the wine shop to try a couple other varities. We met up perfectly with them at stop 7 and walked down the pedestrian street popping in and out of stores and jumped back on the trolley at around stop 14. It was near the time of the last trolley so we wore all the way back to the depot at the Old Jail. We drove to try to find somewhere to eat. We ended up just eating at Wendy's I got a double junior bacon cheeseburger, and a potato. Miles had the Baja salad which was basically salad, fritos, and chili with Red Jalapeno dressing. We has so much time to kill so we sat around, then we drove to the beach at night. We actually drove down onto Vilano beach. I think this was my first experience with taking our vehicle onto a beach. We got some pictures in the headlights with Stephanie's camera, and I tried to see shells with my cell phone lumination. After that we went to look at the lights in town
. We drove around but there were lots of traffic lights, and traffic, so we decided to just get to Ripley's early. Stephanie got a really cool book for Ripley's for only $15. We tried to see if we could get on the 8:00 Ghost train tour but it was sold out, so we continued to kill time until the 8:30. I taught the group how to play the game " I'm going to the moon." Finally we got a ghost meter and a disposable 35 mm camera. There were some instructions then we were off on the Ghost train. Our first stop had us walking down the oldest street in St. Augustine to the Old Spanish Hospital. I captured something weird on my camera, but not sure what it was...probably just a camera malfunction. He told us stories of the beds moving, the doors opening and closing on a regular basis, and a wooden cross being broken. Then we stood in a courtyard area and the guide talked about a woman aparition who is often seen, perhaps gardening. Next, we went right next door to the apothicary (place where medicines are mixed, not sure on the spelling). I did not capture any weird images or spikes on my ghost meter. We boarded the train and drove past one cemetery on our way to the Old Drug Store. Bev got a lot of activity on her ghost meter near a student desk. The guide told us about a story of "sensitives" who came in (sensitives are people who sense things, or have feeling that others don't) The woman was able to give all sorts of details about a gentleman in a suit even though no one was there. The boy was just laughing
. He wanted to prove to everyone that something was there. He had a bouncy ball, so he put it on the counter and kept asking the "ghosts" to move the ball so show his self. After about 2 minutes of pleading the ball started rolling along the counter. I guess that everyone was really freaked out. Unfortunately, we did not have a similar experience. We walked across the road to another cemetery Tolomato, which is said to be very active. They have been seeing orange glowing lights around many of the tombstones lately. We did not go to the fort for part of this tour but I was suprised to learn that hundreds of soldiers are buried there only 18 inches deep. Our last stop was back at Ripley's where we got to go to the second and third floors. We watched video footage of several unexplained things. Two women died in the castle, and while it was supposedly smoke inhalation, many think it was murder and that those two women, as well as a male witness might be haunting the place. During the Great Depression the castle sat empty for around 15 years. Homeless people and devil worshipers did things in the castle, leaving some people to think that some sort of portal was opened. I had to go to the bathroom really bad, so we stopped at Walgreens on the way back. We got to eat more of Bev's delicious cookies. Bev thought that someone had preheated the oven for her, when actually we had never shut it off from the pizza rolls at lunch...oops! We drank more wine slushes and played Hoopla. Luke guessed one from the other room which was pretty funny. Dad decided that he officially hated the game. We played a game of Toss up then went to bed.
Everyone was originally going to get up a little early today. We were going to do pancakes around 8, then leave for town, come back, then go back to town. I am glad that we decided instead to go into town around 1:00 and just stay there until our ghost tour at 8:30. Miles made pancakes and my belly was full by 9:00 am. By 10:30 we were on the tennis courts for a rematch. This time it was 6-2 and then they gave us a scare at 7-5. Bev played best two of three games against Luke and Miles while I ordered the ghost train tickets. We ate lunch which consisted of salsa/chips, turkey sandwiches, and pizza rolls. We loaded up and went to check out Vilano Beach with Dad, Luke and Miles. There was a whole section of beach that was shells. We met Bev and Stephanie a little while later at the Fountain of Youth. I think that $8.50 each was a bit overpriced, but we did get to drink from the fountain of youth. And I can say that I thought the water was totally gross! Then we saw a peacock with its feathers fully up. They said it was only the second time in the month of December that a male peacock had its feathers up