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St. Augustine, Florida

We worked this morning until checkout time at Fort Wilderness/Disney and headed for St. Augustine.


St. Augustine is the oldest city in the continental United States (founded in 1565). There's a TON of good information about St. Augustine here on its Wikipedia page if you want to dive in and learn some stuff. 

We got here in the afternoon, worked some more, and then headed into town to explore a little while it was still light out. We went to the Castillo de San Marcos first and walked around the grounds a bit. 


The grassy area is where the moat goes:




The walls are all made of a stone called coquina, Spanish for "small shells". It's basically ancient shells that have bonded together to form a type of stone similar to limestone. It looks like this, and after walking around town a bit we noticed that it's pretty much everywhere:


They've also got a hotshot furnace used to heat cannonballs to fire at wooden enemy ships. Sneaky!



It was a gorgeous evening out. We walked over to St. George Street, which is mostly a pedestrian (tourist) area but it wasn't too crowded and had a pretty mellow vibe. Here's a little of what it looks like:



We walked past Flagler College, the Lightner Museum, and a bunch of cool old buildings. We ate dinner at a cafe called The Floridian. We had cornflake-encrusted flouder with a cilantro lime compound butter, shrimp over stone-ground polenta cakes and veggies, and it was all good.

Now we're back at our campground…oh yeah, we're staying here:


It's a little on the expensive side, but full hookups, near the water…  It feels a little rustic (dirt roads, dirt spots) but our spot is huge and level and we have great AT&T and Verizon service.

Tomorrow we head for Savannah. The motor in the Airstream bathroom's vent fan died today (it was kind of a slow death, but today was the last gasp) so I ordered another one and it'll be shipped to the UPS Store in Savannah by Friday so we'll replace as soon as we get it. Doesn't seem like it'll be too hard (especially since we've already taken it apart now).

I still need to do some more research and make some plans for Savannah things to see and do. Okay. I'm gonna get on that. Later.