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There’s plenty to do in St. Augustine

By Patty Hooley

We headed out to St. Augustine around 11 a.m. so we could get lunch there and then tour around the city. To find  a launching point, we set the GPS for a random restaurant in the old part of the city just to get us there.

Once we got into the old city, we turned off the GPS navigation and started to look for a place to park. There were a few places on the street, but the streets were very narrow and our truck is not, so we opted for a pay parking lot.  The pay parking lot wasn’t bad at just $6 for the day.

We parked just behind the Lighter Museum, which had a city tour bus stop. Across the street we saw a store front advertising that they sold tickets to the tour city tram as well as other tour stuff.  So off we went to get tickets for a city tour.

Lightner Museum grounds
Lightner Museum grounds
Old hotel in St Augustine
Old hotel in St Augustine

The city tour trams are long rubber-tired trains that you can hop off and then get back on a programmed route around the city.  The cost for the tour tram was $29 a person so we bought two tickets and we were on our way.

When we got to the waterfront on the Atlantic Ocean we hopped off so we could get some lunch.  Patty had done some research and found a restaurant that she thought we would like.  O.C. White’s was across the street from the ocean and had outside seating so that made it a good one for us.

Time for lunch!
Time for lunch
This may be OC White
This may be OC White

As we were waiting for our food, I checked the weather on my phone and saw that a large storm was barreling into us. This storm was so close that it looked like it would be on us before the food got to us.  We were sitting under a trellis with loads of plants that would not hold back very much rain so we moved to a table with an umbrella.

I didn’t think that this would be very much protection from a thunderstorm but it would be better than the trellis.

The storm finally arrived until we were in the middle of the meal and it came down fast and very hard.  We put up our umbrellas along with the large one from the restaurant to no avail, we were still getting very wet!  We made a run for it to the indoor part of the restaurant and finished the meal there.

As with most Florida thunderstorms it only lasted 30 minutes or so and then the sun came out and also raised the humidity.

Horse water fountain
Horse water fountain

 

Oldest house in St. Augustine
Oldest house in St. Augustine

 

Oldest tree in St Augustine, over 200 years old
Oldest tree in St Augustine, over 200 years old
Fort Castillo De San Marcos
Fort Castillo De San Marcos
This is where the Fountain of Youth is. We didn't go in as they wanted around $20 each to see it.
This is where the Fountain of Youth is. We didn’t go in as they wanted around $20 each to see it.
Ponce De Leon waving to us
Ponce De Leon waving to us

After lunch we did a little shopping at the little shops in the old town and had some gelato for dessert.  We got back on the tour tram and finished the tour of the city.  The tour, lunch, and the shopping took us about five hours.

We could easily have spent twice that amount of time there as we only saw the outside of the attractions from the tram.  The five hours we spent was all we needed for this city though.  It’s a pretty city with a lot of history, but it just wasn’t on our top list of places to see so the tour was enough for us.

Saturday, we walked over to the flea market which is attached to our RV park.  We went just after the market opened a 9 a.m., so we would have enough time to finish and then drive north to Amelia Island for dinner.

The flea market wasn’t the largest we have been to, but it did have a lot of stuff we liked.  That meant that we ended up purchasing a lot.

A flea market sign
A flea market sign

Flea markets are weird that way, you buy stuff for just a few dollars here and there, and before you know it, you have spent all of the money in your wallet.  Anyway, that is what happen to us on this shopping trip.

When making the last purchase, flip flops, Patty had to claim poverty and she got a $3 discount because that was all of the cash we had.  Okay, time to reload the wallet and head north to Amelia Island.

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