St. Augustine and the GPS

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The GPS is a great tool and helps to get you where you are going–most of the time. When we bought our new Subaru, we wanted a built-in GPS. It works but has some issues. For example, sometimes when I try to enter in an address it can’t find it. So luckily we brought the old faithful GPS from Maine. On our day trip to St. Augustine, we had to use the old GPS with the new GPS as a backup. Of course they both failed us. Our plan was to visit four different places in St. Augustine. 1) Anastasia State Park, 2) St. Augustine Lighthouse, 3) Fountain of Youth and 4) El Galeon Tall Ship. It was best in that order because we had Shelby and as we know it is “all about him.” If we got him to the park and tired out, it was better for us when we visited the next three locations.

When the GPS said, “You have arrived at your destination” we looked around and knew we weren’t in the right place. So we went back over the Bridge of Lions and saw the El Galeon Tall Ship in the water. It was crowded and we were not able to stop and view this beautiful ship. Our #4 choice was then done. We set the second GPS to try to find the park and it brought us down what is St. Augustine’s narrowest street in the United States. Sure glad we didn’t have the truck camper! After almost an hour we finally found Anastasia State Park no thanks to the GPS’s.

We took a walk through the nature trail and then went to the beach. Since dogs aren’t allowed on the beach, John and I took turns walking down to the beach to take a look. It was a beautiful beach with white, sandy dunes.

Beautiful dunes on this beach
Beautiful dunes on this beach

 

Walkway to the beach
Walkway to the beach

 

We had a picnic lunch before heading off to #2 destination – St. Augustine Lighthouse. As we were leaving, I took a picture of a turtle. I had to take it quick as he was charging right at me. Guess he was looking for his own lunch.

Turtle charging at me.
Turtle charging at me.

 

The St. Augustine Light Station is an active lighthouse in St. Augustine, Florida. The current lighthouse stands at the north end of Anastasia Island and was built in 1874. There is a tour you can take to climb up the lighthouse. It has 218 stairs and has an expansive view from the top. Unfortunately, we didn’t want to leave Shelby in the car since it was so hot so we opted out of this tour. But I can cross another lighthouse visited and photographed off my list. (To see other lighthouses I have photographed visit this page on my website.)

Top of St. Augustine Light
Top of St. Augustine Light

 

St. Augustine Light
St. Augustine Light
Keepers House
Keepers House

 

St. Augustine Light
St. Augustine Light

 

Stop #3 was the Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, the original site of the Nation’s oldest city. Located in the area first explored by Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513 and settled by Pedro Menendez de Aviles in 1565, historic St. Augustine is the oldest successful European settlement in the United States. The good news for us was this site was pet friendly and you can take your dog everywhere. The good news for Shelby was as soon as he walked in he got his first look at peacocks and his favorite–squirrels.

We had never seen peacocks and they didn’t disappoint us. We got the full show from them.  They have quite a cry you can hear from all areas of the Park, and their colorful displays are unforgettable. The cries sound like little kids screaming, “Help”.

Strutting his stuff
Strutting his stuff

 

Peacock dragging his beautiful feathers behind.
Peacock dragging his beautiful feathers behind.

 

Peacock looking for food
Peacock looking for food

 

Front of white peacock
Front of white peacock
Backside of white peacock
Backside of white peacock

 

We went to the Fountain of Youth fully expecting we would leave there looking younger once we sipped the water from the spring. The spring comes directly from the Floridan aquifer, which lies below ground under much of North Florida. After one sip, we tossed the rest of the water. The taste was just terrible. So I guess we won’t be looking younger any time soon.

 

Watchtower
Watchtower

 

This concluded our tour for the day. We did use the GPS for the ride home and we arrived safe and sound.

8 Responses

  1. Patricia Connell

    I really love St.Augustine and I am glad you were able to see. I will be twenty miles south with the same beaches but less crowds. Glad you enjoyed

    • clmckeary

      The architecture is really wonderful to look at. Very different from most places.

  2. Paulie Walnuts

    What an adventure – a charging turtle, white peacock, and a rotten youth potion! You could write a children’s fantasy story just from this one day of your trip.

    • clmckeary

      Maybe we could collaborate on the story. Just need to find an illustrator….

  3. Louise

    Once again, beautiful pictures; especially the peacocks! You saw more of St. Augustine in a day than Alan and I saw in 2 months when we stayed with my Mother a couple of years ago. I just found out that I’ll be needing a knee replacement, so on the next visit I should be able to walk faster that the turtle that charged you. Have fun. Louise

  4. Nancy Spadorcia

    More beautiful pictures. I really enjoy your blog too.

  5. St. Augustine is beautiful. I went up in this lighthouse several years ago when visiting and the view was so peaceful. I agree about the architecture; so inviting. Glad you had a good time!

    • clmckeary

      I really wanted to go up this lighthouse. I am sure it was great. Maybe next time.