Campbell's 2010 Western and Northeast Trip Journal travel blog

St. Augustine Pier View

St. Augustine Shore at Pier

St. Augustine Sea Wall

St. Augustine Light House 165 Feet and 219 Steps

St. Augustine Wide Empty Beach

St. Augustine Beach for Two

St. Augustine Board Walk with Warning Flags and Lighthouse in Far Background

st. Augustine Beach View from Top of Lighthouse

Brave Lighthouse Guest

View Looking Up the Lighthouse Stairs

Shuttle Launch View from Lighthouse

Lighthouse View of Shuttle Launch

View Down the Lighthouse Stairs

View from Lighthouse Window

Leaving Base of Lighthouse

Canna Plant at Lighthouse

Canna Bloom

St. Augustine KOA Campsite

St. Augustine Beach Fountain of Youth Effect

St. Augustine, Florida Beach

This is our first entry of our 2010 MyTripJournal.

We traveled to St. Augustine in northeast Florida yesterday to a KOA Campground and spent today visiting historical sites and the wide, clean and uncrowded white sand beach at the Anastasia State Recreation Area.

St. Augustine Info Website

Prominent in the area is the 165 foot tall historical lighthouse and keeper’s house/museum. We visited it this morning to learn if there would be any difficulty in climbing the tower at 2 PM to watch the shuttle launch. No problem we learned.

St. Augustine Lighthouse Info Website

Next we visited the Florida Anastasia State Park with its wide beach and checked the water temperature – nice and decided to return with our swimming suits after our lighthouse climb.

Anastasia Florida State Park Website

We checked in with the dogs at our RV, had lunch and then headed back to the lighthouse to climb the 219 steps to the top. After we reached the top, no more guests were allowed to ascend because the number was limited to 16 since all would want to stand on the south-facing side to see the launch. The shuttle launch was on time as shown in the photos.

We then spent some fun, wet time in the Atlantic Ocean surf which the red warning flag indicated (as we left the beach) that the surf was rough and the blue flag warned of dangerous marine life. We rode some of the high surf waves without burnishing our tender bodies or being harmed by the marine life. It was fun.

Tomorrow, we drive 400+ miles to Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. We have a book on CD rented from Cracker Barrel Restaurant to help the miles go by. We will stay in a KOA Campground for three nights.

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