St. Augustine, Sept 21
Another busy day. We had a buffet breakfast this am for a $5 donation. It was very good. Then we hopped back on the shuttle to the Old Town Trolley. The driver dropped us at stop 16 where we could catch the beach bus to Anastasia Island. We just took the ride to see the lighthouse and the beaches and didn't go into the lighthouse as we've done others and didn't want to spend that much time out of our day. We would have had to wait another hour for the next bus. The driver shared local history as the trolley drivers do. One interesting fact is that Florida at one time was everything east of the Mississippi as far North as the St. Lawrence Seaway. This was during most of the 28th and early 19th century. It was interesting, but a lot of our time was picking up other guests. We should have gotten off at the alligator farm and walked to the other side to the lighthouse. The bus did not go by the beaches. Oh well, live and learn… When we returned to the city, we spent some time walking around to different places and a little shopping. And we took the trolley when we thought it was a more efficient way to see what we wanted. We walked down Aviles Street, the oldest street in the nation. Today, we did the wine tasting at the San Sebastion Winery. Some of it was ok, but I didn't care for a lot of them. I think we tasted at least a dozen wines (for free). We went into the Cathedral Basilical of St. Augustine which was absolutely beautiful. It has been there since George Washington was president. We also went into a Greek Orthodox Shrine, which was nice. Later in the day, we stopped at the Mission of Nombre De Dios - Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche. They had some extremely old artifacts from the Catholic Church as well as information on how Christianity was first introduced here. We went into the beautiful lobbies of the Lightner Museum and Flagler College. Flagler College's dining room has Tiffany windows that are insured for many million dollars. They are located in the student dining room. We stopped to see the exact replica of the statue of David, and then to take pictures of the huge Old Senator Oak Tree, which is over 635 years old. The weather was gorgeous even if a bit warm. It started to lightly sprinkle for a couple of minutes but that was it. One other interesting fact is that the highest point in St. Augustine is only 17 inches above sea level. we returned to the RV park, we went swimming again. It felt so refreshing. After dinner, I took a walk and then went to the free bingo while Jim watched NASCAR. I won 2 games, and got some snacks and little novelty hats.