Wednesday, April 3, 2013

St. Augustine, Florida - March 2013 Highlights

I took my little family to St. Augustine, Florida last week. We drove down to visit my cousin Tim and his wife Joyce and to get away from the cold of the Midwest. It was still chilly in Florida, with temps in the 40s-60s and a steady onshore breeze much of the time. With over 600 pics taken, posting them all here would be a chore and a pain to download. Here's a few less, mostly of the nautical and aquatic sort.

We managed to get a couple of beach days in, in spite of the cooler weather. We also hit up the St. Augustine Lighthouse Museum, Alligator Farm, Marineland dolphin tanks, Disney World Magic Kingdom and downtown St. Augustine. A great trip. Could have done without putting 2,662 miles on the Subaru, but at least the kiddo takes to the car well for a four-year-old.

Gulls, terns and skimmer birds by the pier.

Terns, skimmer birds and gulls, St. Augustine, Florida

Abby and Gwen, St. Augustine, Florida

Gwen and I, St. Augustine, Florida

Abby and Gwen, St. Augustine, Florida

Gwen, St. Augustine, Florida

Pink barnacle

Pink barnacle, St. Augustine, Florida

Anemone

Anemone, St. Augustine, Florida

Starfish and crab (small blue crab, maybe?)

Starfish and maybe a small blue crab,  St. Augustine, Florida

Starfish, St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

Barca chata, St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

A local ale at the lighthouse

A local ale, St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

Bevin's Skiff, St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine Lighthouse Museum haul

Small spider crab

Spider crab, St. Augustine, Florida

My 41st birthday dinner

My 41st birthday dinner and margaritas. St. Augustine, Florida

My cousin Tim and I, my 41st birthday dinner and margaritas. St. Augustine, Florida

Abby and Gwen, my 41st birthday dinner and margaritas. St. Augustine, Florida

Gwen and I, my 41st birthday dinner and margaritas. St. Augustine, Florida

My cousin Tim and I, my 41st birthday dinner and margaritas. St. Augustine, Florida

Alligator Farm

American alligators, St. Augustine Alligator Farm

Dugout and barca chata (flat boat)

Dugout, St. Augustine Alligator Farm

Barca chata, St. Augustine Alligator Farm

St. Augustine Alligator Farm

American alligators, St. Augustine Alligator Farm

My cousin had plenty of citrus trees in his yard, oranges, grapefruit and kumquat. Also, his dad, my uncle, built a plywood kayak some time ago and it was hanging in his garage. He also has an Opti dinghy on the roof of his workshop shack. I think I've talked him into bringing it back from the dead.

Grapefruit in Tim and Joyce's yard, St. Augustine, Florida

Citrus from Tim and Joyce's yard. Kumquats, oranges and grapefruit, St. Augustine, Florida

The boat shack in Tim's backyard, St. Augustine, Florida

Tim's dad, my uncle Ric, built this plywood kayak years ago. It hangs in Tim's garage. St. Augustine, Florida

Lots of good food in St. Augustine. We ate Mexican, El Salvadoran, BBQ, seafood, etc. It was awesome.

Leftover tacos and a Costa Rican beer

Mojo's BBQ, St. Augustine, Florida

Mojo's BBQ, St. Augustine, Florida

There was also some great coffee, including Cuban Espresso Coffee (cafecito). Where I got my Cuban coffee (cafecito), St. Augustine, Florida

Crucial Coffee Cafe, St. Augustine, Florida

Crucial Coffee Cafe, St. Augustine, Florida

Marineland dolphins - they no longer do shows, but focus on education and awareness. It's good to see the switch from exploitation to something more healthy.

Marineland, St. Augustine, Florida

Marineland, St. Augustine, Florida

Marineland, St. Augustine, Florida

Marineland, St. Augustine, Florida

Anastasia State Park and a gopher tortoise

Anastasia State Park, St. Augustine, Florida

Anastasia State Park, St. Augustine, Florida

Abby, Gwen and I, Anastasia State Park, St. Augustine, Florida

Gopher Tortoise, Anastasia State Park, St. Augustine, Florida

Downtown St. Augustine, boatyard, docks and Castillo de San Marcos fort.

St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine, Florida

Bananas, St. Augustine, Florida

Sailboats, St. Augustine, Florida

Stiletto catamaran like the one my cousin Tim used to have, St. Augustine, Florida

Cool flats boat. Made for fishing bonefish, redfish, snook, speckled trout, tarpon, shark, etc. Anything shallow water.

A bit of Old Florida, a motor launch in a boatyard. St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine, Florida

Castillo de San Marcos fort, St. Augustine, Florida

Castillo de San Marcos fort, St. Augustine, Florida

Castillo de San Marcos fort, St. Augustine, Florida

Castillo de San Marcos fort, St. Augustine, Florida

Sunrise

Sunrise, St. Augustine, Florida

Sunset

Sunset over the Intracoastal Waterway, St. Augustine, Florida

Abby, Gwen and I on the beach behind our rental house, St. Augustine, Florida

My cousin Tim and I on the beach behind our rental house, St. Augustine, Florida

Abby, Gwen and I on the beach behind our rental house, St. Augustine, Florida

Abby and Gwen on the beach behind our rental house, St. Augustine, Florida

Joyce, Abby and Gwen on the beach behind our rental house, St. Augustine, Florida

Gwen on the beach behind our rental house, St. Augustine, Florida

Macro seaoats and sand

macro sand and shells, St. Augustine, Florida

More can be see at www.flickr.com/photos/12235211@N02/sets/72157633145724743

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