Friday morning, the tide was low at 7am, so we were in no hurry to get out early because we wanted to avoid any chance of getting hung up on the shoal across the entrance to Beach Marine. So we waited a bit. Bill said his goodbys and called an Uber rideshare to the Jacksonville airport to await his flight back to Maryland.
Once out of the marina, the trip to St. Augustine was pretty easy. Much of it was wide, and depths were usually pretty good, except for that one time where I let my attention wander and we drifted out of the channel...the depth sounder alarm brought me back to my senses in a hurry!
As we neared St Augustine, signs of big money started appearing in the forms of large, immaculately landscaped estates along the shores.
We spent the rest of the afternoon playing tourist and walking around the shopping district. In the evening, we listened to a free concert by a local band in the area known as the Colonial Quarter. Temperatures remained mild. All in all, a most excellent evening.
|The Bridge of Lions|
|Cathedral of St. Augustine|
|A fairy Garden of Glassware and Windchimes|
After showers and laundry, we resumed being tourists and walked the town again, touring the fort, eating a turkey leg, and finally ending up in the park for a '40s swing band concert, and the lighting ceremony. Another thoroughly wonderful day.
|Original Gate Through the Town's Fortifications|
|Castillo de San Marcos|
|Cannon Firing Demonstration|
|and More Lights!|