Blogs from St Augustine, Florida, United States, North America


North America » United States » Florida » St Augustine April 27th 2014

Want to know a secret? I cried the first night we camped at Anastasia State Park. (Not so much of a secret now, is it?) I thought a possum was going to eat me. That likely never would have happened, but I was freaked out that a possum was hobbling around just a few feet from the tent in the black of night. I shudder at the thought. Possums are ugly creatures. Here's some math for you: (Scary possums) plus (tiny things dropping on the tent, which sound like rain droplets) plus (countless creepy crawlies outside) plus (the silence of night) EQUALS (a formula that will create an all-too-awake and all-too-aware, bugged-eyed camper who wants nothing more than to wake her fellow camper and to cry). I love nature but camping amidst all of its inhabitants ... read more
Day 1 - Lunch time! Cheese pizza at Pizzalley's
Day 1 - Organic, vegan soaps from Hickory Ridge Organics.
Day 1 - Applying patches before putting up the tent.

North America » United States » Florida » St Augustine February 10th 2014

Full disclosure: I’m a little nuts when it comes to the St. Augustine area. Where else will I find so much old stuff to look at within arm’s reach of such a gorgeous beach? My friend, Dani, wanted to copy Ikea’s idea for a decoration which includes a jar (which she did buy from Ikea), sand, and seashells. I got to choose where said sand and seashells would come from. “Ooo I know! Let’s go to St. Augustine!” *squee* Old stuff and beach, here I come! *clears throat* I need to contain my enthusiasm. While St. Augustine is totally deserving of such praise, I don’t want to scare anyone away. We drove up there yesterday. It’s just under a two hour drive for us. The weather had been quite unpleasant the last few days and weeks. ... read more
Feb. 9 - Oh sand, oh sand. Oh pretty, pretty sand.
Feb. 9 - Hi self, say cheese!
Feb. 9 - Old Spanish Trail Zero Milestone.

North America » United States » Florida » St Augustine » Vilano Beach November 3rd 2013

Pulling into North Beach Camp Resort, 4125 Coastal Highway, St. Augustine, Florida always feels like coming home for us. We've stopped here for a few nights on our way into Florida (October or November) for the past 9 years. If we don't take the Panhandle heading home; we stop again in March or April. Full hooks up, nice staff, indigenous plants between sites offering more privacy, nice beach across the street, heated pool, and two restaurants (one on the Atlantic Ocean; one on the river side) all add to the attraction. We're always on the lookout for something new. This trip, we discovered that we can drive the Jeep on part of the beach. Often this is a privilege reserved for Florida citizens and comes with a hefty fee. Not so here when during the "off ... read more
Jeep on the Beach
Irish Eggs

North America » United States » Florida » St Augustine September 10th 2013

Being up early thanks to the ducks and the heat meant we got the chance to spend a full day exploring St.Augustine, probably the closest thing the USA has to a truly historic city that can trace its origins back to the 16th century. From the entrance to the KOA we were able to pick up the shuttle from the Old Town Trolley Tours straight into the centre of town, thankfully saving the hassle of trying to park the beast somewhere in the middle of the narrow streets. Whilst waiting for the shuttle at the junction outside the camp, we watched a truck take the traffic lights too fast and deposit a leather three piece suite across the major junction. The guy inside just reversed back into the middle of the busy crossroads, chucked the suite ... read more
George Street, St Augustine
The Old Fort
Inside the old fort

North America » United States » Florida » St Augustine » Vilano Beach August 18th 2013

So another year has crept up on me and we found our birthdays once again approaching very quickly. I say we because my birthday and my husbands birthday are exactly one week apart. He is exactly one year and one week older than me. Maybe it was just me, maybe the hours were getting shorter, or maybe it was the fact that it was my first birthday since I had baby and most days are just a blur. Regardless of the reason, I was turning another year older faster than I could ever remember before. Normally I would plan an adventures out of town trip to celebrate our birthdays. However, being that we just had a baby that wasn't happening. So my husband suggested taking the baby to grandma's house and just the two of us ... read more


North America » United States » Florida » St Augustine December 20th 2012

Oldest Masonry fort in the United States. Built in 1672-1695 of "Coquina".Can you find Tigger in the fort? Tigger is getting tired from his long day of sightseeing.... read more

North America » United States » Florida » St Augustine » Vilano Beach December 2nd 2012

With both an Atlantic Ocean side and a Matanzas / North River side, Vilano Beach has miles and miles of ocean beach and water views. We're back at North Beach RV Resort which stretches from river to ocean divided only by scenic A1A! We've camped at North Beach almost a dozen times over the past 7 years. We've noted changes during that time span; but it is probably the things that are constant - like the lush, indigenous landscaping between camp sites that we most appreciate. We spent most of our time right at North Beach. We walked along the beach where on day one a wedding rehearsal was in progress and on day two guests were arriving. There were more fishermen (and women) than anyone else along the crashing wave line. The sand is a ... read more
Dune Scene North Beach
Fisherman & Pelican Fan

North America » United States » Florida » St Augustine November 5th 2012

Packing is a necessary evil, but what to take! All of our animals were stepping on everything. Joe KNEW we were going somewhere and was not happy about it. He knows what the suitcase is... We will miss our Wilson family, so we have decided to adopt a "WILSON" to take with us, whom you will see in subsequent photos. Tomorrow a few more chores and lunch with Dad Krueger before we are (feel free to sing along) "LEAVING ON A JET PLANE".......... read more
Clay's bottomless pack
Clay readying computers
Comfort spooning

North America » United States » Florida » St Augustine October 19th 2012

Waiting for an email for 9 months requires much patience... So there we were, making the not so awesome trek from our office in Jacksonville to our new home in St. Augustine (currently our niece’s bedroom, since we are now homeless) when we heard the “you’ve got mail” ding of the telephone. The long awaited email had arrived. The Peace Corps extended us an official invitation to join its ranks! We will be working in the area of Youth Development in MOROCCO!!! Yes, Youth Development. (For those who know us well, you realize what a drastic change that will be for us.) We will leave January 12, to start our journey. But first, we are going to shake loose the dirt from years of litigation and roam aimlessly through Central America. For those who choose to ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » St Augustine June 21st 2012

With great good luck we made another 50+ miles on the ICW, for 2 days, raised 5 bridges in good speed and still had time for showers and sweet potato fries at an outdoor cafe, while being serenaded by a lovely professional musician, Gary Campbell. I spent quite a bit of time while checking in, watching very clever white birds fishing off the St Augustine Municipal Marina docks. One of the has learned to fish, balanced on a rope. It ran off a much larger bird to keep my attention. I did a little video of him catching and eating a tiny silver fish, the size of needles, that I will download when there is time to fiddle. St Augustine worked her magic again and had no trouble getting us to stay over an extra day. ... read more
Excuse me?
The Maws of a bridge on the ICW
House design ideas

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