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Published: February 9th 2018
blog 02/08/18 Blast off-Beach Day-St Augustine
The last few days have been busy ones. On Monday I went up to Jacksonville airport and picked up Margi who will be staying for several days. It was an easy trip and before long she was in the car and we were jabbering away on our way back to Flagler. Today is the launch day for the Falcon Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral and I was sure hoping for a delay in the launch time so we could see it. We got back to the campground at 3:15 and the launch time was delayed from 1:30 to 3:45 so we scurred to the campsite, got camera gear and went to the ocean observation platform right across the campground road from me. There were 6 people there waiting and watching the southern horizon. A military helicopte flew by about 50 ft off the beach looking for who knows what, heading north. As the time got closer the tention built, will it go, will it explode, will we be able to see it? Suddenly there was a white speck out over the ocean with a blazing tail. Yes, it was the Falcon Heavy. Pictures
We watched for a few minutes til it was out of sight then 5 min after launch we heard the roar from the engins. The sound took 5 min to get here. We were all excited we got to see the historic launch and I ran into the camper and put the pictures on the computer. I was excited to see that yes there was a rocket there.
Marg and I went out to dinner to the pier in Flagler where the Funky Pelican Resturant was the choice for the night. Our dinners were delicious and we had fun looking out over the ocean and enjoying the atmosphere.
Tuesday was a gorgeous day and we went back to the Funky Pelican for breakfast and enjoyed our meal outside on the deck. It was warm and sunny with a gentle breeze and before long the kites started flying. There is a kite store just across the street and they advertise their merchandise on the beach. The kite in the pictures was huge and cost $800.00. I was astounded at the cost but there must be crazy people in the world willing to spend that kind of money.
went home and hit the beach where we walked for a while then settled in the watch the birds and the waves. Watson had a great time, one of his favorite places to visit.
Dinner last night was at the Flagler Fish Market where they set chips and clam dip on your table for appitizers, free. It was such good dip that I bought a pint for future happy hours. Again, both our dinners were terrific and we went home full and happy.
Today we headed for St Augustine to be tourists in one of the oldest towns in the US. We took the trolly tour to see all the hot spots, 27 of them, then walked along George St to find a place to eat. Shannon had suggested a place that we were heading to then heard a fellow singing and playing a guitar in a courtyard resturant so we walked no further. Our lunch was wonderful and the music delightful so it was a great choice.
We walked further down the pedestrin only street looking in shop windows and visiting a few stores til we found a place for desert. An ice cream store that
had sugar free ice cream for Marg and chocolate delight for me. If we stay here much longer we'll have to waddle out.
One more store, a hat shop where I found, yes another, hat. It's a Wallaroo brown straw hat with a small brim all around. A little nicer looking than my usual baseball hats. Marg took my picture just outside the walled city where there was once a draw bridge.
The day was a very cool one and damp but no rain so it was good to save a beach day for tomorrow when it is supposed to be nicer.
We had chicken, tomotoes and left over fried onions for dinner, figured out a new configuration for the bed and went to sleep.
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