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Sunday, April 21, 2013

St. Augustine

Castillo de San Marcos

Thursday we visited  the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, started in 1672 and took 23 years to build it protected the Spanish settlement.
Friday we went to the St. Augustine Lighthouse and took the 261 steps to the top.  Three women were making several laps to the top and back for exercise that morning, I still have sore thighs from my one trip up and back.
Cattle Egret in breeding plomage

Stork baby
 We then went to  the Alligator Farm, it has a boardwalk through a pond area filled with alligators and nesting Tricolor Herons, Spoonbills, Storks, Cattle Egrets, Great Egrets and Little Blue Herons.  We spent most of our 4 hours in this area but we did visit the rest of the enclosures of alligators, crocodiles  monkeys, turtles, and snakes.

Towers of Flagler College former Ponce de Leon Hotel  built in 1886.
 Saturday it rained all day so it was a good day for our car not to start and get towed to the Ford dealer, it only needed a new battery.
Today we walked the Old Town, it was still a grey day even spitting at times but we got most of the beautiful area in before it started to rain.
We took in a Picasso exhibit at the Visitor Center too.
Tomorrow we head out for Panama City.

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