Trip Start Jun 03, 2008
72Trip End Aug 12, 2008
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We then made our way over to Fort Matanzas
This is where Ponce de Leon found the Fountain of Youth. We were welcomed by a peacock proudly showing off his feathers. He took a bow and we thanked him for his show. We continued over to the fountain where they give you a drink in plastic a cup. We made of toast of "Cheers" and drank it down. It was absolutely awful, but hopefully it will keep our children from getting any older. We really like them at this age. We told the kids that it would rid us of our wrinkles and in their kindness they said it was kind of working. After a little history of Ponce they shuffled off into a planetarium and taught us how they navigated the old ships. We all decided that we had no idea what they were talking about and would still be looking for the new world if we were navigating the ships.
We left St. Augustine hoping to come back some day, as we all liked it. We drove towards Jacksonville and decided to stop at a "State" wayside market (and tourist trinket trap) and get some oranges. We were in Florida after all....we should eat some oranges. Unfortunately, we missed the exit. So Clark insisted on pulling off at the next rest area, unhooking the PT (standing in 4" of rain water) and driving it back to the market. We got on the highway, drove away from the RV and realized we had to drive quite a bit away from the rest area and the market before we could turn around. This maneuver didn't set too well with Ellen & Co. We made it back and sampled the sweet fleshy delights and purchased some oranges and other Florida treats (trinkets).
The next stop was Amelia Island and Fernandia via Jacksonville. Jacksonville looked appealing and seemed to have grown quite a bit since Clark saw Michael Jackson's "Thriller" Tour there! We ditched Monica in a Lowe's parking lot on Amelia Island but Ellen saw some suspicious looking electricians "sizing up" the RV. We had to go back and move it to the Wal-mart parking lot. That maneuver didn't set too well with Clark & Co. Journeying on, in, and through the Island, we went to one of 2 historic areas; Old Town wasn't much of anything except a handful of decaying old houses at the original town site of Fernandia. The main historic district, several miles away, was awesome. Splendid, well kept, grand old homes, many of them now bed and breakfasts. The several blocks of downtown were charming and interesting and fronted the water. The bulk of the island was covered in beautiful living oaks, Spanish moss, palms and the like. The downside of all this loveliness were the 2 paper mills on the island and their by products: the constant stream of log trucks and the stench of the paper mills
Finally, homeless, hungry, tired and with imperfect dispositions, we were off to the final destination of the day in hurricane force winds and rain. We landed this boat in Brunswick Georgia the heart of the Golden Isles.