St. Augustine

Trip Start Jan 22, 2012
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North Coast Rv Park

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Our adventure wouldn't be complete without a stop to see our dear friend, Bruce Hanson.  You will remember the story about Jeff joining the Episcopal church at St. Lukes in Rochester.  Bruce is actually the person responsible for that, not Kathie!  Bruce was the Priest at the time and truly brought Jeff into the faith.  In addition to that momentous task, Bruce was also the one to perform the wedding ceremony for Jeff and Kathie, baptize Sara,  take part in Rachel's Baptism and officiate at the wedding of Sara and Ted.  He has played such an important role in our lives and we love him to pieces.  He and his partner, Michael, have recently moved to St. Augustine from The Villages and we knew we had to stop and see them and their new house.  Fortunately, Bruce reminded us when we called to make a date that we were coming to town on Ash Wednesday.  Believe it or not, we had lost track of when Lent was to begin!  Don't know if we should be ashamed of being heathens or proud that we have been able to adjust to retirement life so quickly!  Regardless, we were happy to be reminded of our Ash Wednesday obligation by Bruce!  We attended services that night at Trinity Church in downtown St. Augustine where Bruce sings in the choir.  He later told us that there were about 400 people at their three services that day; 6:30a.m., noon, and 7:00 p.m.  The Episcopal Church is incredibly more active in the South.  Trinity has an amazing pipe organ with the tinkly bell thing (German name that I always forget...sorry Janet!) that was played beautifully by their organist.  We were delighted that we knew all the hymns.  And they actually kneel for prayer.   The altar is still smack dab against the wall and the priest(s) celebrated using Rite 1, with their backs towards the congregation, (Kathie felt like she was back in her childhood at St. Lukes!  Give us that old time Episcopal religon!)

Our campground in St. Augustine was the most primitive that we've been at so far.  Don't get us wrong, we still had 50 amp service, water, sewer, cable and WIFI!  But our RV was between the river and the ocean, nestled in a very private area, surrounded by a forest of pines and palm shrubs.  Gorgeous and certainly a place we'd like to return to next year for a longer period of time.  We spent two nights there and some time at the ocean.  Unfortunately our time at the ocean was limited by a pesky sand fly and some other teeny, microscopic bugs that kept annoying.  Two hours was enough to send us from the ocean to the campground pool. 

Our two evenings with Bruce and Michael were great.  We were so glad to get caught up and see their new showplace of a home.  Michael's passion and avocation is interior design and with Bruce's artistic eye, the two of them have created a real work of art in their home.  That and the margaritas and Bruce's famous guacamole dip made for a perfect cocktail hour before we hit their favorite Mexican restaurant for dinner.  All in all a fine time with two of our favorite people!
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You were right, that campground looks amazing!

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