On Tour again...
Trip Start Dec 31, 2012
94Trip End May 04, 2013
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Where I stayed
Welaka Lodge and RV Park
Since Welaka is such a small town, we stopped in Palatka and did some shopping for essentials. The Dubya Store was handy, so that's where we went. It was a warm and sunny day, so I waited for Lynn in the coach and tried to catch up with Lisa for our usual Thursday visit. No luck there, however. She is VERY busy on her day off, working out, cleaning the hot tup and yoga. I do remember those days myself. Same energy was there, but different pursuits.
We got to the campground and the office was closed. We got help in finding the only empty site here. It's a "Workamper" Site and has no concrete slab, but it's working fine
After we got settled, Lynn did laundry and I didn't. What more can I say? I stayed occupied at the site, somehow, but don't remember.
Today, we left early and drove into St. Augustine to attend Mass at the Basilica Cathedral of St. Augustine. It's pronounced "Uh-gus-ten" when it's associated with the Saint's name, but "Ahh-gus-tee" when referring to the city. Not important, but an interesting, to me, observation. The priest there, of Irish descent, I might add, gave an excellent homily and referred to our new Pope Francis positively. This first Mass ever said was here, in 1565, when the Spanish landed on the shores of Florida. The original church is long gone, but the current building is from the 1800s. It's relatively small, not much our Cathedral in Helena. There were a few odd things that happened. The songs of the Mass were all sung in Latin. It took me back to my youth. Seems to me that Benedict tried to "revolutionize" us back to the pre-Vatican II days. But, that's another story.
After Mass, we had lunch at an outdoor cafe not far from the Cathedral and then got on the Tour Trolley to see the city. Both of the drivers were great and shared a lot of history and humor with us. We stopped at the fort, better know as the Castillo de San Marcos. This fort is the oldest in the continental US. The original wooden structure was burned down, but this one is made of coquina. Coquina is a blend of sea shells and lime and is quarried and let dry for a period before use. It can easily handle the impact of a cannon ball. So it still stands. It was built and used firstly by the Spanish, then the British and then the Spanish again until it was given over to us Americans. The dates escape me now, but you get the idea.
The rest of the tour was fun and educational. We did stop for a bit at the winery (surprise!) and the chocolate shop ( minor surprise), and had a good time at both places. I did get a bowl of gelato to keep up my strength. It, too, was very good.
Since it's St. Patrick's day, we stopped at the Publix Market in Patchatka and picked up the makings for our celebratory meal. Corned beef, Florida cabbage and rutabaga will do the trick. It will happen tomorrow. Father forgive us...
We getting a very light rain now and it looks like the weather in Savannah is going to be cool and wet. We may just turn left at Crooked River State Park and head west.