Thursday, March 15, 2012

St. Augustine, FL

St. Augustine, founded in 1565, boasts the title of oldest continually inhabited city in the US, complete with an amazing castle-y Spanish fort. We stayed in nearby Anastasia State Park where we enjoyed walks through the hammock forest over old dunes. Though parts of town were incredibly touristy (I started worrying a little when I started seeing advertisements for Ripley's theme parks, hauntingly reminiscent of Gatlinburg), there were definately sections off the beaten path where it was cool to see genuinely old Spanish-looking buildings and yummy cafes. Not surprisingly, Aaron wanted to climb 271 steps to the top of the lighthouse for the big view before heading to Castillo San Marcos where we spent the afternoon checking out the nooks, crannies, and, of course, weaponry of the fort finished in 1672.

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