Music: Europe – “The Final Countdown”
Location: Hotel Room
After a slow rise and a little breakfast, we headed over to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm to start today’s adventures. It goes without saying that there was alligators present, but there were also crocodiles, monkeys, birds, and even snakes. It’s a zoological park that’s been around for over a hundred years and well worth the visit. My son took a ton of awesome photos there. They also had a zip line adventure too, but we weren’t quite game for that much adventure today. After all, I didn’t exactly love the idea of zipping along a wire where the only thing beneath you are hungry gators that are more than happy to have their next meal air delivered. Nope. No thanks.
Next up, we headed over the lighthouse and took a tour of the buildings and their archeological exhibits.
When we were mentally prepared enough, we climbed the haunted lighthouse, all 219 steps. My legs didn’t like me, but the view was awesome.
After a quick shopping excursion, we set up camp on the beach. Our new umbrella worked like a champ! Sadly, I must report that the water was a tad cold. Think polar bear plunge kind of cold, despite the air temperature being in the 70s. It took some time to
warm up acclimate to the water temps, but I managed to get my swimming in for an hour or so. I had to take a short break to warm up, mostly to ensure my extremities were still there and hadn’t snapped off like icicles. My wife opted to read her book in the nice warm shine and my son for the pool. While the pool wasn’t heated, he swore it was warmer than the ocean. Then again, he said it with chattering teeth. Go figure.
We tried the Oasis for dinner but wasn’t super impressed. If something has “World Famous” in the name, I would hope they put their money where their mouth is but alas, it was just okay food wise. Food on the island has been a mixed bag so far. I’m still hoping we find a great hole-in-the-wall place that just begs for us to eat there again and again.
I’m not too sure what tomorrow will bring. We’ve hit all the major places we wanted to see on the trip plus there’s rain in the forecast tomorrow. Hopefully, our last day in St. Augustine won’t be a wash. We’ll see.