Saint Augustine to Titusville

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St. Augustine Light

For me, this was a morning to be proud of:  I climbed over 200 steep stairs to the top of the  lighthouse in St. Augustine.  It is a sister to the Cape Hatteras Light with the same identifying paint.  A short squirt of nitro and I was all set.  Landings every 25 steps or so helped a lot.  I was not very winded when the door leading to the viewing platform appeared.  The view of St. Augustine and beyond is expansive, to say the least.  The day is clear and one can see for miles in all directions • not a trace of smog.  While at the top, two or three very large flocks of white ibis came soaring in, looking like a scene from a nature film.  They all alit on one tree • there must have been at least 100 of them.  I also saw a blue jay, very different from our scrub jays in California.  They make a less raucous call as well.

 

Next we drove to the beautiful Cathedral Basilica of St.

Augustine.  It is nowhere near as ornate as the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah, so there are far fewer distractions (it would seem to me).  Both are inspiring.  This church has wonderful stained glass windows, as one can well imagine.  The main altar, and the organ loft, has what appear to be very old murals. 

 

We took a stroll down St. George Street, now a pedestrian zone, through the old historic center of the city.  Beautiful, old buildings that are inhabited with tee-shirt shops now line it!  There were a few nice shops, including one selling Mexican Talavera pottery.  They even had the colorful reclining giraffe I had seen (at La Posada?) and admired.  It was $130 and we certainly have no room in the not-so-minivan to bring it home.  But I sure did want it.

Proud Roz made the climb to the top of the lighthouse

 

While on St. George Street we briefly visited the tiny Greek Orthodox Chapel of St. Photios.  It is very whimsically painted and quite stunning.  It is an active house of worship and people came in to light candles.

 

Before leaving for Titusville, we stopped to see Castillo San Marcos, the oldest European fort in America.  Jag forgot his national parks pass so we did not go inside. 

 

We had our lunch at the car, and then headed for the freeway.

He made Roz's heart go pitty pat!
  The drive to Titusville is as straight as an arrow • neither a bend nor a curve anywhere.  I understand the highest altitude in Florida is only 25 feet.  That would be considered a pimple in the Far West!  The highway is lined with a combination of pine and palm trees together.  This really looks strange to someone like me: I am used to seeing pines mainly in the higher mountain areas and palms in the lowlands. 

 

Our motel in Titusville, a Super 8 chain motel, is new, clean and pleasant.  It is not as close to the Kennedy Space Center as I had thought when I checked out the AAA map.  It is not all that far, just not as convenient as I had hoped.  We are only staying here for two nights, so no big deal. I also learned from the NASA website that the satellite launch scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed until October 31st.  Oh, pooh!  I was so excited about that.

"Sam & Mira" with Ajja at Castillo de San Marcos
  What a disappointment.

 

Dinner tonight was at a Mexican restaurant on the same property as the motel.  It is called Rodeo (sorry this link is not very good - the restaurant does not have its own website) and, if you are going to be in this area, I can recommend it.   The food was good and the waiter we had was very efficient and very friendly.  What we liked was that our entrees were not served with tons of refried beans and rice.  Jag had ordered a salad with chicken and it had a lot of chicken.  I had flautas and a small salad was on the plate, but no rice or beans.  Yes!  At the rate the economy is going, though, I would not want to take bets as to how long they will be in business.  Tourism is way down here in Florida, as it is in all of the resort areas on the East Coast.  I think the West Coast may not be in as much trouble.  At least I hope not.

 

Space ships tomorrow!  Cannot wait.

 

 

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St. Augustine Light
St. Augustine Light
Huge tree covered with roosting ib…
Huge tree covered with roosting i…
Proud Roz made the climb to the to…
Proud Roz made the climb to the t…
He made Rozs heart go pitty pat!
He made Roz's heart go pitty pat!
Sam & Mira with Ajja at Castillo…
"Sam & Mira" with Ajja at Castill…
Exterior of Cathedral Basilica of …
Exterior of Cathedral Basilica of…
View looking towards historic dist…
View looking towards historic dis…
Unusual berries on bush outside li…
Unusual berries on bush outside l…
Top of St. Augustine Light
Top of St. Augustine Light
Roz relaxes after climbing the lig…
Roz relaxes after climbing the li…
Old live oak trees near St. August…
Old live oak trees near St. Augus…
Stained glass window in Cathedral …
Stained glass window in Cathedral…
Stained glass in side chapel of th…
Stained glass in side chapel of t…
Flagler College
Flagler College
St. George Street in historic Sain…
St. George Street in historic Sai…
Interior of Greek Orthodox Chapel …
Interior of Greek Orthodox Chapel…
Castillo de San Marcos National Mo…
Castillo de San Marcos National M…
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