St. Augustine- America's Oldest City
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What an absolutely delightful city of 13,000 with history, Flagler College, beautiful architecture, the oldest schoolhouse, trolley tours, free RV parking near town, nice people, the Fountain of Youth, live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss like Savannah, courtyards with billowing flowers like Charleston, and dozens of small cafes, B&B's, and boutique stores! We loved it all and I was so surprised that I had known so little about our country's oldest city!
This is the perfect place to take a weekend with my Sweetie to relax and enjoy. Our trolley tour overview whet my appetite to return later to soak it all in. If you're within driving distance, check it out. You too might be delightfully surprised!
Driving on: We pulled ourselves away in the afternoon and drove a few hours through rain, past Savannah since Mom and Dad were our reason for going and they weren't with us (we enjoyed Savannah last summer), and stopped at...
Congaree National Park just south of Columbia, SC!
We overnighted for free in their overflow parking area (as the sign directed) since we got to the park after 5pm. gate closing Thank goodness for the directions that the kind Ranger provided by phone, as our GPS did not have the correct entrance (close, but difficult to find at night in the rain, out in the country, 36 miles off the interstate).
We were all alone in the dark, rainy parking lot along the great woods. It was a wee bit spooky, but ultimately peaceful. No cell phone service out there, so we were glad to have our satellite FindMeSpot with us just in case we needed to make a 911 call. But no worries- we slept peacefully with the rain gently tapping our camper roof.