Thursday, July 27, 2017

July 28, 2017

Fort Matanzas

The clear waters of Matanzas Inlet are somewhat calmer than the busy bay front in St. Augustine’s downtown, and much more peaceful too. The boardwalk and various walking trails provide a great opportunity to see natural Florida without forking over an arm and a leg. Here at the dock you can see the smooth sand and the coquina rocks, as well as the dock, the ferryboat, and a wild tangle of trees beyond. If you come here, you won’t want to leave.

Castillo de San Marcos

Here I'm standing in one of the rooms on the north wall, looking out at the east wall. The cannon called “El Milanes” can be seen, as well as its stack of cannonballs. This particular piece was forged in Seville in 1764. If you can visit the Castillo and peek out of the barred windows without capturing a dozen strangers’ heads, then congratulations . . . you’re lucky!

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