There’s a certain restlessness I sometimes get when I’m at any kind of wildlife setting without moose. I’m happy to say I didn’t have that feeling, probably mainly because you’d never see moose at an alligator farm in Florida. Or in Florida. Or at an alligator farm. So I’m learning, slowly, to live in the present and enjoy more. There are many fascinating animals out there. That doesn’t mean I believe I want to see them all at a farm or a zoo, but these gators seemed pretty happy and free.
St. Augustine is the oldest city in America and last year was our first time making it there. We arrived late at night and proceeded to knock on the doors of the wrong house. Luckily no one was there and no cops were called! Finally we found my in-laws’ rental beach house. Even though it was late, my father-in-law took me out the back door, past a little moat-type place, through a boardwalk, and onto a dark and quiet beach with a million stars shining overhead. Then we all slept the way one sleeps after waking up in frigid MA, flying with two kids on a plane, landing in Orlando, getting a rental car, driving to St. Augustine, and then staying up to eat beach house sandwiches. As one does. When we woke up in the morning, we saw glory.
These pictures were actually taken towards the end of our stay. We started our trip in St. Augustine and then went to the craziness of Orlando. This year we’re doing it opposite. We started with the crazy of Orlando, and now we’re going to take it easy for a few days in a beach house. Family. Football. Food. Books and beaches. I can’t wait to feel that sea air on my face.
On our last day, we went mini-golfing and then took a walk out on a long pier. There were surfers and cold breezes. Scarlet wanted me to buy her some disgusting Cheetos type things, which actually wound up being for the birds, as you’ll see.
As it turns out, birds love disgusting type Cheetos snacks more than Scarlets do. Which is just fine. I’m sorry, City of St. Augustine, for giving disgusting type Cheetos snacks to your wildlife. It was mostly accidental.
So if you do survive such an invasion, well wow, what a great city. I have shared many photos of it in previous posts, so I’m only sharing new ones here. We had a great dinner at Harry’s downtown and also had takeout from Mango Mango’s which was even more delicious. I think the best part of Harry’s was the live music and the ability to eat outside in January. It wasn’t very warm, mind you, but compared to New England? It was paradise. I can’t wait to see what we will do there this year.