Friday, May 31, 2013
We are actually staying in a state park out on St Augustine Beach which is an island off of St Augustine. The camping is a short walk to the beach and the beach is really nice. We spent a day just hanging out there swimming and catching some sun.
Our timing was perfect and we stepped right into a canon demonstration.
It is constructed of coquina which is a soft shell/limestone material. The soft material is actually said to be better than other stones because it absorbs the impact of canons.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
We found a good county park with camping to stay at. The sites are huge the bathrooms are big and clean and it is really quiet. Well except for these cranes... sometimes they make the loudest sqauking noise.
They are actually pretty cool and we saw some young ones which were even cuter.
Not to mention they don't want you to come for just a day they want a several day commitment to multiple parks.
After an exhaustive search there is basically no discounts available if you are only going for a day but we spend the money anyway. Easily the most expensive day of the trip by 5x any other day
After that we rode the other coaster in Harry Potter land and had lunch at the Three Broomsticks. Including Butterbeer (frozen as it is HOT out). Amazingly the food isn't overpriced at all and was good.
People were lined up to shop for wands and candy in the shops which is crazy when you've paid big $$$$ to get in the park.
Even doing the single line we usually get to ride together. We rode a bunch of coasters in Islands of Adventure where HP is and then went over to Universal Studios.
Some of the Universal Rides need to be shut down and recycled, they are sad and old best example being the "Twister" experience.
But there are also new rides over there too... they just need to cut out the dead weight.
The Simpsons ride was cool.
The next day we did something I forget and then took the Monorails around the Disney Property. You just have to pay for parking and you can ride it around.
We stopped at the Polyneasian Resort for a drink by the pool and lake.
Florida overall has had the best camping options of any state we've been to.
Saturday, May 25, 2013
The park is dead empty as all of it's mostly french canadian clientele has gone home for the usmmer.
We would consider spending a month or two here in the winter!
It was a really fun weekend, we ate out, hit the beach and just hungout with our friends down here. It was a good change of pace from being tourists.
Friday, May 24, 2013
There are a bunch of people we know here we are going to visit with and some of our mail has been forwarded by my parents to one of their houses which is easier than having it sent to a Post Office to pickup.
Today we hit Miami to see the Art Deco section. And found more hot cats!
Last year this weekend involved over 400 arrests. And in prior years people have even been shot and killed.
Anyway barricades and street closures that are there to curb violence made it impossible to park.
The building are pretty cool and actually the closed streets meant we got to see them without cars parked out front.
Eventually we found a nice eurpoean style cafe and had a good lunch. I had Gazpacho and some fried shrimp it was tasty.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The water is incredibly warm. You can go snorkeling all around the island or take a boat out to some reefs.
We did a little snorkeling around the island and spents a couple of days at the beach.
He was a colorful man and our tour guide who was really funny (and I am pretty sure drunk) gave a really good tour.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
We are camping at mile 35 at Bahia Honda State Park which is an enitre key itself.
We spent and entire day in Key West walking around, there was a big cruise ship in town.
It is a hot day and we've been doing a lot of walking around.
Docked right out front was a ship that we see in Provincetown every summer. They had a craft beer cruise the next night and after that were leaving the Keys to head back to PTown.
The woman singing and playing guitar was pretty funny and had a voice deep enough to do both the male and female parts of duets all by herself.