Emmerson’s Birthday Get Away to St. Augustine

We loaded up the motorhome and headed to St. Augustine for the long weekend. We camped at Faver Dykes State Park. It was a quiet and sandy campground. Mom fought constantly to keep the sand and mud outside!

We went to the Castillo de San Marcos (St. Augustine Fort) and learned about the history and structure of the fort. It was neat to learn it was made of coquina, crushed shells and sand.

We saw the 10:30am cannon demonstration. We had front row spots so were really close! Not I just want to shout FEUGO all the time!

We walked the grounds of the fort and completely around the outside. We loved the cannon fire. They would heat up cannonballs in here and then shoot them at ships in the harbor when under siege!

Next we visited Fort Matanzas. The fort itself is currently closed because Hurricane Matthew damaged the docks and the ferry can’t run. We instead took some hikes along the trails and checked out the flora and fauna.

Next stop was the beach! You can drive your car not he beach, we did not! E got a whistle and blew and blew in the wind. I chased waves and looked for shells.

Back at the campground we played outside in the cooler weather.

On E’s actually birthday we visited the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine.

We pet snakes.

We explored the entire zoo.

We fed the alligators. Boy were there a lot of different types of crocs and gators!

I was obsessed with the huge gator, Gomek!

We had a great time exploring and learning. We also earned two more National Park badges and did the extra work and got two cool patches as well!

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