Castillo de San Marcos

Castillo de San Marcos March 2023 The Castillo de San Marcos is an 18th-century Spanish fortification in St. Augustine, Florida.  Built between 1672 and 1695 to protect the city from attacks during the colonial period, it is one of the oldest and best-preserved Spanish colonial fortifications in the United States.  It has served as a […]

Lightner Museum

Lightner Museum St Augustine is full of hidden history and the museum was no exception.  Even the building itself has a great historic past. The Museum occupies the former Alcazar Hotel, one of the Gilded Age resort hotels commissioned by Henry Flagler, a Standard Oil executive. The hotel, a Spanish Renaissance Revival building designed by […]

Old Spanish Chimney

Old Spanish Chimney The ruins of an old Spanish chimney and well are the remains of what was probably a Spanish barracks that housed the quarry overseer, master masons and stone cutters who were involved in the construction of the Castillo de San Marcos.  The quarry, located directly across from the site of the chimney […]

Cap’s on the Water

Cap’s on the Water 4325 Myrtle St St Augustine, FL 32084 (904)824-8794 If you’re looking for a unique dining experience with fresh seafood and stunning views, then Caps on the Water is the perfect place to visit. Located on the waterfront in St. Augustine, Florida, this restaurant offers a relaxed atmosphere with beautiful views of […]

Sunbury Crab Co & Marina

Sunbury Crab Co and Marina April 5, 2023 Definitely off the beaten path, this stop on the loop is a hidden gem.  Both the marina and the restaurant are family owned and operated.  We called as we were on our way and made a reservation for both a slip for the night and dinner.  The […]

Palm Cove Marina

Palm Cove Marina April 1 – 4, 2023 Palm Cove Marina was a short 4 hour cruise from our St Augustine marina and provided an excellent stop for our shake down cruise.  Convenient to a Publix, Target and West Marine, we were able to make some repairs to the boat and some minor additions that would […]

St Augustine National Cemetery

St Augustine National Cemetery December 18,2022 The Florida Indian Wars (1835 – 1842) began with the murder of an Indian agent at Fort King. During the Second Seminole War, December 28, 1835, Major Francis Dade led a column of 108 US army soldiers to relieve a detachment at Fort King. The troops were surprised by […]

Washington Oaks

Washington Oaks March 2023 I can not think of a better way to spend $5!  Washington Oaks Gardens was absolutely amazing and it was still waking up from winter.  Of course it didn’  hurt that the weather was perfect, sunny and mid 70’s.  The history of the gardens is rich. Part of a Spanish land grant in […]

And so it begins

And so it begins February 2023 This year is going to be a wild ride if our plans work out.  Of course, this is boating so you just never know. Yes, 2023 is the year we finally are planning to start America’s Great Loop – a 6,000 mile journey up the east coast, across the […]

Conch House Restaurant and lounge

Conch House Restaurant and lounge February 2023 The Conch House Marina Restaurant, located on Anastasia Island, offers a unique view of the marina, Conch Island, Salt Run waterway and the Vilano Bridge.  Menu offerings include fresh seafood, pastas and burgers but specializes in Caribbean style cooking.  The restaurant offers unique outdoor dining including elevated tiki […]