Friday, May 24, 2013
OMG - Is That the Atlantic Ocean?!?
I've made it all the way to St. Augustine, FL! Certainly the first time I've see the Atlantic Ocean in a VERY long time. I love old forts by the sea, so off we went to Castillo de San Marcos.
This fort actually still has all its four corners.
You enter over a drawbridge, which looks like it should have a moat underneath, but in fact was then, and is now, dry.
I'll do anything to get the shot!
This is the oldest masonry fort in the continental US. Construction began in 1672 - 107 years after the city was founded! Of course, it belonged to Spain at the time...
Wow! I loved all the cannons.
Some were quite fancy.
Just look at that detail!
The fort is made of a stone called "coquina," Spanish for "small shells."
Very old outhouses???
Inside are some old etchings of British ships.
Next, I was off to the St. Augustine lighthouse.
The bottom floor was decorated much as it would have been in the past.
Clpimb 219 steps to the top -
To see the Fresnel Lens -
And a great view!