#900 Wakulla to St. Augustine.
by Erin Napier
Just as it did 2 years ago, we started the morning with a big pancake breakfast (my favorite breakfast in all the world is here at Wakulla) and a boat tour of the springs on which we saw many many gators and manatees. Until today I’d never seen a manatee before!
We loaded the car and checked out of the lodge, then said goodbye until next year.
A keychain of mammaw’s photograph spot!
And then we took a long, slow car ride along gorgeously eerie 2-lane highways, where Ben pulled over and harvested a little Spanish moss that he intends to transplant to our backyard oak trees:
We arrived in St. Augustine, the oldest city in the country, around 8 pm and had a late dinner at the delicious and exotic Columbia Restaurant:
And for the rest of the week we’ll be staying in a king size suite of the Bayfront Inn’s Rodriguez house, a coquina building that was constructed by order of the king of Spain in the 1700s. We have a beautiful view of Mantanzas Bay and the Bridge of Lions, and the floors creak when you walk across them. Fortunately, the whole thing was renovated just a couple years ago, so we’re not roughing it on vacation while we get the historical experience.
See you tomorrow, sweet readers!
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I’m Erin Napier, co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co. with my husband, Ben. I’m an artist and he’s a craftsman and we help people moving to our town find and restore old houses on HGTV’s Home Town. In an effort to count my blessings, this journal has documented only the good things that happen on each and every day of my life since January 1, 2010. I am a wife, a daughter, a homebody, a bubble bath lover, a book reader, a sentimental, stressed out, slightly obsessive southerner. Welcome!