#900 Wakulla to St. Augustine.

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!