We are camping in St. Augustine all this week, and it’s been fun. Not at all what we expected, but still nice. The campground itself is huge, with large, tree lined sites sporting enough shade to keep the air conditioning off in the rig. I was disappointed when we pulled into the campground because it wasn’t right on the beach, but when the wind started to blow, I was happier. Nice to have the protection of 1/4 mile of land.
Unfortunately, probably due to the trees and lack of cell service, we’ve had to find the local libraries. Went to the nearest one first thing one morning, only to have a sign on the front of it read “no locals”. It was a library on the little Flagler college campus in downtown St. Augustine, and the librarian said it was for students only. ONLY. We’d already paid for parking. Oops. So we went to a second one where they wanted us to sit at a corner table – and the wifi didn’t work at all. They said they weren’t sure when it would be on again. The third one turned out to be our spot for the week – the little local Anastia Island library, tucked in the middle of a shopping mall. One busy library, we were lucky to get a table each day and Dan and I only had to pay $3 to use the wifi on their computers for 3 hours. (We miss that great regional library in Arizona – huge windows, $5 for a month of wifi, really nice staff – each time we hit a new one.) The picture below is of the fountain outside as we were leaving after a long day. I have been collecting shells and rocks this whole trip (to make a great art project upon return home), but we were all joking that this shell is one I couldn’t fit in the RV. Well, I could. I’ve already channeled Lucy from The Longest Trailer and have rocks tucked away where yo wouldn’t expect them.
I walked on the beach every day, and took this picture the first time. The sky was beautiful, a late afternoon of color and sea smells and a bag full of shells. Heaven. It felt like I was floating as I walked and walked and I was loathe to head back to the RV and fix dinner.
At the end of our stay, we still hadn’t seen the downtown area or fort, so Eliza and I headed out to explore. We didn’t realize it was going to storm so hard, so we were freezing the whole time. We had no interest in anything, didn’t want to shop at all, but admired all the tourists out in full rain gear, bearing the cold. I had really wanted to take a tour of this fort because St. Augustine is the first civilized city for Florida and the fort played a vital role, but when we got there, I actually asked Eliza to just hop out and take a picture, and then could we please go home? She was game of course, and took this great parking lot shot.
We were laughing on the way back to the rig that we didn’t feel like playing tourist now, that we just felt more like part of each community we were in because we were there for a whole week, and doing things just like the locals – working out, grocery shopping, hitting the libraries, renting movies. This is our version of normal for now and I like it!