St. Augustine a la Rockapella

As if we needed reminding that sweaters would be needed here.

As if we needed reminding that sweaters would be needed here.

When nine visits turns into ten, we may never leave St Augustine again! Channeling The Barefoot Man here 🎶 for a musical note.

Anastasia State Park snuggles up to the St Augustine Amphitheater on where else? Anastasia Island reachable via the (opening) Bridge of Lions or the boring Rte 312  fixed bridge. I’d originally only been able to book two nights at the park but last minute got a third in our same spot.

Maybe Santa stops at St. Augustine first....

Maybe Santa stops at St. Augustine first….

Lack of snow and bone chilling cold does not impede southern-style Christmas decorating or activities, in fact it’s easier. Holiday-themed nightly events were being sponsored at the Amphitheater and fortuitously Wednesday night (our last night) would find Rockapella gracing the stage, with only a one song warm-up a cappella group. Santa, face painting and a train ride for the kids; food and spiked hot cocoa and coffee for the adults. That Captain Morgan sure knows how to warm you up from the inside out!

The locals thought 10 degrees below average was darn cold!! Well, so did we.

The locals thought 10 degrees below average was darn cold!! Well, so did we.

 

Rockapella belts out another one

Rockapella belts out another one

 

Snow! Homemade you could say.

Snow! Homemade you could say.

 

Has Russ found his true twin? Please say NO!

Has Russ found his true twin? Please say NO!

The Park was mostly full in the RV/trailer sites but the tent campers were wise to stay home during the extended chill. Our site was a bit narrow but plenty long enough.

Site 66 Sand Dollar Loop- a two minute walk to the path that leads to the Amphitheater

Site 66 Sand Dollar Loop- a two-minute walk to the path that leads to the Amphitheater

 

Free and easy tasting machine at ABC Liquors

Free and easy tasting machine at ABC Liquors

 

A red flag day, same as yesterday and the day before.

A red flag day, same as yesterday and the day before.

The park offered one nature trail, which we enjoyed for its well and oft marked growing things.

Resurrection fern on a live oak

Resurrection fern on a live oak

 

A Slash Pine. The bark sheds off in layered pieces

A Slash Pine. The bark sheds off in layered pieces

Yaupon- in my favorite color

Yaupon- in my favorite color

 

St Augustine town square in the historic area

St Augustine town square in the historic area

 

 

Russ biked to the lighthouse but got no closer than this thanks to a $10 admission (oh and lack of wallet)

Russ biked to the lighthouse but got no closer than this thanks to a $10 admission (oh and lack of wallet)

 

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