Week 5: Slowing Down in St. Augustine

We slowed down and took time to walk around and enjoy St. Augustine this week, in addition to getting new Florida drivers licenses, collecting a month’s worth of mail, and registering to vote.

Morning sunshine at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina.
The St. Augustine Municipal Marina

The marina’s location is great for walking around historic St. Augustine, and not too far from Anastasia State Park.

We spent an enjoyable morning at the park listening to a marine biologist talk about the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale, learning that St. Augustine is their primary destination for fattening up their babies – to the tune of 100 pounds per day.

An interpretive whale sign at Anastasia State Park
We attended an excellent nature walk about the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale at Anastasia State Park.

We had noticed whale protection areas on our charts as we sailed south, and it was fascinating to learn about how the areas came to be marked, and how the ocean’s changing water temperatures are impacting where the whales congregate as their food sources move.

People on a beach
Our interpretive guide noted that St. Augustine area beaches are top spots for close-to-shore viewings of female Right Whales and their babies. The season hadn’t yet started, so we didn’t expect to see any…and we didn’t.

A primary reason for stopping in St. Augustine was to rent a car, go to St. Brendan’s Isle, our mail delivery service in Green Cove Springs to pick up packages and regular mail in order to register Vinyasa as our domicile in Florida and get new drivers licenses.

Allan unpacking our delivered boxes
Allan unpacking boxes at St. Brendan’s Isle, our mail service in Green Cove Springs.

We established our domicile, registered the boat and the dinghy, and got our licenses in a couple of hours. It was also important to register to vote, a process we subsequently completed online.

After all that, we were ready to slow down, put the boat projects on hold for a bit, and simply enjoy being in such a pretty town.

Holiday lights along U.S. Highway 1
Holiday lights along U.S. Highway 1 on St. Augustine’s waterfront.

There’s a wide variety of restaurants to choose from, which we in turn have been happily eating our way through most days.

Dinner at Harry’s Seafood, Bar & Grille
Dinner at Harry’s Seafood, Bar & Grille with old and new cruising friends.
Allan and Lavonne in St. Augustine
We’ve thoroughly enjoyed St. Augustine, and now understand why it was so highly recommended by so many friends.

2 thoughts on “Week 5: Slowing Down in St. Augustine”

  1. Allan and Lavonne:
    Gail, Dewey and I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We are happy you are in a good, warm and safe place.
    Also please forward our best wishes to Jeff and Marguerite.

    1. Dear John, Gail, and sweet Dewey boy,

      Thanks for the holiday wishes, which we will pass along to Jeff and Margerite!

      We wish all of you a very Merry Christmas, too 🙂

      Lavonne & Allan

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