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