Chasing the Sunrise travel blog

Giant cross marking the coastline where Mission Nombre De Dios (Name of...

A informational plaque telling of the establishment of St. Augustine and the...

A statue of Father Francisco Lopez de Mendoza Grajaies the priest who...

Plaque next to statue of Father Grajales in the park.

A bronze map showing the missions established on the east coast from...

A picture through the beautiful park where the mission has stood since...

A plaque about the history of the mission grounds.

Chapel Shrine to Our Lady of La Lache. Chapel first built in...

Sisters of St. Joseph graves. The sisters provided education to ex slaves...

A plaque commemorating some of the sisters burried here.

Guana Tolomato Matanzas Reserve - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

A stork along the river short at the reserve.

A white heroin on a post at the reserve.

The entrance to the Guana Tolomato Matanzas Reserve study center.

A group of pelican preening their feathers behind the study center.

Bridge leaving St. Augustine north on Hwy A1A along the coast. The...


November 8th we went up to St. Augustine on a day trip to hopefully gain a little more prospective on American history. Part of our history that we never got through the school systems which both of us grew up in. We had always assumed as we were taught in school, that the pilgrams were the first Europeans to arrive in the North America area. As recorded in the history of Florida at St. Augustine, that isn't true. The settlement at St. Augustine was established 55 years before the pilgrims arrived. A very interestinf place to explore not only history but also the geography and Atlantic Ocean's impact on the pennisula. I never realized how much water there is in the state. Many rivers and lakes throughout the state. Of course with the thousands of miles of shorelines on both the Atlantic and Gulf it is also impacted by the waters of both bodies too. To navigate the around the state and it's waterways one has to either have a boat or bridges over the waters. The state has many of both. Rita and I are both amazed at how fast the weather changes across Florida. From warm and muggy to cold and wet withen a few short hours. You realize that hey, there aren't any mountains to slow weather changes down. The weather is also effected by both the Atlantic and the Gulf. Storms can come fron both sides. This being our first visit to Florida we have found it very interesting and a great place to visit. Too many things to do and see in the short time we are here.



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