We hadn’t been on vacation in quite some time. So; we decided to go somewhere this year.
It was sort of poor planning on my part, because I planned to leave the same day our son graduated from high school. To my defense, I didn’t realize this until after we had booked everything, and who graduates in the middle of June? When I was in school we were out by the end of May. Jacob was a little upset, but we left right after graduation and headed South. My parents went with us this year. It was the first time we’ve vacationed together, except for long weekend trips to Gatlinburg and it was spending time together.
While we were there, St. Augustine was celebrating it’s 500 year anniversary and there was a special ship there called El Galeon. It was pretty cool considering it was a working replica, which sailed from Spain. The crew were very nice to talk to, and they said it took them twenty-four days to get to Florida. I can not imagine this considering I thought a sixteen hour drive was long!
This just one of the beautiful windows of stained glass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. This church was established in 1565, I believe this is the oldest parish in America. It was incredibly beautiful and so serene.
These beautiful parrots were at the Alligator Farm too. The blue parrot was modeling for us. It was so funny, he would look right at us when we had the camera pointed at him and then look away if we didn’t. They’re such smart animals.
I have no idea what kind of birds these are, but there were hundreds of them in the trees. They were beautiful and so fuzzy! They were so close you could almost reach out and touch them (which I’m sure would be frowned upon – and I’m assuming could be dangerous, so I didn’t try).
In our family, we can’t go to Florida, without going to the beach. That’s the whole point right? The beach in St. Augustine was so nice, the sand was clean, and very fine and we didn’t see one sting-ray, jelly fish or shark. Whew!!
Hope you can enjoy some down time this summer too!!~Bam