|Site #16 at Faver-Dykes State Park
There was just enough daylight left for backing in and unhooking, the process was made more frustrating than necessary by the incessant mosquitos. With trees dripping moisture and mosquitos buzzing all around us, we could easily imagine ourselves in a rainforest in another country. After getting all set up, outside areas included, we took refuge inside from the bugs and humidity.
The next morning, we left first thing to head to St. Augustine; we had no desire to hang around at camp. We stopped for breakfast and then went to the Castillo de San Marcos. It's the oldest masonry fort in the United States. The longevity of the fort is due in part to the construction material, coquina. Coquina is a type of limestone and this particular type of coquina is made primarily of small clam shells. This material is very porous and allowed the fort to essential absorb enemy cannonballs instead of shattering under the impact.
|Coquina walls of Castillo de San Marcos
|Two hot kiddos in front of the fort
While at the marina, we also got a closer look at some of the more novel boats. One was a replica pirate ship called the Black Raven. It's essentially an ocean going stage for a pirate show. We took note of rates and times for a future special occasion - the kids were very interested and would likely really enjoy it.
|The Black Raven Pirate Ship
We had a lovely day in town (despite the heat) and decided to head back to camp for dinner. It turned out to be a very pleasant evening once we got all the citronella candles and Tiki torches lit. We took a little hike on the nature trail as well and sighted an armadillo scrounging for his dinner - if you are quiet they will walk right up to you as you can see in the video. For a minute there, I thought he was going to crawl over my feet.
The next day we tried a little fishing in the brackish waters of Pellicer Creek before heading home.
|Fishing dock on Pellicer Creek at Faver-Dykes SP
|Boat launch on Pellicer Creek at Faver-Dykes SP