Parking: The Conch House
As with most state parks in Florida, it’s impossible to get an RV spot for a contiguous block of days without having made a reservations months in advance, so we stayed at The Conch House hotel. I spent a lot of time in St. Augustine as a teenager (just after getting my license!), so I was very happy to get visit again.
There were some thunderstorms during our stay, but I was determined to get in some sailing, and we finally got one glorious day. We took Eidolon out past the islands into the Atlantic “proper.” Now I just need to figure out some way to get her into the Arctic when we visit Alaska, and she’ll be a three-ocean boat.
The sailing was glorious. We sailed right up along the sea wall (weaving amongst the boats moored there), and I think we are now part of about a hundred people’s vacation photos because people were snapping pictures like crazy. Why? Because we were actually under sail. We saw about fifty sailboats making their way through the ICW, under the Lions Bridge, and into town – but we were the only boat that was actually under sail. We looked quite picturesque skimming along.
Biking from the hotel to the city across the Lions Bridge was quite easy, so we went a couple of times to walk around town, see the fort (free! America the Beautiful pass is finally useful), eat at the restaurants, and have some gourmet popsicles – I had cucumber/mint/lime (like eating a frozen salad) and my partner had an Elvis (banana/chocolate/honey).
We finished up our stay with dinner at the Conch House (in one of their tiki hut nests), and my partner had his first taste of alligator.