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Mush & Alga's Adventure: Christmas Trip December 2012 - Part One
12-9-2012
We love to spend the holidays traveling. Visited family in TN, went to Hunting Island State Park in North Carolina, to River Street in Savannah, GA, and to the historic district in St. Augustine, Florida. Austin, TX. Fun trip. This is only part one!

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Historic Downtown St. Augustine, FLMonday, April 01, 2013

We loved this historic downtown area of St. Augustine, FL.  So much history and charm not to mention a real fort that Alga loved! This was our first visit and one of the highlights was watching the boats go through the draw bridge.  The Christmas lights made it all more beautiful.  We recommend that you visit this city.


Bryn Mawr Ocean Resort, St. Augustine, FLMonday, April 01, 2013
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Video and slide show of Bryn Mawr Ocean Resort, St. Augustine Beach, FL.  Very nice RV park with some ocean view spaces.

Sunrises Sunsets at Bryn MawrMonday, April 01, 2013

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Awesome sunsets.

Birds on Beach at Bryn MawrMonday, April 01, 2013

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It's fun to capture birds in flight on film!

Beach at Bryn Mawr Ocean ResortMonday, April 01, 2013

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View of dunes, beach and Atlantic Ocean from the boardwalk.

Bryn Mawr Ocean ResortMonday, April 01, 2013

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Alga is always happy at the beach.

Bryn Mawr Ocean ResortSunday, March 31, 2013
We stayed at this RV resort and of course we got a space as close to the water as we could get.  Nice big spaces and it comes with a covered table area that is built up so you can see the ocean beyond the dunes.  The bathrooms were the nicest we've ever seen in an RV park and they are building a new hot tub area.  The beach is great  very few people on it,  especially in the winter.  We saw a man walking his pet pot bellied pig and a young man with a wolf puppy on the beach --- never know what cool things you will see when you travel --- life is an adventure!  We drove up to St. Augustine from the RV park which is located in St. Augustine Beach, FL, but it is a short drive.  Be sure and follow the signs through the park as you can only take a big motor home one direction on some roads or you will damage your rig!


Top of Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine, FLSunday, March 31, 2013

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View from the top.

Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine, FLSunday, March 31, 2013

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View from below of sentry box and bay.

Cannons of Castillo de San Marcos. St. Augustine, FLSunday, March 31, 2013

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This cannon just fired!

Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine, FLSunday, March 31, 2013
We had a great time at the fort, took more photos than I can share here.  It sits next to St. George Street where there are lots of great shops, good food and really good chocolate. They shot off a cannon but we only have photos, no video as the battery went dead, but we captured the smoke from the cannon fire!  We went twice and Alga loved all the different cannons......a guy thing!

The Castillo de San Marcos (the fort) was founded in the European city of St. Agustine by the Spanish Crown in 1565.  Over the next 100 years, the Spanish built nine wooden forts for the defense of the town in various locations.  Following the 1668 attack by an English pirate, the Queen Regent of Spain, approved the construction of a masonry fortification to protect the city.  The masonry fort is made of a stone called coquina, small sea shells that are bonded together to form a type of stone similar to limestone. Workers were brought in from Havana, Cuba, to construct the fort in addition to Native American laborers. Construction began in October, 1672,and was completed in 1695.  The fort is surrounded by a moat which could be flooded to a depth of a foot during high-tide with seawater from Matanzas Bay.  Possession of the fort has changed six times, all peacefully, between four different governments.  It is now run by our National Park Service.


Shopping on St. George St., St. Augustine, FL. Sunday, March 31, 2013

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Waterwheel that really works.

Christmas Lights, St. Augustine, FLSunday, March 31, 2013

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Christmas lights makes everything prettier.

Draw Bridge, St. Augustine, FLSunday, March 31, 2013

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Draw bridge is up.

Historic Downtown St. Augustine, FLSunday, March 31, 2013

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Colorful downtown buildings.

St. Augustine, FLWednesday, March 20, 2013
We really enjoyed historic downtown St. Augustine, it feels like you are in Europe!  You can easily spend a few days exploring this city so rich in history.  We walked and shopped on St. George Street and found one of the many chocolate shops!  It's really a great place to visit.  The fort was awesome and they even fired one of the canons which Alan enjoyed a lot, but no video because our battery died---guess we will have to go again so we can show you the video!  Lots to do and see --- churches, Flagler College, Lightner Museum, the lighthouse and museum and much more.   Watching the boats go through the bridge - draw bridge up of course - was fun.  We will visit again and see the sites we missed this time.

St. Augustine is in northeastern Florida, below Jacksonville, and is the oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement and port in the continental United States (maybe that's why it has a European feel!). It is a small city of about 13,000 people and was founded in 1565 by the Spanish, and served as the capital of Spanish Florida for two hundred years. It remained the capital of East Florida as the colony changed hands between the Spanish, British, and Americans several times until 1824, when it was moved to Tallahassee.  (Wikipedia).


River Street Savannah, GAWednesday, March 20, 2013
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Drove from Hunting Island State Park over to Savannah, GA.  Walked around River Street and Alga found another awesome boat.

Light House at Hunting Island State ParkWednesday, March 20, 2013

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Reaching for the sky.

Light House at Hunting Island State ParkWednesday, March 20, 2013
Hunting Island’s Lighthouse was designed to be disassembled and moved if required. It consists of cast-iron sections, each weighing up to 1200 pounds which are bolted together to form the shell, which is lined with brick.  The light house is 136 feet tall, and was completed in 1875. The wrought iron staircase has 167 steps that lead to an impressive observation deck.

The Lighthouse was first located on the northern portion of Hunting Island, South Carolina, but severe beach erosion threatened the light station and its structures. By 1888 it was reported that the Atlantic Ocean’s high tide had reached within 35 feet of the keeper's house. As a result, the Lighthouse, the keeper's home and two other structures were relocated a mile away in 1889 to their present locale. (info from Wikipedia)

They have wedding, parties, picnics and more at the lighthouse.  It's a great place to relax.  We enjoyed ourselves.



Sunrises SunsetsWednesday, March 20, 2013

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Natures beauty.

Dead Trees on BeachWednesday, March 20, 2013

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Beach By CampsiteWednesday, March 20, 2013

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Loved the way this section of the beach looked.

Things to see at Hunting Island SPWednesday, March 20, 2013

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Looks like she is smiling!

Hunting Island CampgroundWednesday, March 20, 2013

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Great view from our campsite.

Hunting Island State Park, SC Monday, March 18, 2013
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Our video shows you the camping areas, the beach, sunsets and sunrises, walking/bike paths and more. This is one of the best state parks we have ever stayed at. We truly enjoyed our visit.

Hunting Island State Park, SCMonday, March 18, 2013
After visiting family in Nashville, we went on to Johnson City to visit old friends. We traveled through Asheville, NC (no pics this time), then on to Hunting Island State Park, SC.  This is an awesome state park, we camped very close to the "wet" beach (it stays compacted which makes it easy to walk on).  Hunting Island is a barrier island with four miles of beach and 5000 acres of rare maritime forest.  They have a great Visitors Center with beautiful walking/biking trails that transports you into another time and place, a Nature Center/Fishing Pier, lots of camping areas including RV spaces, showers, restrooms, a dump station.  The Lighthouse is lots of fun, they actually moved it inland  a few years ago due to the receding land.  My sister, Lynnell, and Alga climbed to the top.  

An truly fun experience is to watch the Loggerhead Sea Turtle (the state reptile of  South Carolina) Hatchlings make their way back to the ocean from mid May well into September.  No lights allowed on the beach at night from May until the end of hatching.

We really enjoyed our stay here and plan to return.  Not very busy in December, I'm sure it's very busy during the spring and summer.

We drove to Savannah, GA, for a day trip.  Little over an hour away.  We looked at the beautiful squares with the old southern mansions surrounding them and walked around River Street.  Mush's sister, Lynnell, had never been there before.  We do advise you to park in a busy area as we had a young man appear out of nowhere as we got to our car.  He commented on how nice Lynnell's ring was and it was a small subtle ring.  We think he thought she was walking alone and when he saw three of us he disappeared very quickly.  Spooked us!  Always be aware no matter where you travel.




RV Park outside Winnfield, LAMonday, March 18, 2013

Tiny RV Park just outside of Winnfield, LA.  We paid cash for the night and can't remember the name of it, sorry.  Mush did "talk" to the huge oak tree!

Taking the back roads to Nashville, TNMonday, March 18, 2013
December 6, 2012, finally on our vacation.  We traveled the more scenic back roads from Austin, TX,  headed toward Nashville, TN, to see our family.  It took us four days to get to Nashville.....we really took our time!  It is much more scenic when you get off the interstates and drive through all the small towns, you really get a feeling of the town.  We prefer to drive in daylight because you can't see much at night.

We traveled through Nacogdoches, TX, into Natchez, MS, on thru Vicksburg, Yazoo City, up to Holly Springs (all in MS), then over to Tuscumbia, AL, then on up to Nashville, TN.  That trip took 4 days!  


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