Dagger Down - Stopover in St. Augustine

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We entered the channel without difficulty, despite having heard that it can be quite treacherous at times when the seas, current and wind are not aligned. Even at first glance the city of St. Augustine seemed enchanting. We were very excited about exploring the oldest city in the US and dropped anchor just north of the inlet. Then Ben and I hit the sack as we also were tired from our 30-hour sail from Charleston. Next morning, we moved closer to the city at the Municipal Marina. Our reservation was on the south side of the Bridge of Lions, so we passed through the draw bridge. After lunch we walked around the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and through the town’s cobbled stone streets. It was lovely town with lots of cool Spanish and English architecture. The fort was originally built of wood, but they finally wised up and built it of stone. There was so much history everywhere you looked with lots of traditions and legacies. For dinner, we dinghied into St. Augustine. Wow what a difference a day makes. Yesterday was beautiful and the dinghy ride was totally uneventful. Today the current, wind and waves assured that we took buckets of water over the bow of the dinghy as we headed to shore. I was so happy that I had the foresight to put on my waterproof pants. John, however, got ...

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