And I thought it was cold yesterday morning! It was 41 degrees when our alarm went off at 7:00 am. Neither of us wanted to get out from underneath our nice toasty covers. We laid there for another hour thinking the temperature would warm up. Yeah right! Finally I called the marina office and told them we were staying one more night and we’d be in to pay when it warmed up… that’s not going to happen today. The predicted high is 52 degrees!!
We did have to walk about ¼ of a mile from A1A to the lighthouse and museum. The St. Augustine Lighthouse is painted very similar to the Cape Hatteras Light. It has the same black and white spiral but the top is painted red where Hatteras is black. They have a wonderful display of lenses, light keepers’ skiffs, cannons, and other memorabilia they’ve been either given or excavated. I was disappointed that we had to pay to climb the lighthouse but it also got us into the keeper’s house, trails, and other outbuildings. We climbed 219 steps to the top. What a great view. In fact, we could see all the way west to the mooring field where Happy Hours II is moored, to the north is the Matanza Bay and Vilano Beach Bridge and St. Augustine Inlet, and east is Salt Run and the Atlantic Ocean…..cool and breezy!
|side of light keepers' house|
|front of light keepers' house|
|north to Vilano Beach Bridge|
|Mooring field to west|
|west to Salt Run & Atlantic|
|looking up the spiral stairs|
We waited about an hour for the Sunshine bus to take us back to the marina. Traffic was backed up by the Lyons Bridge so we didn’t get there until around 3:30. Since we didn’t have lunch and our food supplies are low, we went back to Pizzalleys for their happy hour specials. Back to the boat to grab our clean clothes and shower bags and then back to our boat. Once again we’re planning on leaving tomorrow morning so we lifted our dinghy and motor. Hopefully tomorrow will be the day to continue our trek north.