May 072016

One of the places we have been considering as a winter base and possible future home if and when we ever hang up the keys is St. Augustine. The oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement, Saint Augustine was founded in 1565 by the Spanish and has a long and colorful history.

We visited there a couple of times before for a few days at a time and always enjoyed it. Of all the places we’ve seen in Florida, Terry and I agree that it’s the one place that has just about everything we’re looking for. Nice beaches, a fishing pier, and enough to see and do to keep us busy every day of the week. So we drove up yesterday to check it out again,

This is the pier at St. Augustine Beach, which offers excellent fishing. The locals also find a lot of sharks’ teeth in the sand under the pier. Yesterday afternoon the beach was busy, with lots of people enjoying the sun and water.


We drove a couple of miles further up the road to Anastasia State Park and I used my lifetime State Parks Pass, which they gave me on our last visit there due to my veteran status, to get in free.

Anastasia sign

The park has a campground, kayak rental, picnic areas, hiking trails, and what we both consider one of the best beaches in Florida. And unlike St. Augustine Beach, there weren’t many people out there. I guess nobody likes paying the entry fee. There were even a couple of guys flying kites!

Anastasia beach

Anastasia beach 2

Speaking of kites, we stopped at Ocean Extreme Sports in St. Augustine and I got to meet Scott Benz, an online friend who I met through the Kite Life website a couple of years ago. Scott’s a nice guy and it was great to put a face with the name.

Nick Scott Benz

We had a good time exploring St. Augustine and are looking forward to going back again and spending some more time. We got back to our motorhome at Daytona Beach RV Resort tired from our trip and long day of exploring, but we feel we may be a step or two closer to finding the “right” place for us.

A while back John and Kathy Huggins interviewed me for their Living the RV Dream podcast and we talked about making money writing and self-publishing. Here is a link if that’s something you might be considering to help offset your traveling expenses.

Speaking of books and writing, my friend Mona Ingram’s romance novel Forever In My Heart, the sixth book in her Forever series, is on sale for just 99 cents until May 14. The link is for Amazon, but It’s also available on iTunes, B&N, & Kobo. Mona has a large fan base, and once you read one of her books I bet you’ll count yourself among them.

Have you entered our latest Free Drawing yet? This week’s prize is an audiobook of Swan Song, the second book in my friend Lee Hanson’s popular Julie O’Hara Mystery series. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.


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  One Response to “New Friend In An Old Town”

  1. I’ll be interested in hearing how your search goes in St. Augustine. Of all the places in Florida I’ve always thought it to be a little pricey for what it is. Waiting with eager anticipation.

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