Thursday, June 25, 2009
Woke up late-ish and hung out at the hotel waiting for Dad to return from work. We left the hotel around 3:00 p.m. had lunch at Subway and headed North on I-4. We were going to skip St. Augustine, but as I was driving I spoke on the phone with G who told me to stop just for a bit. The kids also wanted to go because they had studied about it in school.
In the oldest city in the U.S., we went to El Castillo de San Marcus, but was closed by the time we arrived. We were still able to walk around the perimeter and take pictures. We then drove to the Fountain of Youth, which was also closed and then just drove around the historic old town. It's very pretty! The kids liked it a lot. We continued driving north on A1A and drove through Ponte Vedra Beach and Jacksonville Beach and enjoyed looking at the beautiful homes on the ocean. We even saw a house shaped like a lighthouse. I reminded the kids how important it is to study and work hard to be able to buy one of those homes.
After driving a little bit, we heard the terrible news from one of Dad's colleagues: Michael Jackson died. It is very sad and this news and the coverage of it would follow us through this trip. R.I.P. Michael!
Afterwards, we went to Amelia Island and tried to stay at the Amelia Island Plantation, but they were sold out. We also drove around the historic downtown area and it was very nice. We ended up driving to Brunswick as we'd origianlly planned and checked into the Fairfield Inn Brunswick right off the highway. We will be exploring the Golden Isles tomorrow. Can't wait!!!