Sunday, May 10, 2009

Sizzling in Northern Florida

We spent the weekend exploring the National Park Sites and area beaches near Jacksonville and Saint Augustine, Florida. The temperature was 95 degrees and the humidity level was high, so we enjoyed the opportunity to jump into the ocean and play in the waves.

Among the sites we explored were: Castillo de San Marcos NM (an old coastal fort); Fort Matanzas NM (means "The Slaughters" in Spanish); Fort Caroline NM (another old coastal fort); Timucuan Preserve (a beautiful coastal marsh and forest).

We camped in Gold Head Branch State Park, FL. The temperature cooled off soon after we set up our tent, so we spent a pleasant evening hiking, watching raccoons, and listening to the nocturnal creatures explore under the light of the rising full moon. This morning we hiked several miles on the Florida National Scenic Trail.

Next weekend we'll visit one more national park site...any ideas which one it will be? Stay tuned...

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