My younger son’s girlfriend is in college so her logical choice for a trip to see her boyfriend here in Florida is during Spring Break. Unfortunately it’s when all the Spring Breakers are here in Florida. Roll that together with Bike Week – which was the same exact week – why? … and you have a state filled with tourists and traffic.
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One area of Florida that is worth the visit is historic St. Augustine. Henry Flagler took an interest in the area and built the Ponce de Leon Hotel which is now Flagler College. Visitors began coming and haven’t stopped. But that is another story.
I find the history of the old fort in St. Augustine, Florida fascinating. Located on the east coast of Florida, the Castillo de San Marcos (which means St. Mark’s Castle) is right on the Intracoastal Waterway. Today it serves as a tourist attraction with many visitors trudging over those thick walls each day, but it was built long ago to protect the people of a Spanish settlement.
Coquina shells are tiny and numerous and can be seen all along the Florida coastline. These are the tiny shells you may see quickly digging into the sand as the surf receded from the beach. The beach seemingly comes alive as the tiny Coquina quickly cover themselves over and over. The sea birds eat them, and it looks to me like the shells are in a constant game of hide and seek – for their life!
It’s quite amazing that these little shells, when grouped together, make up a material which is hard enough to be used to build a structure, much less a huge fort! But that is what the historical Castillo de San Marcos fort in St. Augustine, Florida was made from. Yes, the basic material for those big walls is tiny seashells!