I’m a coffee snob. I may also be a music snob, a boot snob, and a guitar snob. I am not, however, a beach snob. I have friends who think South Carolina beaches are crap. I have friends who think the Myrtle Beach area beaches are dirty and gross. I understand that I do not have to agree with them to be their friend or to respect them. I’ve been to beaches on both sides of Florida and the panhandle and their beaches are nice. There are probably not many beaches I wouldn’t like. The beaches at St. Augustine are pretty good. The sand is white and fine and the beaches are very wide. One difference from the beaches here is the long distance one must walk to get to the beach. St. Augustine has wisely protected a wide area of dunes between the beach and the residential areas and this creates a cool little ecosystem in that space. So while you may have to carry a bunch of beach stuff farther and across a long boardwalk, you may just see tortoises, snakes, and rabbits along the way.
We ended the day by walking through the old town. If you’ve never been, it’s definitely worth putting on your list. The oldest continuously inhabited city in the US. Lots of parks and historical things and some really good food. We ate at a place called Burger Buckets and it was really good. We also got some Hyppo pops and Blue and I grabbed milkshakes at Cousteau’s. Cousteau’s is worth the drive to Florida on its own. They only sell waffles and milkshakes. What a dream come true. They’re all specialty mixtures and all very good. The restaurant is themed around the movie “The Life Aquatic” and Jacques Cousteau. Very cool. Highly recommended. It was a good day.
Thursday woke us all up with the realization that vacation was almost over. We got breakfast at a local diner and then hit the beach. It drizzled a little but I didn’t care. I finished my David Sedaris book and had a beach nap. I may have went inside in the afternoon and had a second nap. We tried the closed restaurant again and it was open this time. We drove around a little seeing things we missed on previous visits and watched lightning in the distance. We ended the day by visiting the Publix bakery and grabbing desserts. Oh, and I caught a vintage Tom & Jerry cartoon before the Olympics were back on. That was nice.