Ghosts of St. Augustine, Florida

Hey folks!

Well, we have returned from our weekend in the haunted town of St. Augustine unharmed! St. Augustine is on the Atlantic coast of Florida about a 1/2 hour north of Daytona Beach. It is the longest consecutively inhabitated city in North America. Bet you didn’t know that! 🙂 It also ranks in the top three most haunted cities in the U.S. every year. With its violent past (Spanish coming in the 1500s and killing the natives, and then fighting the French when they wanted the land) there was definitely something in the air… orbs of light to be exact. These orbs were explained to us as being actual spirits… ooooooooohhhh! At least that’s what our guide on our ghost tour said. Here are the orbs I’m talking about (they look like water spots):

We also visited the Alligator Farm, a zoo specifically for all types of crocodilian animals, exotic birds, and some monkeys. Aren’t they just sooooo cute!!! They’re even smiling at you! 🙂

We also went up the 219 steps to the top of the lighthouse. For many, those steps were too much – needing to take breaks at every landing (after about 20 steps). For us, the training we had climbing the 73 steps to our Berlin apartment came in very handy! We got up to the top in no time at all! Next – the CN Tower!!!

A highlight for us this past weekend was definitely the scenic cruise/dolphin encounter. This was the first time I had ever seen dolphins in the wild swimming by the boat. It was fantastic! When you add the sunset, a temperature of 80 degrees, and the fact that the tickets for the cruise were free, you have the most perfect experience.

Speaking of free stuff, because of Ligeia’s volunteering at the aquarium, all the entertainment we took part in (the ghost tour, alligator farm, lighthouse, and cruise) were all at no charge! Thanks to her, we saved over $150 this weekend!!! Not to mention the hostel manager adding wrong and charging us half for our room!!! Maybe one of those orbs liked us 😉

And that’s all that’s new! Hope you all had a great Easter weekend!

Mindy (and Ligeia) 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Ghosts of St. Augustine, Florida

  1. Julie

    Hey there, I am glad to see that you guys didn’t forget to take the camera this time. This blog is so exciting because its full of crazy stuff!! Ghosties? now I think thats awesome….lets just hope you didn’t attract any because I heard ghosts in the home can be a real pain! Especially if they are into naked hauntings 😐 As for those alligators….you see…I can tell what the one alligator is thinking just by looking at the picture “ok, I will smile and when she takes the pic, you bite her legs off”….I think I prefer the alligator on the Yeehaw sign;) As for the lighthouse, they are beautiful to see but they have far too many stairs. I would take the easy way out and admire it from stair #1 or crawl up it instead, whichever was easier lol. I must agree with you on the dolphin thing, they are awesome to see swimming (outside of some attraction) and I got to see that often in Florida….so I am sorry to say, when you get back to Canada…you will have to take pics of the swimming seagulls instead 🙁 Anyways, hope you guys have tons more fun!! Keep Posting!!

  2. Pauline

    Hey there – Did you two miss Casa de Oliveros? My ancestor Sebastian Oliveros landed in St. Augustine 400 years ago. Oliveros, Ponce and Gonzalez are the oldest European names in the US. You can see the seachest in the oldest house that he hung onto as a 4 year old when he washed up on the shore of St. Augustine after his grandfather Ysidro drowned in a ship wreck. The whole story is in the historical society house there.

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