We slept late this morning and woke to a steamy, sunny day. Bob worked on installing the bilge pump switch while I did some laundry. He also did some research on fixing a problem with the door. We were having a very low/high tide today and many of the oysters along the seawall were exposed. We are expecting a 5 ft. tide today.
We decided to walk up to the historic downtown area and explore some of the back streets and alley shops that we haven't done before. The Red Train tour was traveling down the "oldest street" in St. Augustine.
We checked out a shop with all sorts of pirate paraphernalia --anything "pirate" could be found there. Even this crazy looking pirate!
We stopped to check out the Florida Cracker Cafe and had a beer at the bar.
There were people shopping on St. George St.--a walking mall closed to vehicles--but crowds were light. We ducked into different shops and bars when it got too hot to be outside.
One of those places we went in to cool off was The Bull and Crown Public House. It is located in the Colonial Quarter and is an authentic British pub.
This unique structure is the oldest wood schoolhouse in the United States.
We walked to the end of St. George Street where the walls of the city gate guarded the north side of the city.
Castillo de San Marcos (fort) sits at the waterfront. The walls are made of coquina stone that was quarried on Anastasia Island.
On our walk back to the boat, we stopped to have a beer at Meehan's Irish Pub. It was an authentic Irish Pub serving shepherd's pie, bangors and mash, and other Irish dishes.
Upstairs is Johnny's Oyster Bar where they were serving a dozen oysters for $24. That's a little expensive for our tastes!
From the window upstairs, I could get a good view of the St. Augustine inlet where it was looking very calm out in the Atlantic today.
Back at the boat, we rested in the coolness of the AC. It was 91, with a "feels like" temperature of 100 degrees. We are looking forward to cooler temps on Saturday when we might be getting some rain. Relief is in the forecast. Auggie and I took a walk before dinner so he could stretch his legs. Unfortunately, he doesn't know enough to take it easy in the heat. Once we got back to the boat, it wasn't long before he was taking a nap. We'll walk again after dinner, but we'll wait for it to cool off a little. We might even get a little rain. It's that time of the year when the afternoon showers appear most days.