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Even though the family reunion actually takes place at Crescent Beach, we always come up with a reason to make the 15 minute drive to downtown St. Augustine. This year was obviously no exception, but since I was only going to be able to stay for a long weekend, my Aunt Ingrid, my Aunt Diane and I decided to have a girls day out and hit up the shops/cafes on Sunday. It never ceases to amaze me how you can go somewhere for years and feel like you know it like the back of you hand. Then, you go with someone else, and it seems like a whole new place. Sure, there were a few places that lined up for all of us, but I’d never been into some of the galleries we walked through or seen some of the private gardens we discovered as we skirted around the edge of the “tourist” area.
I really do love St. Augustine; for a while, I had even considered going to Flagler College just so I could spend my undergraduate years strolling the cobble streets and taking in the ocean breeze. Ultimately, I realized that, as much fun as I have one week out of the year, it wasn’t enough to base such a big decision on. Much better to move to a place I’d only seen once before orientation; at least they had my desired major.
Well lovely readers, Andy and I are back in Tally with a household of very happy fluffy children. Here are a few shots of our trip.
It was so great to see my family, I wish it didn’t only happen once a year! Unfortunately, all my dad’s side is pretty spread out, so until I get a lot more vacation time i’ll take what I can get. The beach was absolutely gorgeous, a little warmer than in years past, but oh so wonderful. I haven’t even been back a whole day and I miss it already.
I finally downloaded all the pictures from my camera! Here are some of my favorite St. Augustine photos.
I thought this little guy was about as cute as a tortoise could get, he wasn’t nearly as enthusiastic about me. He gave me about two minutes to get some pictures and then he meandered back into the dunes.
It’s hard to believe that this time last week I was having breakfast with my extended family with the beach right off the back porch. My dad’s family has been gathering at the beach one week every summer for as long as I’ve been alive. Every time I sink my toes into the beautiful powdery sand it feels like I never left.