Monday, June 25, 2012

North Beach Camp Resort, Saint Augustine, FL

Well, this is our fourth ‘mini’ trip in Winnie and we are definitely hooked! The thing I hear Dave say most often is that he loves me (he is a most wonderful husband!), next to that it is, ‘ok, so when are we taking our next trip?’ He is so excited about this new adventure, well, we both are, but I think now that he has finished his Master’s degree, he’s looking forward to this fun chapter in our lives.

We left mid-day on Friday after both of us had worked for a while. Dave’s boss was cool with him taking an ‘extended’ lunch to make the drive to St. Augustine, as he knew Dave would make up the time.

Here’s a photo of the office where you check in and here is the beach across the street. (FYI-you can click on photos to enlarge them)
What I love about this place is the old school, laid back vibe. When we checked in, our reservation was on paper, not a computer! You don’t see that much anymore. This place definitely has a family feel.

After work, we rode our bikes to the beach (just 2 min. from our site) and enjoyed walking on the nearly empty shoreline. There was one other couple and we both took turns taking a photo for each other.

We rode our bikes through all the different loops and realized what a great place this is. Most of the sites are very private with an abundance of trees and palmetto scrub. We noticed that there are a couple loops where it appears people live there maybe even full time. There were RVs that had patios built on and one had a really awesome thatched roof with bamboo fencing around it. There were also some really cute mobile homes too. Our lot was number 57 and we loved it.

We rode to the back of the camp resort which ends at the Intracoastal, and there is a fantastic water front restaurant called Aunt Kate's. We had a yummy dinner there, and a side note if you ever go, the portions are huge so think about splitting an entrée.

Ok, I had a weak moment at the grocery store before our trip and I bought some Nestle Toll House break and bake cookies, but, silly me, forgot to bring a cookie sheet. We’ve used the microwave and stove top before but never the oven. I really wanted to try out the oven (ok, I really wanted the cookies). We learned some lessons we want to pass along:

1.) You cannot use wax paper in an oven without a cookie sheet…it starts to smoke.
2.) You cannot fix break and bake cookies in the microwave, they burn and smoke at 1 minute.
3.) You cannot fix them in the frying pan (that one was Dave’s idea). They just become a gooey mess.

Don’t judge me..I REALLY wanted some chocolate chip cookies! Oh, how I wish now I’d taken photos. It was actually quite hilarious once the burnt cookie smell vacated our RV. And don’t worry, we have a fire extinguisher in case we ever need it. Sadly, we had no cookies last night. I ate a Werther’s candy, but it wasn’t the same (sigh).

We are sitting outside this morning sipping coffee and enjoying how cool and breezy it is. We haven’t hooked up a tow package yet to be able to bring the car, but we have the bikes and might ride to downtown St. Augustine later. It’s about 5 miles away.

Well, we indeed rode the bikes to downtown St. Augustine (and back) and we have the jelly legs to prove it! It really wasn’t that bad…a little far and the bridge is a bit tiring just before you reach the top, but nice that the absence of our car didn’t stop us from getting around. The weather was fantastic in spite of possible rain in the forecast. Warm, but a great breeze. We parked the bikes and took one of those guided trolley tours since we’d never done it. It was fun! You can check out their site here. We biked and walked throughout the town after the trolley tour and although there were tons of choices, we ended up at Columbia Restaurant for a late lunch/early dinner. If you’ve ever eaten there, then you may feel like we do….almost impossible to not stop if you’re even slightly hungry. It has quickly become one of my favorite restaurants! You MUST try the 1905 Salad sometime…promise me you will!

We got a souvenir St. Augustine pin for our RV hat. What is an RV hat you might ask?! Here is our RV hat!

Dave and I joked that if we ever got an RV, he’d need a hat like a trucker! One of those foam trucker caps. So, when we got Winnie, I found a store online called Lids and was able to get this hat and get it customized! We keep it in the RV and use it to put souvenir pins on! Too funny!

We had a quiet night with a game of Stop Thief (we love our vintage board games!), some House Hunters International (I told Dave it’s ok if he watches it because he’s married, lol!) and some reading.

Sunday morning we went to church via the internet! If you haven’t checked it out yet, check out Family Bible Church’s live streaming Sunday service by clicking here.

We packed up and headed home taking the scenic route down A1A. Dave is a really great driver, even on those narrow roads! We love coming home but Dave has already asked me when we can leave on our next trip! Hint, next time won’t be near a beach. ;o)

Here are some more photos of our trip:

If you are longing to be at the beach or hear the sound of ocean waves, click play below and enjoy!!

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