It didn't take long for Jamie and I to cross back over the state line into Florida after leaving Valdosta and the true southern hospitality of Barbara and her family. Unfortunately, though, crossing the border didn't leave any of the Georgia heat behind as it trailed right after us on our way down to Saint Augustine, which isn't too very far past my original starting point of Jacksonville and Orange Park.
Following a couple of stops along the way for flip-flops at Wal-Mart, a cold beverage or two, and gas which is A LOT cheaper in Florida than in Connecticut we arrived in Saint Augustine a little after 3:00 and checked into our hotel which really isn't even worth mentioning. It may be worth writing a letter to the Choice Hotel group, though, as I was pretty disappointed with the accommodations. The location was good though so after a late lunch/early dinner at the local iHop, Jamie and I checked out the lay of the land which included this place:
Leaving Ripley's we drove around downtown Saint Augustine a little bit just to see what they had. I really wanted to stop at the old Spanish fort but ended up just doing a drive-by as it was a) too hot to get out of the air-conditioned rental car and b) even if we had wanted to get out, there was no place to park! In spite of the heat, the place was hopping and popping with people of all shapes, sizes, and ages. Still, there was some beautiful architecture to be seen and lots and lots of towers!