"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

September 29, 2014

Sept. 28 - St. Augustine, FL

Marineland Marina

“There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea.” – Joseph Conrad

We had a beautiful uneventful day on the water with relatively little boat traffic for a Sunday. The highlight of our day was spotting three bald eagles during our first hour on the water. 

We're docked at Marineland Marina. When Marineland was built it was the first aquatic park were people could watch and interact with dolphins and other marine life. It was opened in June of 1938 as Marine Studios – a facility designed for Hollywood film makers to create underwater footage for their movies. Never before had people had the opportunity to see marine life live and up close, and from the day it opened, Marineland has provided that opportunity to millions of guests. The park seems very small compared to today's mega facilities and now specializes in personal dolphin encounters. We opted for a walk on the beach instead of exploring the facility...we see a lot of dolphins from the boat. 

We have stayed in touch with a couple we met in 2011 that live in St. Augustine. We've tried a few times to get together this year, but it hasn't worked out. Today after we went under the Lions Bridge we get a text and a picture from them...they were walking across the bridge and spotted us...small world. Thanks Darrell and Grace-Marie for the photo.

Protecting the waterway 
 Part of our view this morning
 Sights in St. Augustine this afternoon
The Pearl in St. Augustine
It was a beautiful day...but there were some strange looking clouds
Views from the beach
 

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