Gator-Raid Day 7 – The Nation’s Oldest City

St. Augustine is two hours away from Gainesville, and to wrap up the weekend, we all took a trip to visit the nation’s oldest city. On the way there, though, we made a quick pit stop to see Satchels Pizza in daylight, since I was unable to take any “quality” photos last night.

Remember when I said that Satchels was like an art museum made of junk? See for yourself:

My parents call me a packrat, just because I don’t like throwing things away. Looks like I know what I could do with some of my old toys…!

Afterwards, we hit the road towards St. Augustine. I fell asleep in the car on the way there, in the exact same way that my mom would sleep in the back of the car – head rested 90 degrees backward, mouth wide open. I was awakened by giggles from Sydney and Meghan, only to realize we’ve arrived in St. Augustine. It really did look like the oldest city in America.

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Right outside of the parking garage was the immediate tourist trap. Stores and souvenir shops were everywhere. But then again, I was on spring break and a tourist so…

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After shopping for hammocks (yes, we found a store that sold only hammocks), we were getting hot, so we needed something cold to munch on. The Hyppo is a popsicle shop with locations in St. Augustine and Gainesville. They sell gourmet popsicles made out of fresh fruit. I ended up buying one of my favorite fruit, Strawberry of course, but this wasn’t any ordinary strawberry popsicle; it had a “spice” to it. It was a Strawberry Datil popsicle, made of fresh strawberries and datil peppers. That made a cold dessert a spicy one. It was an interesting sensation, but the spice enhanced the flavor.

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We spent the day shopping, visiting Flagler College, and walking across the drawbridge/sight-seeing.

We returned back to Gainesville just before sunset, and Meghan took me back to Payne’s Prairie to see the sunset that everyone has talked about since my arrival. They weren’t kidding – the sunset was beautiful.

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