Friday, November 16, 2007

Days 41-50
On Nov 9th we said our good-byes to the folks at the Ft. Stewart RV Park and headed the 90 miles south to the King’s Bay Submarine Base. This base is where the Atlantic missile submarine fleet calls home. So…you know with all what they carry and, obviously, what is stored on this base, the security is very tight. More than very tight.

We really enjoyed our stay here. The base is large and there are many bike paths throughout. We did a lot of riding and feel more comfortable on them now. The park is located on a small lake close to the Intercoastal Waterway and is home to many migrating birds. They, too, have their gators and crocs.

We took several day trips. One was to Fernandina Beach, Florida. Fernandina Beach is a city on Amelia Island, just NE of Jacksonville. Florida. The area was first inhabited by the Timucuan tribe. Known as the "Isle of 8 Flags", it had the following flags flown over it since 1562: France, Spain, Great Britain, Spain (again), the Patriots of Amelia Island, the Green Cross of Florida, Mexico, the Confederate States of America, and the United States. It is the only municipality in the United States that has flown eight different national flags. It is a quaint town and even in the “off” season, it is bustling with tourists.

Another trip was to Saint Augustine, Florida. St Augustine lies on the coast SE of Jacksonville, Florida. It is the oldest continuously occupied European-established city, and the oldest port, in the continental United States. It was founded by the Spanish in 1565 and served, initially, as a coastal defense fort for the Spanish Fleets. There was plenty to see and plenty to do there. This was a trip well worth re-taking. We just could not see everything we wanted to see in one day.

After staying here for 9 days we are scheduled to depart for Maryland on Nov 17th. Not looking forward to it.

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