I saw Fort Mantanzas, and thought, why go all the way to St. Augustine.So, I pulled into the small parking area.
Boardwalk, steps, beach.
On the Matanzas River at 9:08
Matanzas Inlet. I grounded on a sandbar. Got out and walked back. Carefully holding on to the kayak as the tide was rushing out. Holding to a line not the yak itself.
Saw a manatee.
I wondered what this mangrove-less island was. I was told later by a ranger, spoil island from dredging the Intra Costal Waterway
Last time I paddled this area, I saw several dolphins. Today, the current was swift, big waves where two channels meet. I turned around.
Went to the Visitor Center, got a ticket (free) for the next trip to the Fort.
Matanzas translates to Slaughter. The Spanish killed shipwrecked Frenchmen. Ending France's efforts to have a Florida colony
Checking on the kayak before boarding the NPS pontoon boat.
Fort Matanzas usually had a garrison of 7 men. It was a hardship post.
Those people need to put my kayak under an umbrella
If Santa and go down the chimney...
I visited the right day. Not only were there re-enactors in period uniform, but I saw the once a month
Cannon firing just sounds wrong.
Back on the boat
The guy distributing the tour boat tickets told me about a launch site near Marineland.
I had to ask what they were. The drum.
Where there are fish, there are,
Sat under a oak and ate lunch
Inside the home of the Park's last owner, who donated the property to the State in 1964
The Atlantic side has a unique feature.
Including Fort Mantanzas
Fish in a stone enclosed tidal pool
Short, and tidal.
Highbridge Road Bridge
Home on an island in the creek