January 2010 A New Year and…

I had enjoyed my winter stay in Delray last year, that we decided to drive down and try another January sojourn in Florida. After an uneventful road trip, we stopped in St. Augustine to celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Kielys, who live there again.

Kiely's showing off new floor.

We had a great time. We did some souvenir shopping in St. Augustine, and then went out for drinks and to watch fireworks on the beach. The sad news, for those who know St. Augustine Beach – Pomar’s is closed. A blow to all beach-loving beer drinkers. We returned to the Kiely’s where Patrick cooked up a storm — oyster soufflĂ©, steaks, crab legs — a feast, to say the least. We made it past midnight, and no one was impaired the next day. Always good news for the New Year.

The next day, New Year’s Day, which was rainy and kind of chilly, we headed out to one of my favorite tourist destinations in the World. That would be the “Fountain of Youth” discovered by Ponce de Leon in the 1500s and schlocked up ever since by the locals. It remains a quaint and rather nice smaller amusement area. There were signs that the recession was having an impact, even on the Fountain of Youth, as they now have a “fill your own” option on

The Fountain of Youth - discount on on Fill your own bottle

the water, and it was on sale. So, drinking from the Fountain of Youth on a budget? It was cool in my book. We headed down to the marina for a cocktail, and I got a couple photos of multihulls.

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