Yesterday was Carl’s 55th Birthday so he celebrated by taking the day off of work and spending the day with the rest of us in St. Augustine. A while back, I saw a Living Social Deal for a Dolphin Safari and Scenic Boat Tour which I purchased for Carl, mom and I to use to celebrate her birthday and mother’s day while she was here. When I found out John and Laurie were visiting too, we invited them but John gets sea-sick so they decided to do site-seeing instead.
We loaded a little Vietnam-era boat with about 20 people to tour the intercoastal waters searching for dolphins.
We were not disappointed and saw many pods cruising the waterways. There is just something so exciting about seeing dolphins bopping out of the water, especially in pairs.
We also got a unique view of St. Augustine from the water, including the Bridge of Lions in it’s up position, and learned some interesting facts along the way. It was a great experience and we all loved it.
After our boat tour, we met up with John and Laurie for lunch at a little cafe.
We had a brief period of rain while we walked over to the fort but luckily it stopped for the rest of our exploring.
Carl had never been inside the fort as an adult so he loved getting to learn more of the history of Castillo de San Marcos.
Then began the drinking part of our afternoon :). First we stopped for a drink at the Martini Bar.
Then it was onto a tour of the St. Augustine Distillery, where we sampled 4 different cocktails.
We ended our visit with dinner at our favorite St. Augustine Restaurant, Aunt Kate’s, thanks to John and Laurie. After returning home and playing some dominoes, I made Carl his birthday dessert of chocolate whip. The elusive son even made a guest appearance for his father’s birthday!
It was a great day in St. Augustine together and celebrating Carl’s birthday.
We love you Carl and think 55 looks great on you! Happy Birthday!