Veteran’s Day in St. Augustine

On Veteran’s Day 2017, my husband Kevin (a U.S. Navy Veteran) and I went to the bay front in Downtown St. Augustine to watch the annual Veteran’s Day parade. It was a beautiful display of patriotism and the atmosphere was exhilarating! St. Augustine High’s band and JROTC program was fabulous, and I am so touched and thrilled to see our local  youth become involved in something as important as honoring our veterans!  My family has served in the military for over 100 years, with my brother Stephen serving in the Navy and his son Ben now serving in the Army!  I am so grateful to every single service member for their fight to keep America free, and to their families for the sacrifices they have made to support those who serve!  May God bless you and keep you!

With tremendous gratitude,

Paula Fallon

 

Ecotourism in Marineland

Ecotourism in Marineland

Explore the vast nature in Marineland with an eco-excursion from Marineland. What this consists of is a 2.5-hour kayak tour into the Marineland Matanzas Basin. While on this tour an expert will be focusing on things like the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin natural habitat. There is no prior kayaking experience needed either, this tour is offered from September – May.

 

Top Five Golf Courses in St.Johns

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Top Five Golf Courses in St. Johns

While St. Johns County has a vast array of golf courses both public and private, these are the top 5 courses in the county.  Happy Golfing everyone!

King & Bear: Located at the World Golf Village, the design of the course is a unique collaboration between Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Experience truly spectacular forestry with exotic loblolly pines, majestic oak trees, and crystal clear lakes. This course is open to the public.

Slammer & Squire: Conveniently located within the resort of World Golf, this course was designed by Bobby Weed with other design consultants like Sam Snead and Gene Sarazen.  This course is open to the public.

TPC SawgrassKnown as being one of the best courses in the country, this course is located between Jacksonville, Florida, and St. Augustine Florida. Travel + Leisure Golf Magazine has awarded TPC with, “Top 10 Golf Course Resorts in the World”.  This course is open to the public.

Palencia Club: One of the greatest luxuries of this course is the location. Conveniently located within Palencia’s village center, golfer or not, there’s an experience for everyone. Whether it be golfing, fine dining, or a night out, this course has it all. Designed by Arthur Hill, this massive 7,701-yard course consists of ancient maritime oak trees and is along the Intracoastal Waterway.  This a private course.

Marsh Creek Country ClubThe only private golf course located on the barrier island of Anastasia, Marsh Creek encourages golfers of all levels of experience to enjoy the course. There are six tee placements in order to accommodate all level of players.  This is a private course.

 

Why Rent When You Can Own?

 

Why rent when you can own?

Thinking about purchasing a home this year? Discover everything that you need to know to get started.

  • Relevant mortgage information.
  • Credit fixes.
  • Planning for a financially rewarding future.
  • Current real estate market information and the home buying process.

RSVP through Eventbrite or call Paula directly at 904-687-6177 to reserve your space.

Fort Mantanzas – A Hidden Treasure

Built in 1742 by the Spanish to guard Matanzas Inlet, which was used as a rear entrance to the city of St. Augustine, this National Monument listed on the National Register of Historic Places is one of the most popular places to visit in St. Augustine.

Located on Rattlesnake Island, Matanzas Fort is 50 feet long on each side with a 30-foot high tower. The standard garrison of the fort was an officer in charge, two gunners, and four infantrymen although if necessary more troops could be accommodated. There were six cannons which could all reach the inlet when shot, which was less than half a mile away at the time. There was only one occasion when the cannons were actually fired. This occurred in 1742 as the fort was nearing completion.

Today the fort stands as a monument to the history of St. Augustine. Boaters who travel down the Intracoastal to hang out at the Matanzas Inlet enjoy its splendor as they pass by as well as enjoying fabulous sunsets over the fort.

Free tours of the Matanzas Fort are available daily. For more information on visiting the Matanzas Fort go to Fort Matanzas National Monument (National Park Service website.)

Florida Zip Line Adventure

Adventure is my middle name! I thrive on new experiences, meeting new people, and having a blast. So it was no big surprise to my husband that I jumped on the opportunity to go to Canyon Zip Line and Canopy Tours when Kevin’s family invited us! Zip Lining in Florida you say?

Believe it or not, there is a really great place to zip line right in Ocala! The place is called Canyons Zip Line & Canopy Tours. The staff is not only well trained but they also provide you with some really bad jokes and a lot of fun along the way! This organization has been featured on Fox News, ABC, NBC, and National Geographic. We did the Full Zip/Canopy Tour which includes 9 zip lines, 2 rope bridges and a rappel which lasted for approximately 2 ½ hours.

The zip line you’re seeing me on in the video is the longest and fastest zip line of the 9. I was doing approximately 50 miles per hour over the water! What a blast!! After we finished that, I decided to do the Super Zip which was so incredible. You’re strapped into a harness and suspended from the zip line so that you are belly down. It was the closest I have ever gotten to
feeling like I was flying like a bird, and it was exhilarating! The ride was ¼ mile long over water and trees. I absolutely loved it!

The only thing I didn’t do while we were there was go horseback riding through the 100 acre property! Oh well, maybe next time. For more information on how to have a blast with family and friends and confront your fear of heights (like I did) visit zipthecanyons.com.

Biking on the Beach

Biking on the beach is one of my favorite things to do in St. Augustine! I do it several times a week, usually in the morning hours. It’s a great workout especially when it’s windy! At the same time, it’s very relaxing and definitely puts my mind and soul in a great Zen place to start my day!

Riding on the beach, however, takes its toll on your bike. A regular maintenance schedule is really important in order to keep your bike in the best shape possible so you can continue to enjoy those fabulous bike rides! Here are some helpful tips that every beach biker should know about their beach cruiser!

If you have not ridden your bike in the ocean waters (which is not good for your bike but sure is a lot of fun) or been rained on, let the sand on your bike dry naturally then brush the sand off with a soft brush. Rinsing it every time you ride tends to make your bike rust out faster especially if water has seeped into the frame through the seat post and handlebar post. This will cause rusting from the inside out. You want to make sure that there is a sufficient amount of white lithium grease on the end and bottom of the posts that go into the frame so that everything stays lubricated. You can remove these posts with the right tools (usually a 15mm box wrench) and grease the posts yourself. Make sure when you put them back that you check the lines on the posts for the minimum insertion position. Having the posts set too high can cause the seat or handlebars to come off during a ride and put you in harms way!

White Lightening Clean Ride is the best lubricant for your chain at the beach because it has silicone in it that will prevent the sand from sticking to the chain. Turn your bike upside down when putting the lubricant on your chain and turn the chain while wiping gently with a towel or cloth to get the excess product off the chain. You only need to lubricate if your bike has gotten wet (do it after it dries) and then maybe once a month or so depending on the condition of your chain.

T9 or Tri-flow are the 2 best lubricants for the nuts and bolts of your bike. You can get these at a bike shop or Ace Hardware. Using a dry silicone spray on your bike frame and handle bars will keep your bike shiny and protect it from the elements. (It will rust slower!)

It’s normal for the air in your tires to go down especially if you have not ridden in a few days or weeks. Standard PSI for a beach cruiser is 35-40 PSI. You should always go a little below max on your tire pressure.

Make sure you have a bike that fits your body correctly. You should be able to stand over the frame with clearance. When you’re sitting on the bike, you should have a slight bend in your knee when your leg is extended in the downward position on the peddle. Your shoulders should be relaxed with your hands on the handlebars. If you need to adjust the seat, the seat is usually on a rail so that you can slide the seat back and forth to find the right reach for you.

I hope you find this information helpful! Happy riding and I hope to see you on the beach!