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Your Guide to Parks and Outdoor Recreation in St. Augustine South {32086}

Come sit under the shade of mature, moss-covered oak trees in the beautiful parks of South St. Augustine {32086}. Two popular neighborhoods, The South and The Shores, sit along the shores of the Matanzas River and Moultrie Creek. People started building homes near the water in the 1920's but the masses didn’t occupy these neighborhoods [...]
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Real Life New Year's Resolutions

Real Life New Year’s Resolutions

I’m sure you made a few New Year’s resolutions while you were slightly inebriated and tired on New Year’s Eve. If you’re like me, your resolutions are already unsustainable. You know that quote, “If you shoot for the moon and miss, you’ll land among the stars”? Yeah, I’m probably not leaving the Earth’s atmosphere. The […]

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Where Have All the Trick-or-Treaters Gone?

Where have all the trick-or-treaters gone? Many of my friends have lamented the decreasing number of children at their door on Halloween night. Is the tradition of trick-or-treating dying? We are fortunate to live in a community where Halloween is alive and well, with the streets crowded and the candy flowing. Even here, I have […]

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Old City Parks and Recreation

Your Guide to Parks and Outdoor Recreation in the Old City of St. Augustine {32084}

St. Johns County has an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities, and downtown St. Augustine is our crowning jewel. In fact, the Plaza de la Constitución is the oldest public park in the United States, having been established by Spanish ordinance in 1573. The Spanish built towns around green space so that the residents had a [...]
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Get to Know the Palatka to St. Augustine State Trail {A.K.A. The Rail Trail}

The Palatka to St. Augustine State Trail is a multi-use trail for walking, running, biking and other human-powered transportation. This 19-mile, paved path is also known as the Rail Trail because it follows the former rail line for the Florida East Coast Railway. The twelve-foot wide path is a beautiful linear park that runs alongside […]

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An Old Van is Good for the Soul

I adore my thirteen-year-old van. While she is nothing more than a huge hunk of machinery, she has become an integral part of our family. The smell of spoiled milk is embedded in her carpets, thumbtacks hold the headliner to the roof, and the trunk won’t stay open longer than a few seconds. These problems […]

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Telling My Son the Santa Secret

I stood in front of the gold and silver chocolate holding my 8-year-old son’s hand. We were shopping by ourselves two weeks before Christmas. Amid the sea of colorful Christmas packaging, Santa’s face smiled, encouraging me to tell him the truth. This was the moment. I knew it. It felt right. I turned to him […]

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