We started the day at Fort Matanzas national Monument. We did a nature walk on the land side. Then we took a ferry over to the fork in the middle of the inta coastal waterway. This fort was a rear guard protection to the fort at St. Augustine. It obtained its name because Matanzas means slaughter in Spanish. The Spanish wiped out over 100 French soldiers after they had surrendered here. On the ferry ride back to the landside we observed a dolphin frolicking in the water.
Our next stop was at Fort Mose State Park. This was the site of a freed slaves settlement. Once the British took over this Spanish area, the freed slaves moved to Cuba to remain free.
Our final stop was at the GTM nature area. We took a 3 mile hike in the area between the ocean and the intracoastal waterway. Our last stop was at South Beach. There were only two people fishing on the beach. Undoubtedly that had something to do with the temperature which ranged between 50 and 60° all day
We’ve then headed to Jacksonville and it’s traffic to meet our lodging host for that night.