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St. Augustine Light Station


Activity: Sight Seeing, Scenic View

I visited my son, who is a Freshman, at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida. St. Augustine, a tourist town, is a little over a 30 minute drive South.

St. Augustine is known for it’s famous fort, Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. I love lighthouses and the St. Augustine Lighthouse is a good one to be sure, so after visiting the fort I headed for nearby Anastasia Island for the 150 year old beacon of light in the night, a savior of navigation for those upon the sea.

The lighthouse is 165 feet tall and is 219 steps to the top and the view is fantastic, as you might imagine. St. Augustine Light Station is a working lighthouse and it is fascinating to talk to the folks on hand regarding how it was lit all those years ago and how it casts light upon the sea today.

The Light House and it’s grounds are exquisite. Besides being beautiful there are plenty of exhibits regarding the Lighthouse history and it’s story. There is even live skiff building on the grounds. The boat builders are happy to answer questions and the property has displays of period craft to enjoy. There is archaeological restoration on site which is interesting to see as they careful clean treasures found from ship wrecks and such.

There are multiple buildings on the property to include the Lighthouse Keepers residence. It is a step back in history that is well worth the price of admission which was approximately $15.

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There are times when the ocean is not the ocean–not blue, not even water, but some violent surge of energy and risk: ferocity on a scale only gods can summon. It tosses itself at the island, sending out spray right over the top of the lighthouse, biting pieces off the cliff. And the noise is the roaring of a monster whose anger understands no limitations. Those are the nights the light is required most.
– M.L. Stedman

Thanks for making the climb with me today to the top of St. Augustine Lighthouse, around the property and on the nature paths beside it. If you enjoyed this post I invite you to checkout my blogs regarding ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’ which chronologs my outings in nature- hiking, backpacking, 4 wheeling, kayaking, canoeing, SUP and others activities enjoying the bounty of nature. The menu at each website connects you to other locales and activities. We all need a little break from the rigors of everyday life and nature is away to put it all back together. PBTA is my attempt to inspire and recommend getting off the couch and to enjoy life, fill your lungs with fresh air, feel the trail under your feet, touch the trees, take in the sky and feel the glory that is nature. If you like my cap I am wearing in the YouTube clip please visit SHOP APPAREL for top quality Adventure Wear with the PBTA logo and mantra.

Happy Trails-

Roger Jenkins

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