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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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The House!!!


“THE HOUSE!!!” (Cue the theme song from the Exorcist). Joey had recently day hiked this remote area of the Angeles National Forest and he had stumbled upon this spooky ruin that sent shivers down his spine leaving him with an odd feeling that perhaps he should just move along, perhaps even quicken his pace. Joey’s story intrigued the backpacking group enough, comparing it to ’Blare Witch Project’ that after setting up the tents at Bear Camp they headed out into the heavy underbrush of an overgrown trail as the shadows lengthened. After about a mile through the darkening woods they arrived. “THE HOUSE!!!” had all of the elements of a creepy, eerie place. It was old made of river rock and cement, the roof was gone and the mysterious door had been knocked from it’s hinges. The door was heavy and reinforced it had strange air vents with a sort of cage over the opening. Was this to keep something out or keep something in? The inside was burned out and filled with debris and a rusty old burned up bed frame. A hush fell upon the group, the smiles and the jokes suspended. There was a moment of silence as they all just stared. This posed many unexplained questions, but since this strange place had a unearthly vibe of evil, and twilight was rushing upon them they thought that it best to make like Joey and just move along, perhaps even hasten the pace.

What would you do if you stumbled upon this eerie old ruin that made the hair on the back of your neck stand up, as you were over come with a feeling of dread?

As the hikers headed back to camp there was light joking about the commercial where the kids attempting to elude their captor are questioning if they should run to the attic or the basement. Terrified they ultimately determine their best choice is to hide out behind the chainsaws because of course it would be ridiculous to get in the running car.

Anthony mentions to the group it seems like we should have got back to camp by now. The sun had set casting a ominous glow to the darkening forest trail. Suddenly as the group turned the bend there it was… “THE HOUSE!!!” “What the Hell”, gasped Grant! “Okay, okay, settle down, we must have just like got turned around I suppose“, muttered Anthony his eyes nervously darting around. “It’s starting to get dark”, exclaimed Joey. “and we don’t have head lamps”. “I always carry a headlamp on the trail,” responded Roger. “Okay good. Let’s get a move on.” The group hurried along the trail fighting through the overgrown foliage, Roger with the only illumination leading the way. “Are you sure this is the way“ questioned Grant with growing concern in his voice? Roger’s headlamp was dim and hardly giving off light. “How f-ing old is the lamp” blurted out Grant genuinely perturbed! Anthony exclaimed, “This is it we are back to camp.” “Then where are the tents”, cried out Joey?! Roger glanced at Grant who was as white as a ghost with an disturbing look on his face. “What’s his deal”, questioned Roger? Grant lifted his arm and pointed without uttering a word. The group spun around and there half lite by the now risen full moon… “THE HOUSE!!!” (Cue music from the movie “Psycho“.)


As day turned to night Grant hurried his pace through the deep dark wood trying to escape the feeling of doom that had taken over his every thought since he laid eyes on “THE HOUSE!!!”

Okay, the last paragraph was totally contrived as thoughts behind a Internet Short Feature Video Project.