The Dog & Rocket Tour 2010

August 7, 2010

“Supersize my Flounder please”.

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Well we are now back home after god knows how many time changes and 13 aeroplanes. Our final week in the USA was spent at Flagler Beach in Florida on the Atlantic coast. Initially we planned to stop there for the Shuttle launch that never was and for a relax, so we did just that. 

Three things that stood out during our stay at Flagler are Flagler Beach Pier and the size of the fish they catch. As we walked along the pier, on our first visit, we saw a guy cast his rod and he must have offered up a small prayer along the lines of “Supersize my Flounder please” because no sooner had his bait hit the ocean than it was taken by an Alabama Flounder. Now I have caught flounders before off Southend Pier and the mud flats off Leigh on sea and Chalkwell, and if you caught a good one it might go a pound in weight. But this one when it was landed after a brief but spectacular fight was just short of eight and a half pounds. In fact it looked more like a Halibut than a flounder. This got me wondering what else they caught off the Pier, so how does a 12 foot Hammerhead Shark grab you for starters? You can see it the link along with some other monsters. 

Another nice surprise was the town of St Augustine which was just 20 miles up the coast from us. Founded in 1565 by Spanish explorer and admiral, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, it is the oldest continuously occupied European-established city and port in the United States.  St. Augustine lies in a region of Florida known as “The First Coast“, which extends from Amelia Island in the north to Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Palm Coast in the south. In 1763, the Treaty of Paris ended the French and Indian War and gave Florida and St. Augustine to the British, in exchange for the British relinquishing control of occupied Havana. Bet you didn’t know that! With the change of flags, almost all the entire population of 3,100 Spaniards departed from St. Augustine. Consequently there is a lot “history” to be seen and found in the town and if you want to know the full story then click here

The final thing that stood out for us was the heat. It followed us all the way throughout our trip, never below 90f by day and frequently over 100f. So naturally when we got to Florida and the humidity kicked in it was pretty uncomfortable. As a result a lot of time was taken in seeking out the air conditioned venues (car, mall, restaurants etc.) or riding on boats or open buses to try and stay cool. We knew it would be so, but with the heat index frequently topping 115f it really put us to the test. 

However this morning we are back home to a beautiful dazzlingly blue sunny sky with not a drop of humidity in sight, and a temp of 19c, perfect. That’s the end of the story.

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