As we drove into St. Augustine, Florida we had a memorable introduction to the diversity, disparity and delicate fragile environment that makes up Florida.
We left the scrubby forests of the mid-state, and drove East to an area filled with sparkling blue water, lush, green oversized jungle plants, giant birds, and communities living in poverty right next to decadent housing developments that are closing in on all of this natural beauty. Northern coastal Florida is a land of contrasts.
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”
– St. Augustine”
St. Augustine was a lovely town filled with ancient ghosts, artifacts and tourists. It seems affordable compared to elsewhere in the state. But it still felt crowded, and its small town charm is in danger thanks to big box stores that surround the historic downtown area. I hope that it the kitschy charm and open coastal areas can last.