On Veteran's Day, we grabbed our favorite veteran and went out to explore. Our friend D.V. came to visit for the weekend, and this was his last day here. In trying to pack in as much as possible before he had to leave, we got his oil changed, then ran down to our local bar (Ann O'Malley's!) for beer (them) and coffee (me).
Then, we made our way across the street to explore the interior of the Castillo de San Marcos. It was free for the weekend in honor of Veteran's Day! You can see our last visit to the Castillo, though it was only the exterior at that point. Paul and D.V. had never been inside, and I think I was a kid when I last visited, so it was new to everyone. We checked out the rooms first, where there was a lot of carving on the walls and history blurbs to read. It was so neat walking around the very same rooms that soldiers and prisoners stayed in so long ago. I only wish they'd been easier to photograph!
We ventured up top for some awesome views after a while. The first bridge pictured is the Vilano Bridge, and the second is the Bridge of Lions, which connects downtown with Anastasia Island, where we live.
While exploring, we realized a cannon firing demonstration was about to take place! I planted my behind as close to the front as possible, while Paul and D.V. stuck to the back. (I think this probably reflects our choice of seats from school, too.) I got the actual firing on video, so click below to watch!
It was such a fun, local adventure. I definitely recommend everybody experience it, at least once, during your visit!