St. Augustine, FL

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St. Augustine bills itself as the oldest city in the United States.  When we stopped here we parked at the Stagecoach RV Park just off Interstate 95.

The territory we now know as Florida was first claimed for Spain by Ponce de Leon in 1513.  On September 8, 1565, St. Augustine was founded by Spanish admiral Pedro Menendez de Aviles.  In 1763, the Spanish gave up Florida to Great Britain following the Seven Years’ War, only to regain control in 1784.  In the years following the American revolution, it became increasingly difficult for the Spanish to control the Florida colony so in 1819 they relinquished it to the United States.

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Dublin and St. Patrick’s Day

When we first began planning for this trip, we didn’t initially set an objective to be in Dublin, Ireland, (pics) for St. Patrick’s Day.  But when we laid out our timeline and found ourselves ending up in Ireland in early to mid-March we figured it made sense to time our arrival into Dublin to coincide with this event.

Dublin

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Molokai–Festivals of Aloha

Since 1946 Hawaiians have been having Aloha festivals each year.  The stated purpose for these festivals is to “preserve and perpetuate Hawaiian culture and to celebrate the diverse customs and Aloha Spirit of Hawaii.”  The festivals are held during September and October.

The Molokai festival was held on Saturday, October 13.  The main event was the parade through the streets of Kaunakakai.  Parade participants included the festival King, Queen and their court, school children, various civic groups, the Princesses from all of the Hawaiian islands and, since this is an election year, politicians running for local as well as national office.  In addition to the parade, there were other activities planned throughout the day.