Came across this photo today. It was taken a few years ago at the Rattlesnake Island 7 km swim. Nothing went according to plan that day and I came out of the water feeling demoralized and teary. I felt like I had failed. I know today that isn’t the case but it took some time to get there. And today all I see is a girl in the open water on a beautiful sunny day. Biking has been my focus lately but seeing this photo, I think it’s time to get back in the pool and set some goals for next year! #rattlesnakeisland#rattlesnakeislandswim#7kmopenwaterswim#goalsetting#perspective#openwaterswimming#foundmywayback
Via @Wikipedia, " #FortMatanzas was built by the #Spanish in 1742 to guard #Matanzas Inlet, the #southern mouth of the Matanzas #River, which could be used as a rear entrance to the city of #StAugustine. Such an approach avoided St. Augustine's primary #defense system, centered at #CastilloDeSanMarcos. In 1740, Gov. James Oglethorpe of #Georgia used the inlet to blockade St. Augustine and launch a thirty-nine-day siege. St. Augustine endured the siege, but the episode convinced the Spanish that protecting the inlet was necessary to the #security of the town. Under Gov. Manuel de Montiano's orders, #construction of the fort began that year and was completed in 1742. Engineer Pedro Ruiz de Olano, who had worked on additions to the Castillo de San Marcos, designed the fortified observation tower. Convicts, slaves, and troops from Cuba were used as #labor to erect the structure, which was sited on present-day #RattlesnakeIsland and had a commanding position over Matanzas Inlet."⠀
"The fort, known to the Spanish as #TorredeMatanzas is a #masonry structure made of #coquina, a common shellstone building material in the area. The marshy terrain was stabilized by a foundation of pine pilings to accommodate a #building 50 feet (15 m) long on each side with a 30-foot (9.1 m) high tower."⠀
"In 1742, as the fort was nearing completion, the #British under Oglethorpe approached the inlet with twelve ships. Cannon fire drove off the scouting boats, and the warships left without engaging the fort. This brief encounter was the only time Fort Matanzas fired on an enemy. #Spain lost control of #Florida with the 1763 Treaty of Paris, and regained control with the 1783 #TreatyOfParis. With the Spanish Empire falling apart, Spain spent little effort maintaining the #fort after this time. When the #UnitedStates took control of Florida in 1821, the fort had deteriorated to the point where soldiers could not live inside. The #UnitedStates never used the fort and it became a ruin."⠀
"In 1916, the #US#DepartmentOfWar began a major #restoration. By 1924, is was stabilized and a #NationalMonument. By 1933, it was turned over to the @nationalparkservice."⠀
Erica Hawkes' vision of the #Okanagan: "Glowing Descent". This beautiful 18x36" painting just sold to a great #Penticton couple, in honour of their very young granddaughter who completed her first across #okanaganlake swim to #Rattlesnakeisland this summer (and placed in her age group!).
0 279:07 PM Oct 9, 2017
Full moon over Okanagan Mountain Park with rattlesnake island neatly camouflaged just to right of the moon's reflection on water. 6:50pm- moonrise!