TIME CHANGE

MARCH 12, 2017 ——So, for most of the day today I was running on “old time” – which was just fine as we are docked in St. Augustine, FL with winds at 21 mph, rain and ugly intracoastal waters!!!    A GREAT DAY for a nap.

Our past two days of cruising brought past Daytona, thru some very flat scrubby geography,  and some narrow channels with much shoaling.   Makes for interesting navigation —- ooppps — bumped that sandy bottom at one point.   NOTE that the operative word is “bumped” – not going aground.    WHEW………..

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A UNIQUE SHOAL MARKER!!     LOVE THE AMERICAN SPIRIT.

 

Again these past two days we saw many sailboats, and smaller motor boats up on the shores of spoil islands and along the shores.    The majority of the boats seem to be sail boats.   Also there were several smaller fishing and ski boats hanging up in their lifts at the end of docks —BUT THE DOCK FROM THE LAND TO THE BOATS WERE ALL DESTROYED!    Walkways just popped off.   Even though Hurricane Matthew was a CAT 1 and 2 storm, he sure made a big swath along the South East Coast.

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TYPICAL SAIL BOAT WASHED ASHORE BY MATTHEW!

As we cruised North we saw many motor home/ trailer parks in this section of Florida.   I think that we see a lot of these being towed and driven NORTH on I-95 every late Spring at the Snow Birds head back home.   Life looks rather laid back and easy —- at least at this park area.

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ONE OF MANY BOAT/CAMPER PARKS ALONG THE ICW.
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LOOKS LIKE THEY SELL ALL THAT A PERSON MIGHT NEED —- ICE, COLD BEER, LIVE SHRIMP BAIT AND YOU CAN RENT A KAYAK!!    UUUUMMM    NOT FOR ME, THANK YOU.

ONE of the pleasures we enjoy is anchoring out  (when Salt Lick is fully supplied with food and drink).    This setting is on ROCKHOUSE CREEK.   The view is looking East at sunset towards the Ponce de Leon Inlet.

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ROCKHOUSE CREEK AT PONCE DE LEON INLET   (photo by Hank)
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MESSAGES IN A BOTTLE FOR MEGHAN AND JUSTIN – THE NEWLY WEDS.    WE TOSSED ONE ON THE OUTGOING TIDE AT PONCE DE LEON INLET.

Our arrival yesterday in St. Augustine was made by extending the cruising day knowing that the weather was going to deteriorate over night for Sunday.   After a very long day on the water, we walked into town in search of oysters.   FINALLY we found a place, Cafe Maya, that was serving raw oysters.   The perfect dinner, eaten on a second floor porch overlooking one of the narrow streets in Colonial town of old St. Augustine.   A musician was playing across the street which was nice, the restaurant kitchen was not functioning, so they were not busy due to no grill, fryers, ovens, etc…..very quiet and peaceful way to end the day.    The entertainment was watching this guy trying to start his motorcycle by having a couple of his buddies push him……needless to say THAT was not successful!

We are docked for a few weeks while Hank goes off for business and I make a short trip to see a friend.   We will attend a boat rendezvous  later on before leaving St. Augustine.

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