Crossing to Florida the next day was a cold one, we passed Fort Clinch, Fernandina Beach, lots of fishing boats and industrial structures. We were greeted at the Jacksonville free dock by Brown Altmane, the local Jacksonville sailing ambassador who "plays it forward" by offering assistance to boaters. We were in need of a new phone because Gerry’s got very wet on our hike on Cumberland Island he took us way out of his way to St John’s Center, Jacksonville Apple Store. To make things interesting it was ‘Black Friday’-swarms of people’, but mission was accomplished, a new phone.
The weather was warming up, the cruise to St Augustine, FL was comfortable, the passage across The St John’s River was uneventful ( a good thing) , and we were in a flotilla of yachts. It wasn’t surprising to find all the moorings were gone at The Bridge of Lion’s mooring fields when we got there (every other boat had passed us), and we couldn’t get in touch with the marina by phone for some reason, so we took a spot at the Municipal Marina- close to everything! Had showers and did lots of laundry! Walked to and cabbed back from the grocery Store with Val and Steve from S/V Barefoot’n. Ran into Mark and Sue from S/V Merlin, whom we hadn't seen since Elizabeth City, NC.
We went to The St Augustine First Colony Museum, very interesting Spanish and Native American influences, we saw an image of what the first genuine Thanksgiving looked like(by Michael Rosato,1565). The city is beautiful and extravagantly decorated with lights for Xmas. It is very touristy though and the temptation to eat out got the best of us while we were here.
Nov 21-23/14 Brunswick Landing Marina, Brunswick, GA (Mile 680 ICW)
Nov 24/14 Anchorage, Brickhill River ,N. Cumberland Island, GA (Mile 700 ICW)
Nov 25/14 Anchorage, Sea Camp, S. Cumberland Island, GA (Mile 710 ICW)
Nov 26-27/14 Lang’s Marina, St Mary’s, GA (Mile 711 ICW)
Nov 28-29/14 City Dock, Sister’s Creek, Jacksonville, FL (Mile 739 ICW)
Nov 30-31/14 St Augustine’s Municipal Dock, St Augustine, FL (Mile 777 ICW)