We enjoyed two nights at the
The marina isn’t the newest, but the folks are extremely friendly and helpful. Yeah, they even lent us two bicycles, so we biked the two miles into and then around Oriental for an afternoon. Put Oriental on your list of places to visit.
This day was truly amazing, as we (actually it was Barb) managed to run aground in 9’ of water. Obviously there wasn’t 9’ in the middle of the channel! If you ain’t been aground, you ain’t been around!
On the way north in July we anchored at Mile Hammock Bay with 4 other boats and we thought the anchorage was busy. This time we turned the corner into the bay to find about 20 boats and we saw plenty of room to anchor several more boats. Our perspectives have changed due to the experience we’ve gained anchoring the boat. We tooled right through the anchorage, picked our spot, and dropped the hook. When we anchor the boat or pull up the hook Barb is at the helm and Barry is on the bow working the anchor. We use a set of headphones for communicating with each other to avoid the yelling issue. It saves the tonsils, our nerves, and probably the marriage too!
November 8, 2007 – Mile Hammock Bay to
We pulled anchor early not only because we had to time our journey with several bridges that were on restricted opening schedules, but because we woke to REALLY COLD weather. Get that engine going – bring on the heat!
As we pulled into the
Brrrr….we are definitely too far north. Is the sun up? Yes, so quick, get out of bed, start the engine fast, pull that anchor, and then make the coffee – well, that’s our cold morning routine when at anchor.
Today the Sunset Pontoon Bridge was on an hourly schedule. We pushed the little engine hard, but missed the 1 pm opening by 10 minutes. Oh well, chill out and wait for 2 pm. What else is a crew to do? We still managed to pull into the Barefoot Landing Marina by 4:30 pm. And yes, there was shore power so we had heat for the night! This marina was minimal on service, but was in a great location right next to many restaurants and a shopping mall. We’re not so much into the shopping thing, but did enjoy a marvelous dinner at Greg Norman’s restaurant.
November 10, 2007 – Barefoot Landing
Ah, how nice to wake to a warm boat, get up slowly and enjoy a relaxing cup of hot brew. Barb hopped off the boat and took a nice long early morning walk through the shopping center while Barry chilled out with his coffee. Today was a slow day because we only had 20 miles to go. We left the dock at 8:30 and pulled into Osprey Marina just before lunch. We planned it this way so we could eat lunch at the Osprey Grill - they have the best burgers! After enjoying lunch there, cleaning up ourselves and the boat, Bill and Tutie (our daughter-in-law’s –
November 11, 2007 – Myrtle Beach to
Today we left early and unfortunately went against the tide to
November 12, 2007 –
After the cold morning quick start routine we made it to the
As we came to the entrance of the
November 13 –
We woke to light fog in a gorgeous setting. What a glorious morning and we were so glad to be living this new lifestyle. After going just 5 miles the fog became very dense. Should we turn around? Well, let’s try using radar and a mascot, and then make the decision. So Barb went to the bow of the boat with her headset on, in order to communicate with Barry, to watch for boats and other obstacles. Barry navigated by radar and GPS. This worked well and we proceeded this way for another 30 minutes, by then the sun had burned off the majority of the fog and we were back to normal navigation means. While sitting on the bow Barb watched a dolphin ride the bow wave! This was the first time we’d seen this on our boat and what an awesome experience it was!
Right after the fog cleared we went through the Ashpoo-Coosaw Cut at high tide with no problems. This is one of the MAJOR problem areas on the ICW. We were glad to watch this area disappear behind us.
We stopped in
November 14 - 15, 2007 –
Where the heck is Coffee Bluff? Can’t find it in any cruising guides? Hmm…well, Barb’s cousin lives near Coffee Bluff, GA and found this marina just 1.5 miles from the house. Do you remember that we spent 10 days here (
We left the ICW just north of
November 16, 2007 – Coffee Bluff
It was easy to plan our getaway to arrive at
November 17, 2007 –
We got off to a purposeful late start because high tides were arriving later and later in the day as we navigated south and we had to arrive at the Little Mud River on a mid to rising tide. The passage was slow because we were going against the tide, but we made it through without bumping bottom. We anchored in
November 18 - 19, 2007 –
Another beautiful sunrise and we’re off to sunny
We arrived at the Fernandina Beach City Marina in just 3 hours and took a mooring ball for two nights. While there we moseyed around downtown, met with our realtor and good friend, Carey, and enjoyed dinner with Mrs. Joan Bean and Barbara Book at the Crab Trap. Joan has been a dear friend and support to Barb for over 20 years and Barbara was the magistrate and our wedding. She was glad to see that we’re still happily married!
November 20, 2007 – Fernandina Beach to
As we slipped the mooring just as the sun was rising it felt good to be back in Florida and heading ‘home’ to the Ortega Yacht Club Marina in Jacksonville. We headed south and arrived at the marina where friends were waiting to greet us and tie the lines. What a great homecoming! Thank you! We plan to stay here until the first good weather window in 2008 when we’ll head for the Keys and the