Our Christmas Home Away From Home

We are enjoying our time here in Indian Harbour Florida.  We are seeing the sights and getting some boat chores done.  John has finished the port head, installed our new lines, setup a place on deck to store our jerry cans of extra fuel and water and fixed the floor where it was coming up around the steps.

I have been organizing and getting rid of stuff.  I also got into the Christmas mood and decorated.  John has been teaching me Backgammon.  He now has a 3 game limit on how many times he will lose in one night.

We got our rental car a few days early so we could run some errands and do some sightseeing.  We went up to Cocoa Beach and I got to see I Dream of Jeannie Lane.  We also had a lighted Christmas Boat Parade along the front of our marina in the Banana River.  In a few days we will be driving north to pick up our daughter, Katie and see the family for Christmas.

A Day Late and A Dollar Short

When we left Titusville on 12/6, John gave me a task to locate a long term marina near our jump out location of Lake Worth.  I started looking in the Lake Worth area and moved backwards closer to Titusville.  Never would I think to do this …….. say 30 days ago.  I found one spot in Lake Worth area for $1900 plus electricity.   Hummmmm not what I want to pay.  

At this point we decided to anchor and have dinner and think on the situations.  Well, luck was with us that next morning and we saw dolphin and located a marina.

Our lucky dolphin!

We located a spot in Telemar Bay Marinia for a decent fee.  It is very calm, close to Satalite Beach and to shopping.  After a good night sleep we took a walk to the beach and has dinner at Hula Moon.  We hope to spend a few day doing some boat chores and then we will come home for Christmas.  I might even decorate the boat for Christmas.

3, 2, 1……. Blast Off

With the delay in the launch we decided to have a bit of off the boat fun.  We took an Uber to see the new Robin Hood movie.  It was good, a different telling of the story.  We also did some shopping.  The area with the movie theater had a huge tree and we took our photo with it.

Ho! Ho! Ho!

The next day the launch was on, so we took a walk up to the Space View Park to watch.  There were a lot of people there to watch it.  John took a video and I took some photos.  It took about 5 minutes after the launch to hear the sonic boom.  After the launch we waited and watched the first stage booster return to the launch site.  Way cool!!!!!!!!!!!

After the launch we had lunch at Mainstreet Philly Cheesesteak.  It was good and then got our laundry done at the marina.  Early night and then we head out to our next spot.

Space, The Finale Frontier

On 12/2, after a good night we left the anchorage at Fort Matanza.  It was sunny and warm and a good day to be on the water, but we had a strong head wind.  We saw the Ponce de Leon lighthouse and we tried to anchor in Rockhouse Creek.  It was tight in there and for some reason, wind or current we were not floating like the other boats. John made a captain worthy decision and we moved on.

Just north of the George Musson Memorial Bridge, we anchored in Cook Creek.  After several trys and one soft grounding we got set.  I have heard if you don’t ground once you are not an ICW Cruiser.  What a warm, pleasant evening to have some dinner and a cocktail.  We even saw some dolphins, and got a photo and a short video.

We were up and out on the water early heading to Titusville to watch a rocket launch.  It was warm and sunny and we enjoyed the ride.  We passed through Mosquito Lagoon and through the Haul-Over Canal Bridge and we saw many dolphin and manatee.

We approached Titusville Municipal Marina Mooring Field and there was not one ball in sight so I got on my trusty phone and called for a slip.  Because we have a 23 foot beam it is hard to find a space but they placed us on the T-Head and told us we would be sharing it with another boat.  Much to our surprise it was Elizabeth and Rick from the m/y One More Moondance.  We spent a few weeks with them at Tidewater Yacht in Portsmouth VA.  It was good to see friends.  When we were walking up to sign in we saw Mac and Sheila from the m/y Saving Grace.  We met them our last day in Beaufort SC.  They had a Wildcat like ours last year before they went to the dark side (moved to a power boat).  On our way back from the showers(by the way, they are nice showers) we saw a couple from Canada that we met at Jacksonville Beach.  I can’t remember their names but it is nice to see people you know.  Elizabeth had a rental vehicle and she was nice enough to take me to The Walmart.  Provision time!  We enjoyed drinks on their boat and then had a great sleep.  We had planned to move closer this morning for the 12/4 rocket launch but per NASA the launch has been moved to 12/5 at 1:16 pm.  Since we have no specific plans or place to be, we will hang here for another day.  Watching a launch is a bucket list item for both John and I.

In Search Of: Warm Weather

When we left Beach Marine in Jacksonville Beach it was in search of warm weather and we found it.  All day it was fairly warm but we had clouds and rain.  You know I don’t mind the rain so much when it is warm.  Heading down we saw some beautiful homes. And we also smelled some great restaurants,  they were cooking, hot dogs, french fries, BBQ.  I would have loved to stop but I made a nice lunch for us.  Chicken salad and fruit from our stop at Publix the other day.

All along the waterway we saw lots of cool things including this target.  We did not have any live fire but we were on the lookout.  We passed  an ocean inlet near St Augustine.  The ICW books say it is not a safe one for ocean jump in or out and I can see why.  I also found this great cross. God has his eye on the sparrow.  It looked so large you could see it from far away.  We hear cannon fire from Fort Castillo de San Marcos as we were waiting for the Bridge of Lions to open for us.  The pirate vessel Black Raven allowed us to pass under the bridge first.  But we had our cannon at the ready in case we needed fend off a boarding.

Night came upon us and we anchored at Fort Mantanze.  It was built in 1742 to guard St Augustine’s rear.  While we were setting the anchor I saw this cool elephant cloud.

After a yummy dinner it was sleep and then bright and early we head to our new anchorage.  We found the warm weather but now would like to see some sun.  Is that asking to much?

One Small Jump, Outside

Since we lost some time backtracking with the bridge issue and stayed in Hilton Head for two nights due to the very cold and windy weather.  Cap’t John took a look at the offshore weather and we made the decision it was time to give up our ocean v-card and do an overnighter.

We pulled out of the marina at 10 am and right away we knew the gods blessed our voyage with Neptune sending a dolphin to show us the way.  Of course he/she was camera shy and no photos were taken.  Once we hit open water we even motor-sailed for awhile till the wind changed direction.  We saw no one around us but one sailboat that fell behind in the wake of our massive speed. (6 knots-soooooo fast).  Sunset was awesome and the seas were calm.

At about 8 pm the wind picked up to about 15 knots and right on the nose.  The waves were about 3 or 4 feet. So “fasten your seatbelts, it’s gonna be a bumpy night”.  And it was, but she took it and so did we.  I was able to cat nap some and took the helm again around 4:30 am.  John took a short nap but all of a sudden our radar was filled with boats.  We were about 1/2 hour from the entrance to St John’s Inlet and it was still dark.  I called my captain up and he took over and we made the decision to go out to sea a bit to avoid the boats till we could see better aka letting the sun come up.   And the sunrise was glorious!

With the sun up we could see all the sport fisherman leaving and we were welcomed into the inlet by dolphins (see photo below-it was the very BEST I could do.  I also saw my next vacation location.  On the m/y Kismet,  I only need 1.3 million for a week.  Anyone want to come and pay a share?  We saw some great homes along the way as well.

We located a marina here in Jacksonville Beach.  We got here at about 10 am……so that was 24 hours on the water.  Not bad.  We showered(ahhhhhh), provisioned at Publix via Uber and had a beer in the sun.  After dinner I went to bed at about 6:30 pm and slept for almost 12 hours per my fitbit.  And now we are away to our next spot.  Our goal is to be in Titusville to see the launch on 12/4.  As we were leaving we saw a dragon boat team come by.  Also we are going to miss their Christmas Boat Parade.  Some of the boats are here in the marina with us to get ready.