When last you heard from your intrepid travelers on 4/24 we were in West End on Grand Bahama Island staging to cross back to the US. It was a calm but dark night and at about 4 am we pulled anchor to leave. It was a bit dicey at first. We had seen 3 small islands just off West End and we could not see them at 4 am. But Captain John followed the course set and away we went. The water was very calm and almost like glass while we were out. When at last we saw land the waves got a little choppy. Not bad at all for only the 2nd time crossing the Gulf Stream!
The wind picked up as we reached Fort Pierce and we tried to anchor and contact US Customs via the app but we could not get it to work so we picked up anchor and headed for a slip at Fort Pierce City Marina under the yellow Q flag. That way it would be easy to Uber to the airport in the morning. When we took down our Bahamas Courtesy flag down it was very tore up. I think I need to get a better made flag so it will last more then one season.
I made a yummy dinner of homemade corned beef hash (note that it is a SOFT meal). And as we were eating, I bit down on something HARD. It was one of my lower crowns. Oh my God, how did that happen and I am soooooo glad it happened in the States. So now we have to go to check in and I have to find a dentist to put it back in. Thank goodness there was no pain.
After a great shower and a lot of phone calls. (A lot of dental offices are closed on Fridays. Who knew!) I found Schwerer Dental Care and Dr. Matthew Rolfes took care of me. They were GREAT!!!!!!!! I LOVE Dr. Rolfes! Since we were leaving the next day he was able to affix the crown back in but did advise me to see my regular dentist upon my return home. Then it was off to “The Walmart” for some food and cheap beer ($17.95 a case). Beer in the Bahamas was between $50 to $75 per case depending on where you were. We did not buy beer much in the Bahamas. The next morning we headed out to our next anchorage near Indian Harbour Beach. It was very quite there all night. From there it was north to Titusville for one night and then on to Rockhouse Creek anchorage where we staged for an ocean jump out. We jumped out at Ponce de Leon inlet and had a very rolly 8 1/2 hours in the ocean to St Augustine FL.
On 5/1 we headed up the ICW to the Jacksonville Free Dock at Jim King Park. It is a nice park but the current runs fast. We were the first boat to get there and John and I were having a hard time getting tied up when all of a sudden a small power boat came up and a man jumped off to grab our lines. They were so nice to help! All boaters we have met along this journey have been so nice. After they left and as we were getting our lines just the way we want, here comes boat number 2. We both helped him get docked and then we headed out to meet our Uber for a Walmart run.
On 5/2 we headed up the ICW. This is a part of the ICW we missed in the fall when we jumped out at Hilton Head SC for an overnight run into The St Johns River.
The ICW around Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island is not a very straight shot. It has a lot of twist and turns and at Amelia River Bend there is a stinky paper mill. Now since when we lived in Chesapeake VA and if you ever went anywhere on route 58 would have to pass the Franklin paper mill. We are very familiar with that smell. John did get to pass the Kings Bay degaussing pier. They do the submarines and John worked at the degaussing pier on the Elizabeth River that did ships. It was cool to see their set up from the water. John said they have it easy as the subs just move into the cables and in Norfolk they have to actually wrap the ships in cables. We made it all the way to Jekyll Island GA and anchored near Jekyll Harbor Marina.
We got up the next morning with a plan for an overnight ocean run. We left out of the Jekyll Cut on 5/3 at 8am and hit the ocean and we came in at Charleston Harbor on 5/4 at 7am. As we were out in the ocean we had a hitchhiker. Now when we saw him there was no land in sight. I am not sure how long he had been flying but I think he was tired, very tired. He found a spot out of the wind and just rested. Sometime in the morning he was gone.
We did not plan to stay in Charleston so we kept going till we came to an anchorage on the South Santee River. It was very good to eat and sleep, and sleep, and sleep!