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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
11/25 we got back to the boat and we were able to provision and take the rental car back. After that it was dinner at Luther’s Rare & Well Done and a walk around town.
The next morning we headed south in search of the sun. Well we had some sun in the morning but clouds and very cold all day. We passed Hilton Head and Skull Creek, the home of the “Pinckney Painkiller”. It is the closest thing to a Soggy Dollar Painkiller outside of BVI. We decided to anchor near Turtle Island and it was one LOOOOONG and COLD night. Neither John or I were able to sleep much. So we were up early in search of warmth. Not much warmth to be found as you can see by John but we did make good time and cross into Georgia. We were leading a small pack of boats and at 9:45am, as we approached the Causton Bluff Bascule Bridge, John call for an opening and the bridge tender started to open and then stopped…….and then it closed. It appeared to have some issues so as the boats kind of bobbed around in the water they had the bridge checked out. All the captains made a decision to drop anchor at about 1:30pm to await an opening. At about 3:00pm we heard it was going to be closed for about 48 to 72 hours.
We made the decision to head back north, yes folks I said north (not my preferred direction) and we were able to get a slip for 2 nights at Harbour Town Yacht Basin in the Sea Pines Resort in Hilton Head. Sigh……. heater sweet heater!
It has been a while since I posted and a lot has happened. I will get to that later. Now let me pick up where I left off.
On 11/10 we went to the Wacca Wache Marina. We got there early and John and I spent the day doing some chores. We hung some hooks, (so we could hang stuff), finished installing a screen door, (to kind of keep out bugs), and we fixed the fenders by getting the lines the right length and installing the fender covers I made and hooked them on the lifelines with the awesome product called “Fender Tenders”. After that it was an early dinner and sleep. When we looked out at the area you could kind of see the flood line from Hurricane Florence.
It was then up early and out on the water to make up some time. We had 6 good but cold hours on the water and we headed to Leeland Marina. It is in a very protective cove and we tied up for the night. Showers, dinner and bed. Such is the hard life on the water. Ha, ha, ha!
Our plan the next day (11/12) was to head out to Charleston for two nights. We love going there by car for long weekends and wanted to spend some time sightseeing. The day was cold and wet all day with lots of fog off and on. As we were making our way there we got some bad news. Our brother-in-law Bill passed away from cancer. We changed our stay at The Harborage at Ashley marina from two night to one week and the next morning we got a rental car and headed home to celebrate his life.
Bill was a wonderful man and he fought cancer for 2 years and never lost his smile. He always had an inner light about him that was full of love and life. He will be missed. It was good to be with our family but on 11/17 we drove back to our floating home.
As it was getting close to Thanksgiving, our plan was to head to Beaufort SC and leave the boat for a week while we spent time with our daughter Katie and our dear friends Bonnie and Richard.
On 11/18 we headed out to an anchorage on the Ashepoo River. It was a beautiful place. Quiet and calm the boat was a dream to sleep in all night. The only thing was the current was running fast and we could hear it.
But the good sandy bottom held tight and we sleept like a dream.
The next day we did not have to rush as it was only about 4 hours to the Downtown Marina of Beaufort SC. It was sunny, some what warm and a very nice ride. After we went through the Ladies Island Swing Bridgen we pulled into the marina. I would like to say that it was easy peasy but it was not. We pulled in with a 4 knot current pushing against us and a strong wind off the bow. The dock master was at lunch so it was just the captain at the helm and his trusty first mate to tie up. The plan was for me to “jump” of the stearn and tie off. Well, here lies the problem. I am not coordinated. There I said it, I am NOT coordinated! While no one got hurt or wet, (that had been my thought of what the outcome would be), we still had to make about 3 tries and we were glad for the help of a couple who had been there on their boat. The four of us got Dreamers tied up and a sigh of relief came out of my mouth that I was not injured or wet! Again with the wet thing……..I know for a fact, I can see it in my future that I will be wet one day while trying to do something like this. I just hope the water is warm and clear. Ha, ha, ha.
Showers and then we walked around the downtown area looking for dinner. We found it at a cool place called Luther’s Rare & Well Done. The food was good and the beer cold. Back to the boat and a great sunset.
11/20 we picked up the rental car and headed to Boonville NC for the holiday.
Thanksgiving weekend at the Lasky’s was great. Bonnie and Richard were so wonderful to include us in their celebrations. We got to jump into their annual Thanksgiving dinner with their friends, so I called it the 1st annual Lasky, Swann, Teachey, Ferrell Friendsgiving. We were even able to contribute to the dinner with my sister-in-law’s mashed potatoes and my mother-in-law’s dressing. We ate till our tummies were full and then watched the Cowboys beat the Redskins! Go Cowboys!
Friday brought us clouds but we girls had a day of pampering. Lunch out and then over to European Touch Day Spa for massages, facials, manicures and pedicures. Ahhhhhhh how to make a girl feel good.
John and Richard did some guy stuff (does anyone really know what guys do without their women around.) I now do. They go to the hardware store and then have burgers and beer for lunch. Mystery solved! John even came home and made the famous Ferrell Turkey & Dough for dinner.
Saturday we went to brunch and to see the new Grinch movie. I sure LOVE me some Benedict Cumberbatch.
Bright and early Sunday we will be heading back to the boat. I sure hope we start heading to some warm weather.