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Dreamboat 2011-12 Cruise
Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, SC

What a fun place! We rented bicycles today and spent 5 hours touring the Sea Pines Resort. It's beautiful or should I say, Carolina low country beautiful. Woodsy with Spanish moss hanging from the trees. Relaxed. Nature at its best. We rode miles of bike trail today exploring the lower third of Hilton Head Island. There is everything here: biking, tennis, water activities, golf, sightseeing, shopping, live entertainment, and even planned excursions. We loved it. We are having a brand new vacation every day and couldn't be luckier. Tomorrow we go up the ICW to Beaufort, SC - about 36 miles. I'm looking forward to being on the ICW again; there is so much to see. On the waterway again - day 5 of our journey north from Jacksonville. The Admiral
The picture is of the ruins of the original plantation on this part of the island.

04/18/2012 | Faye
Sounds like a great day.
Ocean Voyage
04/16/2012, Hilton Head, SC

We rose early and rode the high tide up Jekyll Creek with no trouble in the areas of shoaling we were warned about. Then we exited the ICW and motored out St. Simons Sound and into the ocean. When we turned north we had 66 miles to go to Tybee Roads Inlet. The weather forecaster got this day right as the predicted moderate winds and seas and sunshine were exactly what we got. Except for a dozen fishing trawlers as we left St Simons, we motored all day with almost no other boats around us until we got to Tybee Roads inlet. There we encountered a huge container ship exiting the inlet as we were going in. Tybee Roads inlet goes into Savannah, but there is also a branch of it that goes into the sound behind Hilton Head Island. We took that one and are now docked in Harbour Town Marina which is part of the beautiful Sea Pines Resort. The dockhand who met us at our slip to help us tie up and plug in then welcomed us with a complimentary bottle of Harbour Town's red or white wine. We then enjoyed the wine while relaxing in our cockpit after a long day in the ocean. We are staying here tonight and tomorrow night. The Captain

04/16/2012 | Gary
Great picture!
Doesn't it remind you of home? (Your new "Home")
04/17/2012 | Faye Strawn

Enjoy your 2 nights

More Georgia History
04/15/2012, Jekyll Island, Florida

After a pleasant evening with other boaters on Fernandina's dock, we headed out this morning bound for Jekyll Island, GA. We crossed into the GA ICW and motored along Cumberland Island, which we toured earlier in the month. It's amazing how many miles of beautiful, deserted beaches there are in the four hours we traveled. Early in the afternoon, we arrived at Jekyll Island and docked at the Jekyll Harbor Marina. We got settled and the dockmaster offered us a ride into town to take a guided tour of the "Millionaires' Club." We have taken a trolley tour anytime we could find one and today was no exception. We learned that in the late 1800s, a group of millionaires joined together and bought Jekyll Island. They started the Jekyll Island Club, sitting on the river, surrounded by live oaks on a huge tract of land. Each owner bought a share in the clubhouse and had a suite and servants. Everyone dined in the dining room and it was said that 1/6 of the world's wealth sat in that dining room. In fact it was mandatory that you come to dinner and to church on Sunday. Those who found the clubhouse too small for them built other houses more suitable to their liking. These winter cottages, used for three months a year, were 8500 to 12,000 sq. ft. in size. Most needed twelve servants to run the house. 13 cottages were built, though there was room for 70. Millionaires travelled to the club by private yacht or the club's boat. There was no other way onto the island. The owners paid $1,200 membership a year in the 1800s. Their names were Pulitzer, Rockefeller, Post, MacKay, Crane, Gould, Goodyear, and Moss to name a few. Ordinary people could not afford the Millionaires Club. The Club flourished until the income tax became law, the stock market crashed, and WWII began. All of these took somewhat of a toll on the millionaires but fuel rationing caused it not to open in 1942. They couldn't fuel the yachts or run the power plant. Eventually, the state of GA bought the island for something over $600,000 and today it is a state park. The tract of land with the houses and clubhouse is still beautiful and pristine and a large resort hotel stands at the center. Some of the houses have been restored and are used for guests; others are part of the museum and are toured by the public or used as art galleries. Now, what was closed to public is open to everyone. We saw people touring, walking, biking or just enjoying this beautiful expanse of unspoiled land. We hear that Christmas is the time to be here to see all the holiday displays. The dockmaster said it's magical. But right now, you can stay in the presidential suite or the Crane House and surround yourself with the quiet beauty of nature for $479.00 a night. I don't think it comes with servants, though! To quote a dock neighbor, we had another wonderful day in paradise. The Admiral
Tomorrow, we are going up Jekyll Creek at daybreak and out St. Simons Sound to motor north offshore up to Tybee Roads Inlet's branch north into to Calibogue Sound which is behind Hilton Head Island. We should be there no later than 7pm. The Captain

04/16/2012 | Faye Strawn
Jekyll Island. Yes, I remember when driving down to Florida every year, we went right by this place.

Sometimes we would stop and drive in, but of course there were great big gates, so could not get in, but looked at it through the railings
It was fun.
Dreamboat on the Road Again!
04/14/2012, Fernandina, Florida

We got up to somewhat cloudy skies but calm winds, so we unplugged the boat and got under way. All was fine until we got about half way to Fernandina and ran into a spot that appeared to have less than the 5' we needed. It was dead low tide and, given the 6' tide range we dropped anchor planning to wait an hour, in which time the tide would rise about a foot, giving us enough to squeeze through. In the meantime three trawlers came through in a line, the first of which was someone knew from Marathon. He felt his way through a little closer to shore than we had tried and passed on what he saw to the next one . He went closer still to shore and found more water, and the third one went even closer and found a lot. So we raised anchor and followed the third trawler's path with no problem. When we got to Fernandina the mooring we had reserved was blocked by an anchored sailboat so they put us on the very end of the fuel dock at the same rate we were going to pay for the mooring. Tomorrow morning the friends on the first trawler are coming over for coffee before we leave for Jekyll Island Marina which is only about a half day north. We need to wait for the following day's high tide to go up Jekyll Creek and continue on north. The Captain

It felt great to be back on the boat again even though I miss my new grandson. The gentle rocking motions lulled me to sleep after a busy day. I was also happy to hear familiar voices on the radio and see familiar faces at the dock.
The Admiral

04/14/2012 | gary
You guys don't waste any time!
Don't sail past Mryrtle Beach before the 25th!!!!
I can't swim that good anymore!
Ready to Get Moving
04/13/2012, Jacksonville Beach

We arrived back at Palm Cove Marina this afternoon after 5 weeks up north. Went to the grocery store to restock the fridge and freezer. Plan to start north either tomorrow, or Sunday depending on when the winds calm down from the weather that went through here today. Watch for future posts. Next target is to anchor off Cumberland Island or maybe a marina in Saint Mary's City.

Touring Cumberland Island, Georgia
03/13/2012, Via: People ferry from St Mary’s, Ga.

On this beautiful day, we took the ferry from the tiny town of St. Mary's, GA to the Cumberland Island National Seashore. In the Gilded Age, 90% of the island was the winter home of the Thomas Carnegie family. It was their retreat from Pittsburgh. When Thomas died in the late 1800s, his wife moved there with her nine children and expanded the winter mansion, Dungeness. She also had four more mansions built for some of her children. Gradually, all the children passed away and the land and buildings were donated to the National Park Service for preservation. Today, the ruins of Dungeness and some of the other estate buildings sit on the property. Several cars from the 1920s were even left in their parking spaces to rust away. Mrs. Carnegie made it part of her will that the horses on the island would always run free, so today there are 200 horses who live on their own in the wilds of the park. They've even adapted to drinking brackish water since there is very little natural fresh water on the island. But the beauty of this park is the public access. The island runs river to ocean, about a mile wide and over 17 miles long. Between the beach and the ocean is an unspoiled maritime forest of palms and live oaks hanging with Spanish moss. The public can visit the ruins, camp, swim, walk, bike or take a ranger-guided tour. We had arrived at 10 and caught the ferry back at 4:45, so after walking four miles through forest and beach, we felt lucky to have been able to spend a leisurely day exploring one of our 390 National Parks. We were also amazed that one of the Carnegie family members had the foresight to donate this land before developers moved in. Now, the American people own 90% of this national treasure. The Admiral

03/14/2012 | Faye
Wow interesting story. I just got the pix from yesterday too. Have a safe trip home
Thinking of you
04/04/2012 | karen e
bruce, thanks for sending the link to your blog. read all the posts. beard looks great. you both look great. know you will continue to have a wonderful adventure.

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