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Fernandina Beach to 3 Island Anchorage, Pablo Creek FL
12/10/2008, Fernandina Beach to 3 Island Anchorage, Pablo Creek FL

It felt good to break anchor and leave this morning but we’re anchored S. of Green Buoy 17 before a fixed bridge in an area where it looks like there are quite a few verrry unattended sailboats at anchor or moored. It’s kind of creepy to think that people just abandon their boats at anchor and leave them to sink or drift to shore. We’re in a spot though that there aren’t any more anchorages for the next 20 miles so it’d be iffy to try and make it to the next anchorage before dark. The bridge houses an interstate highway whose traffic we’re hoping will chill come nighttime. Weather is supposed to be moving in tonight/tomorrow so we may need to be here for a couple nights. A smaller boat from Canada was the only other boat to pull in and decide to stay for the night (Voyager) – a few others looked but didn’t stay.

Fernandina
Rain shower in the morning, 50 – 72
12/09/2008, Fernandina Beach FL

Wow from Latitude/Longitude starting from Saugatuck, MI to here (N42 40.60 x W 086 13.00 to N30 40.451 x W 081 28.296) we’ve moved approximately 12 degrees of latitude south and 5 degrees of longitude east in 5 months at a speed between 4-9 knots. Wayne feels we’ve moved to fast, at times I feel we’ve moved to slow. I’d love to stay and visit places for longer periods of time, but the cold just makes me want to move south… Waited around most of the morning for the winds/rain to die down then after 11:00 decided to stay. Not much happening – caught up on some email from family and tried to figure out what our next move should be… So we hung out and did boat chores, waited for the winds to die down, then got the dingy off the deck, back into the water, attached the motor, then put it back to the davits so we’re ready to leave tomorrow.

FLORIDA!!!
60s and sunny (at last)
12/08/2008, Fernandino Beach Florida

Florida at last! It feels like a milestone to me that we've made it here (granted to the border but hey - its FLORIDA). 5 months on our little boat and 2616 miles under our keel from Lake Michigan to here. It was good to make contact with Di & Joe and let them know we're in Florida. I'm soo looking forward to seeing them! After our nap yesterday I called to let them know we were safely tucked back in and proceeded to nap again. There seems to be a large petroleum company here and another manufacturing facility on this river. We're anchored on Amelia river off the ICW actually on the border of Georgia (St. Mary's inlet where we came in) and Florida. Spent the day catching up on my journal and downloading pictures and Wayne went over the charts & books.

There is a different type of porpoise in this harbor, smaller and lighter in color than the previous ones (harbor dolphins?) but mesmerizing just the same. We got up late and decided after checking email and chatting with family to stay put today. It's actually a nice day out - 60s but my mood is not as upbeat as it was in the morning. I'm just glad we're here and so grateful that life has given us the opportunity to be able to make such a trip. I hope that life allows this opportunity to continue...

Joyce/James - if you're reading this - I couldn't believe that a boat named Ketchup exists. A boat named Ketchup II came in and anchored near us - had to take a picture of it for you...

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