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Titusville FL anchorage
12/21/2008, (N28o37.454; W80o48.242)

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Happy winter - today is the first official day of winter. Doesn't feel like it at 75 degrees though... We hung out on the boat then put the dingy in the water to go into the marina and check out the surroundings to see where everything was in the marina. We're not due in until tomorrow but I wanted to scope out the lay of the land so I knew where to head when she told us which dock and slip to head for. We were going to say hi to Roy and Shirley too but they'd already taken off. We spent a quiet day of watching dolphins. I've yet to see a manatee and there are all kinds of signs around to watch out for them. I keep looking...

Rock House Creek to Titusville FL {35.1 miles)
12/20/2008, (N28o37.454; W80o48.242)

Left this morning around 8:45am and got to the anchorage and dropped anchor around 4pm. It was a straight shot and pretty uneventful other than being pretty shallow all around us! It was freaky in some areas we passed. We need 6 ft of water and areas around us we saw fishermen standing in a foot of water near our boat casting nets - THAT made me nervous. What incentive to stay in the channel! We anchored in 7 ft and while anchoring heard "Wayne!" "Hey Wayne!" Couldn't figure out where it was coming from then looked around and spotted Roy from Wind Drifter waving at us. We were anchoring right next to them and didn't see them. After we got tucked in, Roy came by to say hi and see if we needed any ice (he was making an ice run). He told us there was a boat parade tonight so this will be our second boat parade for the Christmas season. Roy told us that we should blow our horn at the boats we like so we got the horn out but it wouldn't blow. It seems to be plugged up with something - Wayne tried and tried but nothing was going through it. I tried taking pictures of the boats as they came right past us but couldn't steady the camera enough to get any decent shots (the boats coming by had us rocking). It was pretty neat to have them all lit up in the dark and circling us though.

Rock House Creek Anchorage
12/19/2008, (N29o03.677; W80o55.881)

Friday, December 19, 2008
Slept in and then checked out the charts. We could either break the trip to Titusville into 2 days and anchor along the ICW or get an earlier start tomorrow and make it in one trip so we decided to stay put. We hung out here and explored a tidal flat/dune at low tide by dingy. Watched the dolphins and birds in and on the water. This is a nice little anchorage - big enough for 3 boats (comfortably) with access to the ICW, river and the Atlantic. Watching the surf hit the breakers was kind of cool considering we were safely ensconced behind a barrier of sand.

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