Hike Through Mozzie Infested But Beautiful Forestnice
08/29/2008, Cumberland Island in far southern Georgia
As soon as it was light we dingied back to the National Park docks and started hiking to the beach, about 1/2 mile from the docks. The hike went through a forest the likes of which I have never seen. Even though I applied deet, the mozzies were overpowering. Big ones. I even applied repellent on the dogs it was so bad. I got bit several times and was walking double time to keep them off of me. The dogs didn't care. They'd been cooped up on the sailboat for days without much of a chance to run free and they relished the experience.
Waiting For The Sun To Risenice cool morning
08/29/2008, the picture is 50 nm north, we are 50 nm south
It's 6:45 in the morning and we are still waiting for the sun to rise. When I started my present set of travels back in May (four months ago) the sun was up before I was. Now I often have an hour of dark before the light. Fall is coming even if it is still hot and dare I say it is getting cooler at night even as I go south. I cruised farther in one day yesterday than I have before in either this boat or Singmeaway. A favorable current 1/2 of the way helped considerably. I've been fighting current a lot of the way through Georgia. I think I've been on longer passages than the 10+ hour one I did yesterday, but this boat is faster than the Catalina 25 and in a long day, outruns it. I passed a place or two I should have probably stopped and visited, but I'm sick of visiting quaint towns. Right now I'm about distance. We'll stop when we get down into Florida some. Turns out the anchorage I found myself at last night is attached to a really cool national park.
Cumberland National DocksKeith, typical summer weather, hot and humid, but nice
08/28/2008, Southern Georgia, USA
I'm just down the way from a nice dock. I took the dogs there at dusk and this is the best picture I could get. It was too dark to hike too far even though this is the starting point for a lot of good hiking. The dogs will love it. But for tonight at least they got to run around and do their thing. We arrived back at the boat in darkness and I made a nice dinner which I did not photograph thank you - but it was good - especially the nutty bar dessert. I can still hear thunder from the system in the area. Hopefully it won't rain on us. We've been making long, 50 mile passages on the ICW this week. Tiring, but enjoyable. Florida is only a few miles away from this anchorage. Georgia has definitely taken the prize for the most remote ICW experience, but it was an experience I will never forget.
Long Days On the ICW Are Eased By Good Food Along The Wayfine
08/28/2008, Some Anchorage Between Hilton Head and Jacksonville
It's been a several day trek across the coast of Georgia. Georgia has the most rugged remote coast in the whole ICW. The shallows here are noteworthy but the open water has also been nice. Since the conditions on the water are often difficult, a nice meal really means something. Maybe that's why I keep showing the food. Maybe it just gives me something to do while I'm waiting for tonight's pasta to get done.
Sunset 50 miles further into Georgianice after all
You'd think its all sunrises, sunsets, and food, but those are just some of the highlights. There are hard times too, but I try not to dwell on them. Today was a long trek mostly against the current through lots of open water with thunderstorms threatening. Tonight's evening activity was dinner, watch the exquisite sunset, shower using the outside shower (anther great and liberating experience), shave, fix the blocked marine head (you don't even want to know, but at least I did it myself and didn't require a marina mechanic and a week of bucket use), drag Jake inside for the night, blog, and sleep.
Sunrise At Remote Georgia Anchoragesticky
I took off rather late in the morning from Hilton Head and put in over 40 nautical miles (more in regular car miles). I was tired when I arrived. The internet was pretty spotty so I couldn't upload any other pictures. This is a sense of what it looked like while I was getting ready to depart this morning. We're presently anchored another 40+ nautical miles down the ICW. Lots of open water today. We're anchored in a safe place with the possibility of dinging in to shore. Time to make dinner.
45 Miles From Hilton Head And The Eating's FineKeith, nice - no more ac, but ok
08/26/2008, Some creek along the ICW
After a wonderful day of cruising I found myself at a beautiful anchorage just off the ICW. Most of this is leftovers, but it was so good, Tucson soul food.
The Greatest Song In The World, TributeTenacious D
08/25/2008, at the site below... after the end of another song
Paste this into your browser - it starts about about 35 seconds into the video if you can forward to that point.
The Modern Chartplotter Is InstalledKeith, variable, getting hot and humid again
08/25/2008, Hilton Head
It's Monday morning and the mechanic came early to finish up so I can mozie along. This was the chartplotter I salvaged from the Catalina 25. There are pictures of it navigating me across the Sea of Cortez last year if you go back to that time in the blog. As you can see it is far superior to the 1995 technology that came with the old magellin. It comes with US maps that go into great detail and even include many of the major nav aids. That is going to help considerably as I head the last 500 miles south down the east coast of Georgia and Florida. If I want, I can buy map cards for the Bahamas or anyplace else in the world and it will chart my boat's position via GPS on the maps. This baby is fully programmable so I can customize the screens to match the exact data I want for each situation. It is lightening fast, far more accurate, and just a real asset to cruising safety. Look how it plots my exact position in this creek off of the waterway. The magellen couldn't get closer than a 30 mile view without cards that I couldn't find. This thing will zoom in to 50 feet, but that wouldn't be of much use to me except maybe in heavy fog and even then I wouldn't trust it. It uses the waas technology that airplanes use for their gps tracking. After installing the chartplotter, we did a few odds and ends to get the boat in ship shape. I ran the engine for about 20 minutes to make sure everything was working and not leaking or overheating. Now we're good to go. I've literally fixed/serviced everything I know of to fix so the boat is pretty much in perfect order. I'm sure that won't last long, but its feels good for now. I'll clean up and get it ready to travel, pay my bill this afternoon, and head out either later this afternoon or first thing tomorrow morning. Maybe I can get a ride to the grocery to provision and perhaps a dinner on the town before heading off. Why rush.
Sunday Morning Cozied Up In The Cabin Of TDKeith, rainy again
08/24/2008, Hilton Head, SC
After the beautiful day yesterday it is raining this morning so it seems waiting another few days to head south again was a blessing. I already took the dogs for a short walk and made some pita toast and coffee and we're back inside the cabin. I don't think I've got cabin fever even though we've been in here a lot over the past few weeks. I'm kind of a homebody anyway (a homebody who likes to travel long distances as long as he can take his home and dogs with him). Now Jake - he still gets antsy if he's down below for too long. Anne rests without any trouble. The Catalina 36 MKII design is really comfortable for living. It has 14 windows or ports altogether. Not ideal in the middle of the ocean perhaps, but for coastal cruising and hanging out in one place, it is just great. Lots of light and when its raining, the water streaming off all the windows is beautiful. Two of my ports have very slight leaks (a few drips) which don't affect anything that I know of. Otherwise it stays cool and dry in here with the ac going now for almost two weeks. The cockpit is also very roomy and perfect for spending time with the dogs or people. Many of the cockpits on more expensive boats are small and cramped and not at all comfortable to spend time in. I still haven't come across a boat I'd rather have right now than this one. Yesterday turned out to be a very nice day. Late afternoon I was walking the dogs and came across two Israelis who wanted to take pictures of my dogs. Turns out one of them just finished working for the New Jersey "Y" Camp, where I spent several of the best summers of my life. Small world. I can't believe Vinny the cook works there this many years later. I showered and shaved earlier the afternoon, did the dishes, organized the kitchen utensils, and filled up my 5 gallon extra diesel jug and stored it out of the way. I'd eventually like to have four of these on board. Each 5 gallon jug gives me about 10 hours, or 50 miles, of motoring if needed. Did some minor marinetex repair on two small chips along the side of the boat that have appeared recently. Walked the dogs several times over the course of the day and met nice really people at the dog park. Jake and Anne seemed happy as clams to just hang out on deck most of the rest of the day in the warm but not too hot sun. As I've mentioned before, we are like a little tourist attraction with people coming up to visit the beautiful goldens sitting so contentedly on the nice clean sailboat. Made a chicken and rice casserole last night - my first. I think I overcooked it, but it was still decent. The dogs had some in their food for dinner and breakfast and there's still lunch or a few more dog meals. Watched "I am Legend" last night before heading to bed. It was just ok. I've watched about 5 movies in the last week or so, which is more movies than I've watched in the last year or so. Well, it's still raining outside. I'm supposed to meet some people at the dog park in 20 minutes and I had an offer to take the dogs to the beach from some other people. Instead we'll have to occupy ourselves in here until things clear up. Hope you enjoy your Sunday as much as I'm likely to enjoy mine. I think I'm finally learning how to relax more.
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