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The continuing adventures of a cruising sailor/family lawyer, his wife (also a lawyer), and their young children.
Wild Horses On Cumberland Island
Keith, sunny
08/29/2008

I decided, based on the recommendation of a blog reader, to stay the day here instead of rushing off to Florida. Turned out to be a beautiful sunny day. While dingying to the far dock I saw these wild horses walking along the water.

Trident Nuclear Submarine
08/29/2008, You don't need to know

As I sat talking to a nice couple who had spent the week camping near the place I anchored last night an enormous submarine flanked by several coast guard tugs and security boats came by. Those specs on the top deck are people. The waterway closes when these boys come through. Understandably. Not only are they nuclear powered but they are likely filled up with our latest technology nuclear missiles. No, we wouldn't want anybody making a run for this sub as she heads back to the gigantic base just up the river.

This Is the Kind Of Place We Would Do Tfilot Together Back In the Ramah/USY Days
nice, getting hot and humid
08/29/2008, Cumberland Island National Park

I'm not really into tfilot anymore, but if I was and if I was with a group, this would definitely be the place for it.

Anyone Up For A Run On The Beach
08/29/2008

I have really enjoyed the times we've anchored on one side of a shelter island and then walked across to the Atlantic beach on the other side. This morning the water was calm and it was low tide so there was plenty of beach for the dogs to play on and for me to meander along. There are no hotels on this beach and no rules prohibiting dogs. Now they are all tired out and resting on the boat. I've got to do a huge load of dishes and then we may tour the Carnegie mansion ruins before heading off to Florida.

Hike Through Mozzie Infested But Beautiful Forest
nice
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 Rise
nice 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 Docks
Keith, 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 Way
fine
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 Georgia
nice after all
08/27/2008

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 Anchorage
sticky
08/27/2008

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.

 

 
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