A Simple Meal In St Augustinenice, building wind, which the wind turbine likes, maybe I'll let out a little more chain
I got the dogs to the shore early this morning and paid my $10 to the marina so we are full fledged members until noon tomorrow with access to the showers, laundry, air conditioned lounge, trash cans, and dingy dock. I took a dingy ride to town after breakfast by myself and got cleaned up in the very nice bathrooms. Got to feel the odd sensation of using as much hot water as I want for long as I want like I read about in other cruisers' journals. After over 500 miles cruising this boat down the inland waters of the east coast on this trip and about 850 total miles cruised in this boat since leaving Annapolis last September, I can't deny I'm getting a little wearied of the ICW routine. Plus, I'm listening to report after report of tropical storms coming and starting to think about whether it makes sense to continue to head south at this time. If there's a time to take a break from this cruise, it would seem to be now until late October. I just don't know. The decision whether to cross to the Bahamas in mid-September is coming close.
St. Augustine, Floridadark, but dry
I'm anchored in St. Augustine, Florida. It is peaceful here right now. There are lights where I haven't seen light in a long time. I am cooking dinner and we will enjoy this scene tonight and then explore tomorrow.
The Love Shacknice
08/31/2008, Northern, Flordia along the ICW
Fancy Homes Along The ICW In Floridanice
I made it through Georgia without too much trouble. I got stuck once but backed myself out and there were various other challenges, but I've somehow made with my two Golden Retrievers to St Augustine, Florida. We will take a walk along the shoreline there tomorrow. It is supposed to be a big deal ICW town. All I know is that there aren't many, if any, cruisers here. There are a lot of sailboats,a few of which have people living aboard; but they are generally the sort that are stranded here, not actual cruisers. Cruisers I have not seen much of as I have traveled south in August.
Cumberland Island Atlantic BeachKeith, perfect weather
The Ruins Of the Carnegie Mansion08/29/2008, Cumberland Island
There are many pictures of the grand life they led in the early 1900s before the depression and during the plantation era. This mansion was spectacular in its day and lavish parties and events took place here. Now one can visit the ruins and imagine what life was like in this beautiful place.
The Road From the Cumberand Docks08/29/2008
It was really quiet and peaceful on the island and I got a sense of what it must have been like to live here by walking from the dock to the Carnegie mansion, now in ruins. The Carnegie family owned pretty much the whole island in the early 1900s and it was saved from development and remains in a largely natural state. It kind of reminded me of Panama.
Wild Horses On Cumberland IslandKeith, sunny
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 Submarine08/29/2008, 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 Daysnice, 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.
Singer Family Adventures
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