As The Morning Grew, I Caught This09/02/2008, St. Augusting
Daybreak In St. Augustine, Floridafine
09/02/2008, St. Augustine
I woke and when it got light out I was treated to this sight. Cleaned up the boat. Cleared out the rear cabin and checked the raw water strainer and packing gland, both of which appeared fine. Took the dogs for a long walk. Motored to the marina and filled up with diesel and water. Headed south. Traveled about 15 miles to this short river inlet where I'm presently anchored and getting ready to take the dogs to the beach. Met a nice guy last night (who I helped get his no-motor dingy to another boat). He called me over to his boat around sunset for a beer. This guy was living on a boat that I wouldn't spend a single night on. No electricity, bathroom, no anything. Just a place to sleep on the water. Yet he had me over for a beer for helping him get up-current to another boat. It really made me appreciate the absolute luxury I live in while on Tropical Dreamer. Aside from the cush interior, I have electricity, a working head, refrigeration, navionics, cleanliness, storage, full kitchen, fuel and water supplies for a week or two, so much more. I am so fortunate and I forgot how lucky I am to be traveling this way.
The Center Of The FortificationsKeith, warm and humid, but bearable because its a bit windy
09/01/2008, St. Augustine, Florida
We are spending the day hanging out in St. Augustine and figuring out whether to continue on or not. It appears that tropical storm Hanna's wind and rain will arrive here Thursday or Friday and will be mild to worse. If I head south I just head into it. Yet I really don't want to hang around five days waiting for a storm like I did in Hilton Head (though this is not a particularly bad place to wait it out). Again, if there is a time to take a break it is now. I just don't know whether doing so is smart or stupid since I am so close to the Bahamas, whatever that means.
Sleeping Quarters In The Spanish Forthot and humid, but I'm used to it
I really enjoyed touring the Spanish Fortress, now a Unites States National Monument. They really knew how to build things back in mid-evil times.
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.
Singer Family Adventures
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