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Lemons Way
The continuing adventures of a cruising sailor/family lawyer, his wife (also a lawyer), and their young children.
Morning Dingy To the Beach
sunny with building wind
09/04/2008, presently we are in Daytona Beach, Florida

Well it looks like hurricane Hanna is going to pass us a couple of hundred miles to the east so I can think about moving onwards instead of hunkering down here. As a naturalist cruising destination, Daytona is about as sucky as it gets. Nothing beautiful that I could find - only commercialism and not even much of that near the City Marina - probably more shops closer to the Atlantic beach. I don't even like shops, except grocery and ABC stores, but I thought it would be fun to browse. There is, however, a nice park close to the anchorage where I've taken the dogs and where I can let them run around supervised with leashes off. I also dingied by myself to shore to get a few things from West Marine like a Quarantine flag and a Bahamas courtesy flag. I canceled my marina reservation and I'm going to head on to an anchorage within walking distance of the beach later this afternoon. There is another cane coming our way next week, but there's little I can do about that now. The wind turbine is loving this weather and the breeze feels nice. Tomorrow is supposed to be the bad day when the hurricane is directly opposite us at sea so I'll likely be holed up in the cabin for that.

Dinner At A Secluded Anchorage Near The Spansh Fort
nice cool breeze
09/02/2008

After taking the dogs to the beach and returning in near darkness in the dingy at full speed with an incredible view of the first sliver of moon, I made the nice dinner you see here. This was one of those cruising evenings that makes it all worthwhile. Dessert of Rollos. Nice.

Dusk Beach Run
nice
09/02/2008, Fort Matanzas Inlet

By the way, "Matanzas" means slaughter. One happened here when some French tried to come through the inlet. Hopefully nothing like that tonight. However, in a few days hurricane Hanna will be coming north along the Florida coast. It is supposed to hit land just north of here (ironically) but the reports today predicted very heavy winds Thursday and Friday for my area. I've decided that I'm not coming off the water - not just yet at least. Instead I reserved space at a nice marina in Daytona Beach for the duration of the storm. We will ride it out at the dock in air conditioned comfort. I see lightening in the distance tonight - hopefully it won't come our way. I only have a medium amount of chain out as this is rather narrow channel and we are closer to shore than I would like. The change of tide takes us pretty close to shore near the fort and another one is coming in the middle of the night. I think I'm ok, but it will be low tide on that change and when I swing the other direction it is possible that I will ground - I think I'll be ok. On that note, I kind of hit an ICW marker while down below for a minute making a sandwich. It was on the way from St. Augustine to here and I checked before left the helm but I must not have seen this one after so many hundreds of the blessed things. Amazingly, the Catalina 36 pretty much just bounced off without problem. I'm certain one of the two signs on the marker fell into the water...so I'm sorry about that and will be even more careful when letting the boat steer itself in inland waters.

Another Spanish Fort
Keith, nice
09/02/2008, Matanzas Inlet Between St. Augustine And Daytona Beach

I'm anchored in a really cool place tonight. As you may know, Spain controlled Florida and other parts of what is now southern United States from the time Columbus "discovered" the new world in 15th century until the British and then the US took possession. The forts that the Spanish built are huge - European in their massiveness. In addition to the large fort in St. Augustine,there is a smaller stone fort along the side of this short river leading to a small inlet. The fort was constructed to prevent back-door sea access to St. Augustine. Crews and supplies from the main fort there were dispatched here to guard this inlet. There is a really nice beach on the inland waterway side (rare) that I dingied to with the dogs around dusk. This place is just dripping with history and we are docked less than 100 yards from the fort. People have been camping out in this otherwise isolated inlet for literally hundreds of years. Tonight it is just Jake and Anne and myself.

Keith After Living On A Sailboat For Coming On Two Months
09/02/2008, St. Augustine

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As The Morning Grew, I Caught This
09/02/2008, St. Augusting

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Daybreak In St. Augustine, Florida
fine
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 Fortifications
Keith, 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 Fort
hot and humid, but I'm used to it
09/01/2008

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 Augustine
nice, building wind, which the wind turbine likes, maybe I'll let out a little more chain
09/01/2008

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.

 

 
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