Beautiful St. Augustine
R and D
10 December 2010 | N29° 53.486 W081° 18.600
It was not easy to say goodbye to the wonderful community of St. Marys Georgia; a most enjoyable Thanksgiving, easy to connect with other boaters on land and via their daily "cruisers net" on VHF radio channel 69 announcing the daily happenings, transportation that was available for provisioning, where the nearest laundry, beer etc.. Boaters helping Boaters, neat!
We said goodbye to all on the radio and weighed anchor and headed back south again.
We were in Jacksonville Beach a couple of weeks ago to get more charts and stuff, then headed back North for the cruisers thanksgiving. This time in Jacksonville Beach, took 2 Taylor boat fenders that had been perforated back to West Marine and they gave us 2 new ones to replace them- not a bad guarantee eh?
We arrived in time to attend the marina Christmas Party, all free food and drinks! We finally will pick up a fishing license so we can try our hand (as so many do, everywhere) at catching our own sea food. Apparently, once one has a license you can use rod and reel, trap or net so we might be able to catch our own shrimp even!
We next took off from Jacksonville Beach at 9 am. in 40 ° - 5 to 10knts of wind and a following current. Skies were clear and the water surface was flat with catspaws. We steamed by so many magnificent waterfront homes, we declared it "billionaire's row"! Arrived in St. Augustine about 1:35 pm., docked beside a couple that we met and had breakfast in St.Mary's during the Thanksgiving week then went and had some great seafood! (what else) followed by a walkabout around this very historic town; it's like being in Spain! It's a shopaholic's paradise; hundreds of shops, galleries, Spanish Quarter Museum, an old Spanish fort and many great restaurants on cute narrow cobblestone streets, all the trees are beautifully lit, music in the park..... It's a happening little village. We would love to stay longer and the temp is a little bit higher and quite pleasant, but we're going to get another cold front next week, so we will be heading out to Daytona Beach tomorrow in hopefully 60° - 10 to15knts, so should be a good travelling day.