05/16/2010, Columbia Island, Georgia
May 11th, 2010 Cumberland Island, Ga
05/16/2010, Columbia Island, Georgia
After breakfast I began the process of removing our waste pump to figure out why it wasn't working and quickly found that one of the valves was not working properly. After digging out the rebuilding package, it didn't take long to get it working and reinstalled. Unfortunately though, in the process I found that the switch on the wash down pump had finally given up the ghost.
I worked on removing the switch for an hour or so and finally quit to go ashore with Kathy, Bev, Bob and Brian for a hike and to watch Brian "kite-board" on the ocean.
The island is beautiful-tons of live oaks with Spanish moss trailing from the branches. We hiked the beach while Brian ran his kite up and down the beach.
Back on the boat we had some lunch and I put together escalloped potatoes and ham to have one the trip north to Charleston tomorrow. Brian was able to remove the bad switch and amazingly, I found one that fit the bracket perfectly. It took a while to rewire things but after a time it was back in operating order.
By the time I took care of all the tools and took a shower, it was approaching 5 p.m. and time to run over to "Savage Son" for some chart work and some of Bev's Texas chili.
The meal was excellent and we returned early to get things together for a morning departure.
May 10th, 2010 St. Augustine, Fl to Cumberland Island, GA
We were off at 7 a.m. heading north up the Intracoastal with a our head sail up, giving us about a 2 knot boost which made up for the foul current we encountered.
The day was uneventful until we approached Nassau Sound where I got a little close to a green marker and ran us aground. It was dead low tide so all we had to do was wait but that was boring so we radioed the first north bound trawler asking for a wake. When it hit us we bounced off the bottom about three times and made some forward progress toward deeper water but came to rest again about 10 feet short. (bouncing off the hard sand bottom was not at all fun.)
A few minutes later some kids in a ski boat ran by us and once again their wake lifted us. We made about 5 feet of progress when the bow hit the edge of deep water and we the rest of us followed. We were on the road again. Nothing damaged but our pride.
Arriving at Cumberland Island about 4:30, we anchored and got busy preparing dinner for "Savage Son" and "Journey" who was still on their way. I had promised Bob fish tacos someplace back in the Bahamas and we were finally getting around to making them.
Kathy made some Spanish rice and as soon as "Journey" pulled in we had a great meal and a nice time with all.
In Florida where they drive to the water
05/16/2010, St. Augustine, Florida
May 9th, 2010 St. Augustine, Florida
We were up early having promised to meet "Savage Son" for breakfast around 8am. I loaded up the empty jerry cans and a bag of trash and headed unto the marina. After checking in the dinghy and paying our $10 fee. We were off. Bob and Bev and Brian had a loaner car and knew of a good breakfast spot over the bridge.
Our meal was excellent but the car had to go back so we didn't do much provisioning. Kathy and Bev were dropped off down town for a walk and some shopping while I hauled fuel, and ran over to talk to "Journey" who had picked some fabric treatment for us at West Marine yesterday. Bob and Brian returned to "Savage Son" to do some engine work.
After noon we all met in town for dinner, walking and shopping. We spent most of the afternoon sampling sangria from a number of establishments. It was a fine, relaxing Mother's Day.
We were in bed early for a 7 a.m. departure in the morning