Our New Home?
21 May 2011 | River's Edge Marina, St. Augustine, FL
We moved the boat about 4 miles yesterday to this marina along the San Sebastian River. Now instead of being along the ICW and right across from the historic downtown section of St. Augustine, we're along US 1. But the upside is that we're very close to a grocery store and West Marine and other shopping, and this place costs about a third what the municipal marina costs. And it's still clean and pretty nice and has a laundry.
I haven't heard back about boat insurance, so we don't yet know if we will stay here. It would be nice not to move the boat further north. The problem with going north is that I haven't found a good boat yard between Brunswick, GA, where the insurance wants us, and Savannah. And we don't want to take the boat all the way back to the north side of Georgia.
We took advantage of our new location today and did some shopping. Bud went grocery shopping this morning. When he came back I borrowed one of the marina bikes and went to Target, or tried to go to Target. Target is right down US 1 on the left (as you're going south). On my first attempt I rode the bike on the wrong side of the street so I wouldn't miss it. I rode a bit over 2 miles down and didn't see a Target, but I'd passed a K-Mart, so I turned around and went in there. I got some of the things we needed and headed back. I still didn't see Target.
Bud told me I'd ridden right past it. I looked it up on the computer and saw it was just 0.8 miles down US 1. After lunch I set out again. This time I was going to stop first at the Pet Supermarket to get Fuzzy some food. We'd been out of the kind he needs for a while and had been mixing rice or potatoes with his food every night to cut down on the protein. He's so old he can't handle a lot of protein. I found the food we used to buy him and got a bag and the four cans they had in stock. That was heavy enough that I decided to bring it back to the boat before I went back to Target. Then I headed out again. This time I was on the right side of the road, and I saw Target, set well back from the road behind trees with no sign out on US 1. I crossed the four lanes of traffic and the median strip and rode up to the bike rack. I went to lock the bike and realized I'd left the lock in the bag of dog food back on the boat. So I rode back to the boat again. Finally I arrived at Target with the bike and lock and was able to go inside and shop. At this point I'd biked about four miles in 90-degree weather with high humidity. I was dripping with sweat. I took my time shopping so I'd cool down before I had to leave. I did find a round cookie sheet (or pizza pan) small enough to fit in our oven, so that was a success. I also got a new laundry bag. We'd been using an old one of our daughter's. It worked find, but the cloth had a stiff coating on the inside that was starting to crumble off and would get on the clothes and then on the floor every time we used it. I had gotten a new entry rug for the bottom of the companionway at K-Mart. The one we had there we'd meant to replace before we left Wilson, but hadn't gotten around to it and then never had the time or opportunity since.
So I guess you could say we're settling in here, I just hope we can use this as our base for the summer. The photo is of the pavilion at the marina, which used to be Oyster Creek and is now River's Edge. It's not the new grilling station at TYC, but it will do.