Back in the saddle
14 April 2006 | Saint Augustine, FL
Incredibly, my MRI actually happened this morning, despite a last-minute snafu in the paperwork. By 0930 I was back at the boat and by 1100 we had filled all of our diesel tanks and were underway. It felt so good to be back on the water and not sitting with the telephone attached to my ear arguing with insurance drones!
We took full advantage of the longer days and kept going until almost 7pm which allowed us to make it all the way to Saint Augustine. We're now at Comachee Island for the night. From the moment we left the dock it was a very relaxing day. The winds were very light and the currents were almost always going our way. Navigation was straightforward, coming into the marina was relaxed, and our docking earned kudos from the dockhand, who just stood back and watched! Not every day on the water is this easy, but we've had a lot of practice and that makes it easier and this was one of those days when everything just worked...We'll sleep well tonight.
Even just the few days of northward travel have made a big difference in the vegetation. The tall palm trees are almost all gone now and pines, live oaks, and various deciduous trees are becoming more dominant. It's also really nice seeing the greens of spring. When we came through here southbound, it was winter and things were quite a bit less lush.
Our plan is to head out of the inlet here tomorrow morning and head offshore for an overnight passage to Charleston. One of the side benefits of being delayed in Daytona for a week is that it allowed a persistently unfavorable weather pattern to finally drift off and it looks like we should have decent conditions for our passage tomorrow. This one should be shorter than the last (just 24 hours) and won't involve the Gulf Stream. In fact, we should generally be within 20-30 miles of shore.
(29 54.994'N 81 18.489'W)