St. Augustine to Jacksonville
02 May 2016
Saturday April 30, Sunday May 1
We left the dock at New Smyrna at 7:05 a.m. The wind was S.E. at 10-15 kts. picking up to 15-20 after lunch. The water was choppy from the wind and all of the boat traffic, it's a Saturday. We were able to maintain 6.5-7 kts. speed all day. We had some love bugs hanging on for a few days. They are gone but we still have white butterflies with us. The winds picked up to 20+ knots before docking in St. Augustine municipal marina at 5 p.m. . Fortunately for us it was blowing the right direction and blew us right onto the fuel dock. Captain Carl had to do some fancy maneuvering to get us back off the dock and into our slip. There's a strong current running through the marina here.
We spent two nights in St. Augustine. We took care of some boat chores Sunday morning. Afterwards we walked to the historic district. The flowers and gardens are beautiful now. We had lunch at the Florida Cracker. Crab cakes for me and fish and grits for Carl. We stopped to buy beef empanadas, a cinnamon bun and rolls from the Spanish bakery and my favorite chocolate covered coconut patties and pralines from the candy shop. We called Uber to take us to Publix for a few things ( no chance of running out of food on this boat!). I spent a few hours in the Captain's lounge in the afternoon watching one of my favorite movies, The Wizard of Oz. After dinner on the boat, we watched the schooner, Freedom, come in from a sunset cruise. The wind calmed down a little after the sun set.
Monday May 2
We were up at 6:30 a.m. to get our showers. With coffee in the thermos cups and our cinnamon roll warmed up, we were ready to unplug the shore power and untie the lines. We left the dock at 7:15 to make the 7:30 opening of the Bridge of Lions Bridge. It was sunny and the winds were calm. Thunderstorms were predicted for the afternoon. This stretch of the ICW has wide, grassy wetlands with lots of shore birds. The winds increased to 15-20 as the day wore on. We were the third boat to arrive at the dock at Sister's Creek at 2p.m. Two men from the other two boats came out to catch our lines. That was nice. Two more boats arrived after us. We enjoyed visiting with our dock mates before dinner. We had rafted up with one couple in Vero Beach in December. I recognized their dogs first, a cute dappled dachshund and a sweet 3 legged chihuahua. The unofficial dock master and his wife came out to greet us all. Some clouds rolled in with thunder and lightning in the distance. We might get a storm after all.