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Where There's Smoke....

08 May 2011 | Fernandina Beach, FL
Mike
I left my slip just after sunrise and crossed the St Augustine Inlet and continued north. Just after I passed through Jacksonville, I noticed the skies darkening to the north and west. I had checked the weather and there was no mention of any rain or storms in the area.

As the time passed, I noticed that the color of the sky was not typical of an approaching storm. It was more of a gray-green color. I then started to hear talk about on the VHF radio. As it turned out, there was a rather large brush fire in the Okee Fenokee (SP?) Swamp and the wind was carrying the smoke south and east over the Atlantic. Who would have thought that a swamp could catch fire?!?

Anyway, as the day wore on, the smoke became thicker and really blocked out the sun. The color of everything seemed muted, like those old sepia-tone photographs from the civil war era. It was kind of eerie. By the time I reached Fernandina Beach, I could even smell a slight odor of smoke in the air.

I arrived at Fernandina Harbor Marina without incident and prepared to spend my last night in Florida for this trip.
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Vessel Name: Norma Fay
Vessel Make/Model: Hunter 386
Hailing Port: Racine, Wisconsin
Crew: Mike Miller
About: I recently retired from the trop-rock band the "Boat Drunks" and I'm going sailing. Heading through the Eastern Great Lakes, down the ICW and to the Bahamas for starters. Then...We'll see!
Norma Fay's Photos - Ludington to Alpena (Main)
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Norma Fay

Who: Mike Miller
Port: Racine, Wisconsin