05 May 2007 | Fernandia Beach, Florida
We arrived in Fernandina Beach, Florida after an 11 ½ hour day. It was a very special day because we got to travel in dense fog for almost 3 hours! It was a first for all of us. It was a little foggy when we left at first light but we could see the markers without a problem. But after about 20 minutes the fog filled in and we could see nothing at all.
We turned on the radar which I never dreamed we would use in the Intracoastal Waterway. I monitored the chart and Kirby stared at the radar as we proceeded through the wet, thick fog. We only "touched bottom" 2 or 3 times and never did get stuck - which was a good thing as we were on a falling tide. I don't know how Kirby did it but he always impresses me. I found the whole ordeal to be stressful - he found it to be exciting!
After 3 hours of groping around in the fog we found our way into a small anchorage where 3 other boats were already anchored. We dropped the hook and had a nice breakfast. By the time we were finished eating the fog had lifted and we were on our way again.
It was a long day - arriving at 6:00 pm - but we are here in Fernandina Beach for the Shrimp Festival. We will go to town today and see if there are any shrimp and maybe have a ale at one of our favorite Pubs - the Palace Saloon where we were so well entertained by the bartender when we were here in the fall.
As I write this it is early morning, there is no wind and the water is like glass. The dolphin are feeding all around us and I can hear them breathing when they surface. It is a wonderful sound.