Deja Vue All Over Again
05 May 2016 | Darien, GA
To put Whisper away for the summer, we needed to retrace our path in the ICW from Ft Pierce north to Brunswick, GA. The plan is to haul her out at Two Way Fish Camp to leave her during hurricane season and drive back to Milwaukee. We will return in late October to launch, travel the ICW back to Florida and resume our island hopping.
We gave ourselves a few lay days in Ft Pierce to recover from our crossing and to celebrate my birthday. The municipal marina there has brand new floating docks, built after Sandy wiped out the old ones. The marina is at the heart of the historic district with an open square right on the waterfront. We were treated to a Farmers Market/Art Fair on Saturday and a Corvette show on Sunday.
We found we could make much better time going north in the spring, with the longer daylight hours, than we did coming south in the winter. We visited our former favorite anchorages and slips at Daytona and Cocoa Village, stopping at the latter for ice cream and the yummy grilling sauces at the Village Spiceman. We added a southern anchor basin at St Augustine among the local boats, and the free Jacksonville dock to our itinerary. Our last night on the hook was at Cumberland Island, where we finally spotted a group of horses on the shore right near our anchorage.
To get to Two Way, we motored off the ICW into a creek and followed a winding route for several miles to what appears to be a very protected, marshy area. There are actually three parts to the site, the marina, the boat yard and Mudcat's restaurant, each independently owned. We found the staff very friendly and helpful at all three. We borrowed a car to go to the nearby Brunswick airport, where we rented a car. After Charlie, the boatyard owner, hauled Whisper and set her up on jack stands, we drove the rental car to Naples to visit Bill's sisters, Mary and Joanie, and to look for a car to purchase. It felt very strange living up three stories in air conditioned comfort after our ten months on the water.
Within a few days, we had our 'fun' car - a Pontiac convertible -and were back on the road north. It was a new experience putting up a boat for the summer instead of the winter. We hope the tips and tricks we read about work to keep the humidity and bugs out of the boat. No pink liquid in the tanks this year! The weather gods gave us high temps, humidity and rain during that time. We were able to stay on the boat and we were glad for screens and the portable fan, but we treated ourselves to a last night at a motel. We found the local Georgia shrimp super delicious, especially the day we dined at a place on the creek where we watched the shrimp boats unload. Apparently no one was interested in catching and prepping the local alligator that hung out under the restaurant dock.
With the car overloaded with gear, clothes and the last of the galley stores, we took the final steps to close up Whisper and leave her in Charlie's care for the summer. I'll close down the blog with this post, but will resume the tales of our adventures when we get back to Georgia in the fall.