On the Road Again
12 November 2016 | Jacksonville Beach FL
We left Two Way Fish Camp Marina on Wednesday, November 9th with some regret at leaving a great location with newly-made friends. We have installed the new compass, the lockers are full to overflowing with food, the bimini is on with solar panels to be tested, the dinghy is clean and ready. We've had a great week at Two Way, feeling more and more at home as the week wore on. We are best buds with the locals and the staff at Mudcat Charlies. We will miss their great hospitality. Thank you Charlie and David at the yard, Carrie, Rick and TC at Mudcats. We will be back, see you in May.
In the realm of small world, we met Randy and Terry from the Nordic Tug, Hogsbreath, out of Sarnia, who know our friends, Marty and LindyLou and Paul and Deb, from our North Channel adventures. They showed up on our docks this week, looking to purchase a southern sailboat. We think we may have seen them in the past when we've traveled NC or Georgian Bay as we shared many common experiences.
Our first night at anchor was in Umbrella Creek, which we discovered last year. It is just south of Jekyll Islan where we enjoyed a spectacular sunset followed by a calm, cool night with brilliant stars and moon. We were the only boat in the creek.
We had more company, about a dozen boats, in the anchorage at Cumberland Island. We couldn't go ashore as the park is closed from damage to the docks caused by Hurricane Matthew. It was another gorgeous night, with the treat of a cocktail on deck without being bugged !
Last night we docked at the Jacksonville Free Dock, a secure place on a creek east of the city. There is no power, but our solar is working now, so it isn't needed. There were five other boats there, all heading south to various destinations. A local couple visit the dock daily, to ask boaters if they need anything, offering rides to the grocery or marine store. What great hospitality!
Today we are at Beach Marina, just under ten miles from the Free Dock, but with a sports bar with lots of TVs. We cheered on the Badgers today and will do so for the Packers tomorrow. The weather today has been cool and very windy so a dock out of the weather was a easy decision. Only half the marina is available for docking as much of the floating docks were damaged by the hurricane, so we are glad we made a reservation yesterday.
We plan to continue traveling south on the ICW at a leisurely pace to Lake Worth, where we will wait for a weather window to let us cross to the Bahamas. We hope to revisit some favorite familiar places and find some new ones on our venture south. It will include Eleuthra and Exumas on our way to the ultimate destination, Puerto Rico. We are looking forward to meeting up with some of the cruising couples we met last year.
Please join us vicariously on our adventure. Our tracker can be found at https://share.delorme.com/whisper. My sister tells me her husband, Joe, checks on us the first thing each morning, and he isn't even a sailor!