February 28, 2013

February 28, 2013 Day 293
At anchor
Seabreeze, FL
Total miles to date: 4921.8

The focus this morning was to complete the work on the generator by getting it all put back together.  Success!  Bill was exhausted and declared the human body is not meant to be twisted into a pretzel to reach difficult places on the boat!

We were able to leave New Smyrna Beach by 1:30 and just traveled 13 miles today to an anchorage near Daytona.  We left the Indian River and soon passed the Ponce de Leon Inlet to the ocean.  The historic 175 ft. red Ponce Inlet Lighthouse commands attention!  We fought a strong current most of the trip today. There is quite a bit of shoaling in places and we had to pay close attention to stay in the narrow channel.  We also saw three raccoons wandering along the shore today – that was a surprise!
Leaving New Smyrna Beach

Typical scenery on the ICW today
Ponce de Leon Lighthouse
Port Orange - and look how shallow it is just outside our channel!
This boat literally left us in its wake!
Next, we passed Port Orange, complete with many condos that line the ocean front.  We passed under the bridge that takes the well-known A1A highway across the ICW.

We chose an anchorage near Seabreeze, south of Daytona. We grilled marinated flank steak to accompany our baked potatoes and sautéed fresh green beans, and salad for dinner.  After dinner we listened to our granddaughter Ashley play The Entertainer on the piano. She learned it in five days!

Tomorrow we will go to St. Augustine and stay for three nights. We are excited about touring this historic city!