April 20, 2015

April 19, 2015  Day 149 South for Winter
Palm Cove Marina
Jacksonville Beach, FL 

We left Daytona Beach at 0800 Saturday and headed north again on the ICW. We had one bridge to time for an opening and since it was just past our marina, we were in perfect timing for it. The other low bridges opened on request, so that was good also.

Even though we were traveling on Saturday, the boat traffic was lighter than expected. We also had very calm water. 

Shortly before we reached St. Augustine, we heard S/V Salt Shaker on the radio and immediately knew this boat! We bought Carried Away from her owners. It is amazing that we have seen them on the water three times since we began cruising!

At anchor, Mile 769
watching the storm approach
We went to an anchorage called Mile 769 north of St. Augustine near the Guana Nature Preserve and our sailboat friends went there as well! We traveled eight miles that day and were glad to get anchored before the storm arrived. We did get rain, thunder and lightning, but no wind, so we had a good evening.

We left our anchorage at 0800 Sunday and once again continued north. We had a much shorter day, only 3 hours to reach our destination of Palm Cove Marina in Jacksonville Beach. Rick and Margi (Journey) had stopped there for fuel, so after we got tied up we visited with them for a while. An hour later, Janet and Bob (Harmony) also arrived for fuel and we visited with them! They are both going farther today. After our visit, we returned to the boat to discover that Gwen and Walter on Salt Shaker had left their card. We did not realize they had stopped here too! We went over to visit them on their 42’ Island Packet, a lovely sailboat. They were just returning from a winter in the Bahamas. We had a nice time catching up with them!

We returned to Carried Away in time to close windows before another storm arrived. We have had storms almost daily for over a week. We had a light dinner onboard and then did some reading for a quiet evening.

We will stay here for a few days. Joyce has a doctor’s appointment and Bill will see a dentist. We have several provisioning errands to run also.