It is hard to believe it is May 19th and we are in North Carolina already, at our friend Tanya’s beautiful ICW “B&B” in Wilmington, no less!! Sorry we haven’t made any posts to the blog since our departure May 1st… We’ve had great weather, albeit very hot in Florida, and so after the first few, short and slow days, we’ve been moving right along. We know, be careful what you wish for and we had wished for warmth in Florida… We got it with a vengeance, often 90+ degrees up on the fly bridge… The heat, our somewhat rusty skills, even less in shipshape bodies, being a year older AND fully retired without a pressing agenda all combined to encourage us to take it slow and easy for the first
week or so. We traveled a familiar course: from Eau Gallie to Titusville to New Smyrna Beach to Palm Coast to Jacksonville Beach and then to Fernandina Beach before our first down day. With the exception of Jacksonville Beach, we stayed in marinas we had visited before and enjoyed being in familiar places. At Fernandina Beach we were fortunate to spend a couple of days with our friends Jan and Spence, who are great people and generous and gracious hosts. In addition to terrific company and yummy food, we had luxurious accommodations, including reclining chairs and hot showers, and access the island convertible!!! It was hard to leave….
The heat broke as we left Florida but the sun remained so we had mostly smooth sailing through the rural wilds of Georgia and South Carolina. In this, our third time through these areas, we find we don’t take as many pictures, but we enjoy the scenery and the ride as much if not more than on earlier trips. The sense of familiarity helps put one’s mind at ease, especially in the early going as we worked to remember boating routines and revitalize a myriad of skills, to say nothing of rebuilding muscles and stamina! After Golden Isles on St. Simon Island, we tried Kilkenny, a different marina in southern Georgia. It has quite a reputation; cruisers seem to love or hate it, somewhat like McClellanville, SC we visited with Tanya last fall. The weather was great so we had no worries about the rustic and somewhat rickety docks, and we found Kilkenny quite charming. At Savannah we returned to delightful Isle of Hope and then in southern South Carolina, we continued through Charleston harbor to stay at Isle of Palm, a very busy, resort marina close enough that we could walk to the Atlantic Ocean beach- we didn’t, but it was nice to know we could! (Pix from FL to NC)
Though the Flickr picture sets won’t be as expansive, we are experimenting with sound and video as another way to share the adventure. We got the idea from the blog of friends Jim and Paula on Sea Eagle and we’ve posted three already: SC: Waccamaw River, SC Salt Marshes and NC: Last Pontoon Bridge (double click on any of the three hotlinks). We will also be adding to “specialty” picture sets on Flickr, such as “Unusual Sights on the Waterway” and “Strange and/or Sad Ships.” By adding both the videos and specialty picture sets to the “regular travel log” pix, we hope to share new dimensions of this great adventure!