Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Easy Living Ahead

Fernandina Beach, FL
30 40.257 N 081 27.956


Our migration for this fall is hardly over. We still have 500 miles to go. But from here on out, the ICW is pretty, the weather is (usually) delightful, and friends plentiful. It fits the description of easy living.

Our favorite stretches on the migration route are 1) Burlington-NYC, 2) Dismal Swamp to Beaufort, NC, and 3) Ferandina Beach - to Fort Pierce, FL. Stress, shoals, heavy traffic, adverse currents, and bad weather mostly happen in the remaining stretches.

Today, we will be social butterflies. We plan lunch with cruising friend Terry, and dinner with cruising friend Charley. Tomorrow we'll head for Saint Augustine.

Another cold front will come through Thursday night. The high temperature Friday in Fernandina will plunge all the way to 57F. But the high in Vero that day will be 79F, and we'll be halfway between.

By the way, we had a wonderful walk past the ruins and through the woods to the beach on Cumberland Island yesterday. Cumberland is a jewel, I recommend it to all cruisers. By the way, northern Cumberland (accessed via the Brickhill River) is the nicest part. The live oaks up there are bigger than you can imagine, and the barrier dunes and semi-marine ecology are textbook perfect.

But the southern part of Cumberland is lovely too. If you have a bicycle and don't mind a 20 mile round trip, you can see both halves of the island with one stop. Of course you can also stop and anchor twice. Cruisers have so many options.




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