Friday, November 07, 2014

The Easy Life Fulfilled

Beverly Beach, ICW Mile 795
24 34.647 N 081 11.435 W

It was worth the effort to get here. We are midway through the second of two very pleasant days cruising the Florida ICW. It has been very nice. Both days feature brilliant blue skies. Last night, the full moon was spectacular. The weather this morning was a bit chilly, but now at noon it is fine.

We started yesterday morning in Fernandina Beach. We anchored last night at our favored spot in the Tolomato River (By the way, my friend Charlie suggests that we publish waypoints for our favored anchorages. Good idea. I'll do it sometime this winter.) Tonight we hope to make Daytona Beach before dark.

It gets dark very early now. Sundown is about 1730. But the current is favoring us. In fact we have had good luck with the currents except the St. Johns - Tolomato stretch. Coming past Salamander Landing we must pass under a bridge that funnels the stream. The current was so strong that we slowed to negative knots. Libby called me on deck for help. I floored the throttle. That got us under the bridge at a speed of about 1/4 knot. Whew.

We decided to skip Saint Augustine because we've seen it so many times before; most recently last spring.

We will try to stop in New Smyrna tomorrow and visit with high school friend Kerry.

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