On the road again! We love being back. We loved being “gone” too, but being back has its perks. Full fridge (including BEER, the most expensive commodity in the Bahamas allegedly), calm water, cell phone service and familiar scenery. We are making great time up the coast, flying through Florida, Georgia and part of South Carolina already. Loving doing the ICW better this time – warm weather, local knowledge, and a few more months of boating experience are making this trip up way more fun than our route down. Here are some road-trippin highlights so far:
Slightly less beardish
On the road again (this time, red to PORT)
CUMBERLAND ISLAND 2: The Found World
Still one of our favourite places
#streetstyle in Beaufort, SC
Happy hours and free BBQ? Southern Hospitality!
Beautiful Beaufort, SC (“Bew-fort”)
Forrest Gump celebrity spottings.
Schwing bridge / full moon
Rough winter for this guy
Fort Matanzas, Florida. The black and white makes it look kind of epic…but it was about the size of a garage.
BBQ in the Georgia marshlands (Wally’s leg, GA)
Beers in Beaufort, SC
Navigation. “Easy in. Weird current vs wind but quite scenic (for FLA)” – anchorage reviews by CL
Love dees manatees
The land of 1000 bridges
Wow – wasn’t expecting to wear this guy again. Frig!
This guy gets us every time. Hard to tell whose hair it might have been…
Classic ICW anchorage morning on the Herb River, GA
Today, we had an ideal cruising day – the type where you sleep in a bit, and still get to your destination by noon. In this case, we were headed to Jekyll Island, Georgia. This island piqued our interest, with tales of riches during it’s former years as a private refuge for the extremely wealthy (think Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, etc.). Back in the late 1800s/early 1900s, they built massive cottages with 22+ bedrooms, which interestingly did not feature kitchens as the families all ate at the communal private yacht club dining hall. Who knew?! We were keen to check it out…
It took us over an hour to get the dinghy unpacked/pumped up/organized and OF COURSE, the outboard wouldn’t start (since we’ve barely used it this fall). After a quick call to pops, we deduced that it was probably bad fuel (thanks Wally! haha), and I siphoned out the old to make room for the new. BOOM! She fired up almost instantly.
<I should say the outboard behaved VERY erratically during the trips back and forth from the dock, gaining it the moniker “Wild Willy”. I am confident there will be more stories to come of WW taking us for a “ride”…>
Once we got ashore, we basically said “Screw the mansions, let’s go to the beach!”. So we did. And it was spectacular. It’s easy to forget that we are so close to the ocean as we travel through marshes and narrow rivers in the ICW just inland, so to see the wide expanse of the Atlantic again was a refreshing break, and beautiful reminder of where we are headed in the (hopefully) not so distant future.
Wild WIlly n’ Tara
Caitie loves marine mammals
“Stop looking at me swan”
Jurassic Park II: The Lost World
Gettin’ beach ready
Horseshoe crab (deceased) – prehistoric animal!
I’M HAVING A GREAT TIME!
This section of the ICW can be boiled down to 3 main themes:
We’ve been a little MIA from the internet, because we’ve been a little MIA from society the past week since returning to the boat. We are transiting one of the more desolate sections of the ICW, with few (and far between) towns, and even fewer boats on the water. To add to the feeling, we’ve had some crazy Bermuda-triangle style fog white-outs, including one that came in so fast that we we were able to tick something off our bucket list: spontaneously anchor in a non designated anchorage (because it was too risky to keep going).
It’s been great though! We’ve continued our “Phase Two” ethos, we still have a stocked library and pantry (after our thanksgiving haul), and have been enjoying shorter transit days in the quiet of the marshland.
Haven’t seen one yet, but not for lack of looking!
View to the left
View to the right
Best visibility we had all day
Mark hit a wall the other day with our “high output” alternator, as it was not delivering adequate charge to our NEW batteries. It took a couple days of testing and tinkering (with a few cruisersforum.com posts), but he re-did the wiring and managed to solve the problem! Small victories.
Boat maintenance is 80% fitting into small spaces.
“I don’t think so, Tim”.
Big Sky, Georgia.
Our next few days should include a peek at Jekyll Island (home of Rockefeller mansions), Cumberland Island (wild horses!) and then F.L.A.! BIKINIS! (or at least, fewer sweatpants).
P.S. Thanks Pat for the beersocks!
I wish we could brew on the boat!
We are happy. Phase 2 so far, has been a smash success.
Without a schedule, we are free to do as we please. The weather is good, and we realize how much that helps.
So what if it has been incredibly foggy in the morning for the past few days (can’t see 500 feet ahead of the boat)…”Let’s have another coffee and leave in a coupla hours. The sun should burn it off. Can I make you some eggs?”
Here’s to hitting our stride