Ft Lauderdale to Beauford, SC

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At Sea

May 19-20, 2005

We left Ft. Lauderdale at 12:30pm on the 19th and spent two very uncomfortable nights at sea. On the first night, the alternator belt broke, knocking off the belt for the raw-water pump. That meant trying to find a place to drop anchor in the dark; and digging into deep storage for another belt. Remember the line from the Captain Ron movie: "If anything's gonna' happ'n, Boss, it's gonna happ'n out there"?  Well, it seems to me that not only is it gonna' happ'n out there, it's gonna' happ'n after dark.  I was hoping that when we found a place to anchor, we could just stay for the rest of the night. Somewhere around Lake Worth Inlet we dropped the hook but it was far too rolly to stay. After the belt was replaced, we headed back out to sea for another bouncy night.

St. Augustine, FL

May 21-22, 2005
(arrived 4:20 pm)

Anchorage: N 29053.682, W081018.435

Beautiful St. Augustine has temporarily lost much of its anchorage to the construction equipment for the new bridge. We anchored across from the town on the Matanzas River. There was lots of river traffic that kept the boat bouncing and pitching most of the time.

A trip into town to find t-shirts for Bob was a waste. The 3/$10.00 t-shirt store is no longer there but the $7.00 dinghy dock is. We were more than ready to leave St. Augustine after only two nights.

 

Cumberland Island National Seashore

We must not be in Florida - boats actually slow down when coming through the anchorage.

May 23-25, 2005

Anchorage: N 30045.998, W081028.272

Wow!!! What a fantastic site. Cumberland Island has been the very best of our voyage so far.

 The first day was hot and sticky but we woke to a marvelous 730 on day two. We spent most of that day ashore exploring maritime forests, beaches, sand dunes, salt marshes, 1880's buildings, and the ruins of the Carnegie's Dungeness mansion. We even got an up-close look at several of the feral horses. This was also the first time we've seen an armadillo that wasn't Texas road-kill.

We could have spent several days just enjoying the island. This is definitely a "must stop" in our opinion.  It would also be a great place for camping - if a body were into that sort of thing.

Cumberland Island National Seashore Picture Gallery. Click on a photo for a larger view.

       
Oaks draped in Spanish Moss line trails  leading through the Maritime Forest. Muscadine vines and saw palmetto give it a jungle like feel.
The many camp sites are along these trails.
In the middle of the forest the Dungeness mansion stands in ruins. Built in the late 1880's for Thomas and Lucy Carnegie, it was never restored after a fire in 1959. Additional mansions were built for four of their nine children. The Lawn of Dungeness overlooks the salt marshes and not the ocean. Feral horses now roam the lawns and gardens, unaffected by the nearness of man.

A stroll along the board walks offer views of the beach, sand dunes, forest, and salt marshes.

The salt marshes in the background provides food for clams, oysters, shrimp, fiddler crab, and flounder. There are two diverse  dune systems on the island.  This provides protection from the sea, storms, and flooding. This beach along the Atlantic is reached by one of two different boardwalks. It is a short walk and more than worth the effort. What perfect day would be complete without a beautiful sunset. My lure, Nol'n (named after the man that said I had to have it), sits a rest after another day of catching absolutely nothing.

Much too soon we had to leave this beautiful place for another night at sea.

Next Port: Beauford, SC to New Bern, NC