St. Augustine to Thunderbolt - 2017
|Storm clouds over the mooring field at St. Augustine on May 24.|
An Additional Day in St. Augustine
We experienced a severe thunderstorm during the night--it must have lasted an hour. This morning, Wednesday, May 24, we looked at the overcast skies and the weather prediction of 80% chance of rain and almost 1" accumulation and decided to stay here in St. Augustine another day. This was not so much that we can't handle wet weather, but because our ICW Chartbook is still wet from a previous thunderstorm and the visibility is very limited at times.
|Our damaged outboard motor is safely stored on its |
stern mount on s/v Rainy Days for the
duration of our trip north.
|It was a good decision to stay put in St. Augustine today!|
We took the marina's noon shuttle into town and had lunch at South A Philly near the marina--our cheesesteaks were quite good! After lunch, Ken and I walked to Marina Supply & Oil Company on Riberia Street and, then, the Sailor's Exchange on West King James Street while Maggie did some shopping on St. George's Street.
St. Augustine to Fernandina Beach
We have one long day ahead of us (today, Thursday, May 25) and a short day (tomorrow, Friday)--this is primarily due to the need to travel through Jekyll Creek (a severely shoaled area of the ICW) at mid-tide and rising (on Saturday morning).
After topping off our fuel tanks and fresh water tanks at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina, we went through the Bridge of Lions and headed north on the ICW. (It was kind of sad leaving St. Augustine, a place that we have come to love.)
|North of St. Augustine trees lined much of |
the western side of the ICW.
|The wake downstream of the green buoy shows how |
much tidal current we had to deal with on
the St. Johns River today.
Fernandina Beach to Wally's Leg
My day started this morning by Maggie telling me that the fresh water pump stopped working--this was while I was still half asleep and still in bed. She was up before me and trying to make coffee. At my suggestion, she changed tanks to the starboard tank and everything was fine (so we thought).
|The pulp/paper mill at Fernandina Beach |
before daybreak on May 26.
It was very cool in the morning--I wore jeans and a sweatshirt until about 10 AM when I changed onto shorts and a t-shirt.
|A shrimp boat on Jekyll Sound in Georgia.|
After a several hour long invasion of the (Georgia) horse flies along the Mackay River, we anchored in a little estuary called Wally's Leg just off the Mackay River in Georgia at 1:45 PM. Although it was early in the afternoon, the next bad area of the Georgia ICW was upon us and the tide was dropping--we decided to anchor and tackle the problematic Little Muddy River on a rising tide tomorrow.
|We anchored in Wally's Leg shown at the anchor |
sign in the center of this image.
|The marsh banks along Wally's Leg where we are anchored |
tonight. There isn't a sign of civilization in
many miles in any direction.
Wally's Leg to Kilkenny Creek
Ken of s/v Hafli weighed anchor about 7 AM, long before us. On his way out of Wally's Leg, he spotted an 8-foot alligator by the bank at the entrance.
|As I was taking this photograph of s/v Hafli leaving Wally's Leg, |
an 8-foot alligator was spotted on the left bank.
This morning, again, we had no water pressure. Before getting underway, we ripped apart the quarter berth to get access to the fresh water pump and it seemed fine. So, I started tracing down the fresh water lines looking for a leak. Before long, I found that the hose clamp on one of the cockpit shower lines was leaking pretty seriously. Apparently, yesterday the entire 40 gallons of fresh water in the forward water tank was pumped out the leaking hose connection and drained into the bilge (where it was pumped overboard by the bilge pump). Overnight, the same thing happened to the fresh water in the starboard tank. Now, two out of our three water tanks were empty.
|This was one of two dolphins that followed |
our boat for one half hour.
|There is a summer home in the middle of the trees on this |
island along the ICW in Georgia. The only way to
get to the summer home is by boat.
Kilkenny Creek to Thunderbolt
|This is the view approaching Hell Gate from the south. Hell Gate |
is a relatively narrow channel that is right in the center
of this image--it makes a right hand turn half way
down the length of the channel.
|Supposed to be a Tubby's original, this deep-fried asparagus |
was very tasty as an appetizer. The asparagus
inside the fried coating was still very crispy!