Brunswick Landing and Fernandina

This day was a little different than most of our days on the waterway. We had a very short day motoring into Brunswick, GA and one of our favorite stop-overs at Brunswick Landing Marina. Since it was such a short day we left leisurely at 9am.  Wow, it was nice to take our time in the morning.

 As fast as our trip north for Thanksgiving was we planned to slow it down on the journey back. We planned shorter days and staying over sometimes more than just one night.

The day into Brunswick was calm and leisurely. With high tides we had plenty of depth. 

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Coming in to Brunswick Landing Marina I couldn't help but snap these twin fishing boats. Aren't they cute? 

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Our afternoon and evening brought some wonderful surprises. We got to catch up with Sherri who is the nicest dock master anywhere. And we docked right next to our friends Jeff and Karen on aCapella the gurus of Active Captain. How nice it was to see them all. 

The next morning was calm and beautiful again. We have had such a nice stretch of clear skies. We left very late for us- 9:30am. That's a record! We did this in order to time a 3/4 tide for Jekyll Creek which is another notoriously shallow passage. At 3/4 tide it was no problem! We certainly had to take it very slowly but we saw no less than 5' water under keel. What a difference an almost high tide makes! Plus, remember Georgia has an 8' tidal change so a few hours can make a real difference either way. 

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We saw lots of dolphins all day. The super calm water made it so easy to spot them all around us. Really, there were times when we would see 3 or 4 groups in every direction around us at the same time! You see now what I mean when I say we can see them swimming specifically to us. This kind of shot is so hard to get because they are racing to get to us so quickly. 

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That same dolphin is here swimming along at our bow. 

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We passed by the submarine base again. Though this time there was actually a sub being worked on. And, of course, the patrol boat too.... 

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At the end of the day we docked in at Fernandina Harbor Marina. This shows you how close the trains are here. I took this picture from the fly bridge. The trains come through here quite a few times a day and they move very very slowly. It's a good thing. The tracks bisect a busy intersection for both cars and pedestrians. 

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This was the evening sunset.... 

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We'll be staying here 2 nights. Time for a little down time.