Fernandina Beach, FL to Jacksonville, FL

We stayed in Fernandina Beach for 3 nights because we had heard what a lovely place it is and we really wanted to check it out. Unfortunately, the first day was kind of yucky becuse it was cold and rainy, yet again. We walked around town a bit and explored. It really is such a great town. Lots of shops and more restaurants that we though possible. We had dinner out all 3 nights and enjoyed each one thoroughly. The weather improved a bit each day we were there but most of the time it was quite windy.

Another cool "thing" happened while we were in Fernandina, an impromptu Krogen rendezvous happened! We've been told that whenever 2 or more Krogens are together in a marina it is considered a "rendezvous"....so... since we had 3 boats docked in right next to or across from one another, we declared it an official "rendezvous"! We had (us) "Silver Bay", "Serenity" and Chez Nous" all at the end of the dock together. We did a little cocktail thing on our boat and had ourselves such a great time!

Here we are..... well, most of us. MiJong graciously took the picture so you have to just imagine her there... and, sorry Bunny, your jacket had a logo that reflected so I did my best amateur job to fix it.

Then, the next day, not very long after "Serenity" had to move on.... (oh yes, you guessed it!).... Aquila came sliding along and docked in right along with us. The rendezvous was slightly redefined but continued the following night, when we all went out to dinner and had another wonderful time getting to know one another. As the newbies to the "group", we had such a great time! We had never experienced an impromptu waterway "rendezvous" before. The dock people kept referring to us as the "Krogen dealership" that's how we looked!

(sorry, I was having so much fun, I forgot to take a picture. For shame!)

The following morning, we all slid on out around 7am to move on our merry way. This was the beautiful sunrise.....

And here is how beautiful the day was....

with "Chez Nous" just ahead of us in the morning light....

Aquila and Chez Nous were off to St. Augustine and we stopped in at Jacksonville for the time being. We are stopping here to fly home for a while and do the holiday thing, among other "stuff". We will be back sometime after the New Year to continue on our great adventure.

Until then, my friends, we wish one and all Happy Holidays! We will see you sometime in the New Year!

Brunswick to Fernandina Beach, FL

We were very excited today anticipating that we were finally going to enter warm and sunny Florida! We did another ocean run and the conditions today were even calmer than they were a couple of days ago. The day started out mostly cloudy and a touch foggy but as the day progressed, it warmed up and cleared up. We actually spent the latter part of the day outside (yes!) on the flybridge for the first time since we can't remember when.

I was facinated by this shrimper in "working mode" because the birds just came from every direction and overcame the whole area around the boat. This boat's name was "Captain Jack".

We saw lots and lots of dolphins today. Since it was so incredibly calm we could actually see them from great distances. Sorry, no pictures, they were too shy or far away to capture.

Here is an example of how incredibly calm is was today.. it was truly ike glass.

Here we are at the end of the day, coming into Fernandina Beach, FL. So far, Florida is definitely looking very nice....

Kilkenny Creek to Brunswick, GA

The new day brought a beautiful sunrise.  We experienced ice on the decks for the first time. Though we are grateful that it is sunny and clear, doesn't anyone know we are trying to move SOUTH where it is supposed to be warmer?  Something is definitely wrong with the weather around here.....

Our plan today was to go off-shore (what we call an ocean run). The seas were supposed to be less than 1' and winds less than 5knots. That sounded perfect to us and, indeed, it was just perfect. The ocean run saved us at least 1 1/2 hours in travel time.And it was dead calm the entire time.

The only company we had was a few shrimpers....

And our friends on "Bagheera" with whom we have been travelling a few days now. The have a stunning boat, a Grand Alaskan....

We passed the St Simon's lighthouse:

And St. Simons, GA:

And Jekyll Island, which I have decided is a beautiful island I'd love to explore someday.

We passed under this lovely bridge, the "Sidney Lanier Bridge", all of 135 feet high.

As we make the turn into Brunswick, we see some rather large company at a dock just before our marina.

As we relaxed and enjoyed a nice evening in Brunswick, I grabbed this shot of the sunset on our first night...

We walked around Brunswick a bit. Here you see the City Hall.... Brunswick is a very quaint town, but I would hardly call it a "city", maybe they should rename it the "small town hall"....

And, finally, the even better sunset on our second night in Brunswick....