ICW From Daytona to Titusville Florida.

OM! Remember, I said I wonder what Sunday would bring? Let me tell you it was a perfect start to great day. We traveled from just North of Daytona to Titusville Fl.  I stepped-out on the bow shortly after Bryce pulled up anchor; it looked like it was going to be another crappy day. But to my surprise it was an amazing day. A bit overcast with clouds; I started to walk on deck. Then I turned and said to Bryce “Would you mind getting my chair out of the Storage bin?” He looked at me with a blank look on his face “you are going to set on the bow. Isn’t it to cold?” I looked at him with a smile and said ”Not today.” Incase you don’t know, our favorite thing to do is to sit on the bow and drink our morning coffee. Okay sometimes a beer too. It has been raining and a tad to chilly to enjoy our deck. But Not today Smile 

We had a catamaran that has been passing us off and on. They ended up anchoring just down the river from us. After we started on our way we noticed they were pulling up anchor too. We had 55 miles to travel to Titusville. It took us about 8 1/2 hours. They followed us halfway then took over the lead. As they passed us We asked if they were from Germany because of their German Flag (duh). The man smiled and said yes. We took each others photo and waved as they adventured onward. 

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So this is our first opening (Main Street Lift Bridge) Bridge for the day. We had a small wait but not to bad.

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If you notice there are serval more bridges we have to pass under two draw bridges within a mile apart.  The second one is now being replaced.  So Yah!! no second bascule bridge.

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Well, come to find out the Memorial Twin Bridges are under construction. We didn’t have to wait for another bridge. From what I understand The Daytona area along with a few other areas are replacing their bascule bridges with new bridges 65 feet tall.

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Look at this Beautiful photo.. I love it. This shows dredging along the ICW.. That should make all of us boaters happy. I know it does us.. given we are  5.9 deep.

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I really like their sign to direct boating traffic.

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The further we traveled, the dredging was on both sides of the river.  Good thing.. this area (Ponce De Leon Inlet area) has been shoaling.

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What a cute light house. I zoomed in to see it from the Halfax River. It’s The Lighthouse for the Lighthouse Boat Yard Marina

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I do believe this is were they are blowing the dirt out here.  I think it will become a new beach maybe.

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We also had a few locals pass us by on their daily run about. Look they have on warm clothes too.

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We are getting close to the Ponce de Leon Inlet. At first we were a bit nervous. Around 3 years ago we hit a shoaling area even with following Active Captain. It took a local couple to help move us away. However with the dredging it was 15 teen feet vs 6 feet Great job people.   

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We are smiling as we complete our turn towards the New Smyrna Bridge George E. Musson Memorial Bridge.

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New Smyrna Bridge George E. Musson Memorial Bridge. We had a 16 minute wait it was no big deal. 

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Near the New Smyrna Bridge George E. Musson Memorial Bridge is a huge sand bar. In the summer months this will be full of boats.

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Even the birds like to play on the sand bar.

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This young man id standing on a sand bar too.  Looks like the middle of the river! I spoke with him and asked him if he was cold. He said only where he is wet. 

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Finally The bridge opened. I was trying to figure out what was on the bridge. I will show you a close up.

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It looks like a winter blanket. Maybe they just painted it and it needed to keep it warm.  Who knows..

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After we passed under the bridge I got a sweet tooth.  Looking at this pontoon boat headed North.

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Awe… Looks like father and son out enjoying their day.

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They might be trying to reach these kayaker too they are only about 500 yards away.

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What a way to enjoy your day fishing and kayaking. Doesn’t he look relaxed? 

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We are coming up to the Harris Saxon Bridge; clearance is 68 Feet

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After we passed under the bridge I noticed this grounded boat was still here from our last visit here.

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Cayluna Laboe took the lead again..

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Back on the bow.. only a bit cool.. I had hats and jackets made with our blog & boat name.

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They are very warm jackets. This was out anniversary gift to each other.

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Well as we cruised the now Indian River; we are cruising the New Smyrna area. We just loved our last visit here about 8 months ago. We anchored just south of the bridge by the channel marker. We went into town and had a delicious dinner. They also had an old time car show going on. I was so much fun. Just south there are more boats. Blue play? I think. I wonder how much longer it will be there? Where are the owners?????

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Okay If you don’t read and follow the No wake sign, this bird will poop on your boat! Smile 

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We saw dauphines playing.   Even a few baby ones.  This is an adult.  The little ones are so small.

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Boy let me tell you the Indian River is very long.

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How much to you want to bet this is a poopy area. Smile

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I want a stand up board! But the question is: would I use it. I think so.

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Here is yet another maybe permeant vessel. What a name. 

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Look just like children these dauphines are have fun.

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This big guy (Dolphin) was having a hoot of a time.

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I was being entertained by the wild life. Pelicans are my favorite bird down here.  Bryce says, “only a mother could love that face”.

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Bird on a post drying their feathers. These are diving birds and we all ways see them drying out.

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We were taken over by Peregrine they seemed like a nice people.

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We came upon the Haul-over Canal Bridge.  We had a train of three sailboats.

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23 feet clearance Don’t think any of us could fit under.

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I call him “Bashful” he looks so shy 

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We could help but noticed this vessel I call it the stinky boat. It smelled like a dozen out houses put together. 

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Even after he past by her scent lingered on.

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Well look at that. We made it to Titusville We anchored on the other side of the RR bridge.

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Bless this man. We have a date with another couple on shore.  Steve and Judy; they are a couple who live on their boat. They Cruise all over The ICW. I think they have been on their boat 16 years now. Any ways, I got side tracked.  Bryce tried to start the little motor and without fail, it would not start. About a 1/2 hour or so he got her started.  We were able to keep out date.  Bryce said the egine was hydro-locked with oil and the float bowl was filled with oil from the engine setting on its wrong side.

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He guided us into Titusville city dock by dingy after clearing out the engine.

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We just found out that Steve and Judy just celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary: Congratulations. You are a special couple. We had a fabulous time as always.   Till we meet a gain safe journey & Merry Christmas

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We almost had a hitch-hiker on our way back from a lovely dinner.

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What a great day it was. Thank you for following us. Red rose

A Friday and Saturday Cruise of the ICW

Well, we made a decision to forgo several stops to make it to Marathon Florida Keys for Christmas. We should be able to make it as long as we get some time on the Atlantic. You know I will keep you all posted. Smile Our journey along the ICW as been slow. One thing you must remember is now we have to adjust to the tides and currents. OH.. for you who don’t know the ICW stands for Intra-coastal-water.   It’s like a river that flows between the land that protects you from the open waters of the Oceans. We have ants in our pants..LOL Bryce and I would rather continue along our adventure then sit and wait for the weather to clear out in the open waters so we travel the ICW. Sometimes we can sail, but most of the time we are motor sailing. 

ICW to St. Augustine

I get so confused on how people can just walk away from there dreams and not be accountable to clean up there mess. I know they might not have insurance but it is not up to everybody else  to clean up after them. Okay that’s just Jane’s opinion.

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We are motor-sailing here. This is a fix bridge with the clearance on 65 feet. There are several of these along the ICW.

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There are all kinds of vessels that run along the ICW. This is an Army Corp of Engineers boat.   He appears to take care of buoys; but not sure ACOE does that. Buoy tenders make the channel for boats. Her name is “Snell”. They are very friendly; they waved to us as we passed by.

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Many of the homes had Christmas trees but my silly camera got a bit lazy and didn’t want to work.

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George was starting to stir he knows it’s time for us to anchor so he can play on the deck.

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St. Augustine to Daytona Beach

The following morning “Saturday” We had to call for an opening Crescent Beach Bascule Bridge. This bridge opens on signal. Bryce calls him/her on the VHF and request an opening. Most of the time they are very pleasant to speak to.

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This is a view of ICW heading towards Daytona.

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They have nice sandy areas I am sure in the summertime you would see people gathering here.

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Another person lost their dream “Abby Normal”

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Bryce was looking at Active Captain. I love flowers. for some reason these really hold there scent. I love walking out to the cockpit just to smell them.

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Well folks that is the end of our blog for the day. I wonder where Sunday will take us?

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Exchange Island to ICW

     Well, it sure has been cloudy. Today is Friday; it’s supposed to be a weather alert day here. There are areas that will be hit with 5 inches of rain. Looks like a dreary crappy day. But I will keep the sunshine in my heart. I saw my first glimpse of dauphins yesterday for the season. They always make me smile.  We are cruising the ICW till the Atlantic mellows out and gets good winds. 

     Bryce works till noon M-F, so in the winter time it gives us about 5 hours a day to sail or motor and sometimes we do both.  LOL.. Remember our Little Red Engine issues last January.. OM!  Just thinking about it, it was almost a year-ago. Anyways I just wanted to let you all know the new Little Red Engine is doing very well. She huffed and puffed and turned over like a dream.

This is me enjoying my favorite seat. I have the best view. Smile My feet were getting cold so I ended up putting socks on.

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As we moved along the St.John River, we could see the ships getting unloaded. The one below looks like the crates could get sweep off the vessel in a high wave action.

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LOL Every time I see the name Crowley, I think of the Crowley’s stores. I don’t think they are around any longer. But I did shop there.

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Okay something I haven’t done yet is take a cruise on a cruise ship. This is the “Carnival Elation” I’ll take a balcony room please..  

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This little “Wollochet” is kicking up some big wakes making dock boats rock like a mixing bowl.

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Is there a MOL(e) in this picture?LOL Smile

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OM… if you look close enough you’ll see this looks like a Mississippi river boat. She must be getting some work done on her.

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Well after we made it into the ICW we took anchorage. It was a great place too. About 300 feet off the ICW between two red buoys in about 19 feet of water.

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Jacksonville & Exchange Island, Florida

Good Morning Sunshine.  Our first night out anchored off St. John’s River was awesome, However; our second night which was last night was even better. After we arrived at Exchange Island there was only one more job to do. We had to hoist up our gen sail. The winds were so light it was the perfect time. Even at 61 degrees with the sunshine it was very warm. I felt like I could of had on shorts instead of long paints.

Well this is the start of our 3rd adventure. If I don’t post and you want to see where we are Trackmytour is kind of like our second blog. We track all of our anchorages and marinas where we stay. https://trackmytour.com/2p4qC

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As we motored up river we passed the Jacksonville Navel Air Station, planes and helicopters flew over our boat as we passed by. It was really cool. They even have a marina.

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he looked like he or she was going to hit our mast. Of course it was just an illusion.

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Go…. Navy! Both Bryce’s father and my Father served in the Navy on ships

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While cruising up river towards Jacksonville we also had to passe under a few bridges. Some were 64 feet clearance some were 75 feet and others we had to ask for an opening.  How about that; we passed our first Tow & barge for the season.

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I think that this sign explains it all. We are in Manatee area

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As we passed under one bridge you could see the next one in site. The brown arm up in the air is a rail road bridge called the FEC Strause RR bridge. Bryce called on channel 9 to okay our passage though the opening because the green light was missing and a train had just gone by. We could hear other vessels talking to the brdge operator.

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This Main Street Bridge. As you can tell it has to be open for us. It didn’t take to long either for them to open it. Do you see the naked head stay on Beauty?  That is where our genoa (sail) goes.

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With the few minutes to spare waiting for the bridge to open, I noticed The Christmas tree in Jacksonville Landing.

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Look…. doesn’t it look like an elevator? It goes up & down

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Yet another bridge. No big deal; this one we can go under…

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“Good to the Last Drop” We drink it every morningSmile

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Well this is Exchange Island on the Portside. We decided to take an early anchorage to put on our genoa. For those who don’t know what the gen is, it is our head sail.

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Halleluiah We Have Launched

Wow…We are back. After an amazing summer on Boatnicks, Now for a few fabulous months we will see where the wind takes us. It’s is funny I was actually a bit scared to leave Sailbeauty at Green Coves Springs, however; It turned out to be a nice place. It really isn’t just a marina but also a boat yard to work on your boat or they have what is called long term storage. We had her moved to the work area a few days before we arrived. Only to find a tad bit of a mess. Not due to Green cove Springs but to nature. One of our port side windows leaked so we had a bit to clean up. It never fails that I make more out of it than what it is. I freaked-out and cried a bit like a child with a broken toy. Only to find out after I cleaned the mess up everything was fine. Bryce buffed and waxed her along with two more coats of bottom paint.  Boy she sure does look pretty. I am not sure why but when we get on her I feel so young and alive. LOL Okay after 9 days of working on her and getting her ready for launch day she is ready.

This is our girl waiting for the crew to come get her ready for launching..

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John and crew first came with the long trailer to take her to the launch area. I’am smiling behind the camera Smile

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For thoses who haven’t seen this done it is a bit trickier then it looks. The alingment has to be perfect. We don’t want them to drop her.

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Even Patch is happy to leave. If I didn’t know better I would think she is smiling too.

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My honey is so so happy. Look at that beauitful wax job. Hey noticed how cold it is in Northern Florida?

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This is where they put us in. We had to wait a few hours for these two to repervision before they moved. It was a irriating to me. We checked our engines, repervisioned, put our main sail up prior to launching.  So Beauty was ready to leave and we didn’t have to hold anyone up at the launch pad.

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The crew here at Green Cove Springs are not used to launching boats stern first. They like their cuostmers to go in bow first which means we would have had to undo our two back stays.  It is much easier to remove the head stay.

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We are in the water with only an hour before sunset. We headed out and found a nice place to anchor about 10 miles away in St. John’s River for the night.

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Jacksonville, Florida

It’s wrapping up soon

Well we left St. Augustine a few days ago.  We sailed and did some motor-sailing on our way up the ICW. The closer we get to Jacksonville I began to lose my motivation.  Last night was our last night anchored out on Beauty till December.  I know I shouldn’t be sad but I am.  She has become part of my inner soul. I am going to be missing her terribly. With that said, we will be looking forward our new adventures in December 2018.  We will be making a trip or two down to Florida to check on her this summer.

Over this next week we are staying in a marina close to Green Cove Springs to dismount the sails.  All electric and nothing of any value will stay on her during storage.  I will keep you all updated this week.

As we sailed up the ICW towards Jacksonville we said our goodbyes to St. Augustine till next December.   These are a few boats on mooring balls.

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Winds were awesome so we put up our head sail.

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A dry dock for the Military vessels where the intra-coastal meets the St Johns Inlet.

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Looks like a mega-yacht is being worked on.

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A few other ships near by.

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What a pretty tug.  Its the Gregg McAllister.

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Spring has arrived in Jacksonville…Time for re-shingling.  We have been there; done that..don’t want to do it again…LOL

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The winds have been perfect to sail the ICW.. We reached 7.5 knots Awesome!!!

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I had to laugh I have never seen boats on a freighter not sure if they are imports or exports. 

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Up close and personal; I can’t make out the brand (make).

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This dry dock has a freighter getting repaired.

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Our last night anchored out on Beauty near Exchange Island.  About 8 miles from Ortega river.  Last anchor till December.  What a great night it was.  We had rain falling all night; washing the salt water off her before we hit fresh water where she’ll  get a good cleaning.

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St. Augustine, Florida

What a great place. We arrived here Day after we left Daytona beach. The first night we anchored just south of St. Augustine after we crossed the rapids of the Intracoastal Water Way.  That last time we crossed here 2 years ago we had a current pushing us to 9 knots. This was a different experience this year. The tide was high so it was quite flat; not much of a current. Well with that said, we arrived at our anchorage the same one that two years ago we wrapped our line around out keel.  I was a bit nervous. I just didn’t want to deal with that issue again. Well all that started well ended up well! No issues. We latter pulled up anchor and headed into the mooring field where we had mooring ball 7 reserved  in the North mooring. With a 20 foot depth. That is great with the 4 foot tide they have here. On Friday the winds piped up again.

Another sunken sailboat as we passed through another bascule bridge.

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I am thinking if any of you are in the market to purchase a new business this might be for sale.

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I had to laugh.. I think I might have the same photo from the first trip. I call this the bones house.

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I know this doesn’t look like much, but this is the area off marker 91-A where the rapids were. Last year we hit 9 knots here. This year not so much because of high tide. But this was a Goldschlager moment for Bryce and he doesn’t have too many of them. LOL 

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This is another place I thought was cool with the fishes head. It’s a B&B

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I started laughing and said, “Look Bryce, train tracks leading into the water.” LOL He replied “No silly those tracks are how they pull a boat in and out of the water”  Well they look like train tracks to me!LOL

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Okay we are on Ball 7, North mooring field as I said above.  As we were getting ready to go into St. Augustine a couple came over and started talking to us, Bill  and Rebecca from Moonlight Serenade.  We ended up making evening plans with them to come over after we came back from town. What a great night. Rebecca and I even WII (Wee) bowled. LOL It was a fun night.

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We had dinner at Harry’s Seafood Bar & grill.

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The next night, we ate at Probation Restaurant. I had the Blue Crab Pot Pie. It was very delicious.

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Okay, I found this out fit here. I really.. really want It. But I cannot justify the price so I go to the website and it’s down!!! That makes me so mad!!

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This is the outfit (Green one) isn’t it so cute?

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We once again ran into Mel & Brian from Ohio.  We ate at Scarlett O’hara. Well they are continuing on with their journey back up to Ohio. The next time we meet will probably be on Lake Eire this summer. Safe travels our friends  

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We  woke up in the middle of the night the winds once again has it the 22knot mark! We are planning on leaving on Saturday morning for our next anchorage. The winds don’t seem to be changing for the weekend.  We expect our anchorage to be much more comfortable than this mooring ball.

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A Windy Day in Daytona Beach, Florida

As we cruised up the ICW, we had seen on WindAlert and some of our other apps that we had winds coming in.  They expected to reach 40+ knots along with rain coming in so we decided to take shelter in a marina.  At first I was very excited.   By the time we reached the channel markers the winds had already stared gusting reaching 22 knots.  We pulled into the fuel dock and took on some fuel and I registered us for our slip H25.  After we settled into our slip we decided we would explore Daytona.  I was so disappointed!!   Yes, it’s Sunday. I didn’t know that nothing was open on Sundays. So we went back to the boat and called a taxi to take us to Daytona Beach area. Where are all the people? Daytona looked like a ghost town.

As we left New Smyrna we had to pass under this cute bridge. We timed it just right for its opening. We followed two other boats through.

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George for some reason didn’t want to climb under his towel.

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This boat hoist broke.

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yet another boat on shore. Looks like the sister of the one in the last blog.

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Well we settled into our slip a few hours later at H-25.  We backed in to assure our electric and air conditioning cables reached the box.

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We ended up taking a taxi to Daytona Beach. Our first stop for some pizza.  We have not had good pizza in ages.  It seems to be a problem getting pizza we like.  This place made quite good pizza.

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Bryce wanted to go on stage and sing Gilligan’s Island.. LOL.. But there was a fence blocking people from getting in the stage. Daytona was saved from hearing his magical voice…. 

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We wondered through the plaza and decided to get ice cream.  Not a lot of people here.

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I love the colors… There is hardly anyone around.

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It would be cool to heard someone play here.  They don’t start till May or so.

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My toes are in the sand but it’s hard pack sand. Kind of hurt my feet.

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A painting of Manatee is on the back of the staircase.. Pretty cool; Love the colors

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After eating the ice cream we had to talk a walk to burn off some of the calories we just ate.  The offshore winds were whipping up the waves.

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I found a small group of bodies  on the beach.

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Sure isn’t a lack of restaurants.  And they are open on Sunday.. unlike the city.

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We saw so many black headed seagulls.

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There seems to be a lot of repairs going on and a lot of missing buildings along the beach front.

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Cars on the beach… pretty cool. When we were on our honeymoon, this was one of our stops.  We drove our car on the beach.

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New Smyrna Beach, Florida

A few years ago we didn’t have the opportunity to stop here, so I thought it would be great to share this with you all. New Smyrna: what an ideal stop and awesome holding ground for our anchor.  We first sat on the bow of Beauty and truly enjoyed watching all the different types of boaters go past us. We took the jet ski out and did some exploring. There is a really nice dingy dock just passed the 65 foot bridge.   Although Irma came through in August 2017, we still see the catastrophic destruction along our journey in the ICW. 

Some of the docks are still in distress after Irma.

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I would rather replace my dock than my home..

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Homes are getting a facelift after Irma.

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More work to be done!

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They lost something out of the canoe.

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God bless America! That’s all I can say about this photo

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This is a cool area. They even have a boat hoist on the back side.  However, they are missing the boardwalk out.  Probably they dinghy out until the deck gets rebuilt. 

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Derelict boats from Irma damage. The ICW is loaded with this type of view.

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I sure hope he is a repair guy and not a robber!!!

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The Army Corp of Engineers is busy dredging the channels.

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We are enjoying the view from the top side as boats pass us by.

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We took the jet ski over to a huge sandbar in the inlet (from the ocean) that the locals enjoy going to.

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When the water turns dark that means it’s deeper.  This is near low tide.  When the tide comes in, the sand bar disappears.

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Bryce went back to bring the jet ski over to the center of the sandbar.

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A small Army Corp of Engineers freighter was coming into the inlet.

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This reminds me of a summer day in Michigan.  Lots of boats hanging out on the sand bar.

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This is the dinghy dock at Smyrna. Our jet-ski is my dinghySmile

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Reminds of sundial… Let the sunshine on me…LOL

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Another interesting memorial.

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Snake Alley is a bit close to the ground.  There was a huge car show downtown.

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When I see cars like this, I call them parade cars. I expect to see someone sitting in the back seat waving; with the queen wave of course.

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Bryce drove a jeep like this in the military.  This is an old Ford jeep.  Yes.. Ford made these.

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OM!!  I will have to stop here on our next trip… I had the best Atlantic Salmon I have ever had. It melted in my mouth and the flavor was out of this world. Darn my mouth is watering just writing about it. LOL

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Hornet.. Timmy this is for you!LOL

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Awesome antique cars.  Here is a bunch from the 30s.

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My next love.  This is an early 70s Bug.

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I can imagine all the fun in the bus..

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OM… how many of us can remember the good Humor Truck. Whenever my grandfather would hear the ice cream truck, he would dig-out his pocket change. Darn!! I miss him..

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My darn camera.. I had trouble with it focusing.. anyway this was a missile launch from NASA.

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Traveling The ICW North Atlantic Side, Canaveral

OM. I have totally forgotten how amazing it is to explore the ICW. As we pulled up anchor from the Cape Canaveral area we headed West on the Canaveral River to the ICW We had a few bridges to pass under. After sailing the Atlantic over the last week, the calmness of the rivers is quite comforting. It is a bit more challenging to navigate the ICW, but the scenery is so cool.

One of the first things we notices was these barges being pushed on shore using huge inflatable rollers.

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This sailor anchored just in front of the work area of the photo above.  Looks like they are getting ready for their day.

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This shows the long river connecting Canaveral Inlet to the Indian River ICW.

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Man, we could anchor near by and kayak this area.

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A Pelican is flying high with wings open…

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What a great branch to stand on for this diving duck.

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Well looks like someone for got their chair.  Perhaps it will end up floating down stream….

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Half way through the canal, we came to a bascule bridge.

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I swear his head turns as I move the camera… She is posing for me..

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I just cannot believe all the marinas along the Canaveral Canal.

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Looks like another Irma mishap to a boat that was perhaps a derelict to began with.  It’s right next to an expressway.

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Our view of a bridge over the ICW as we exit the Canaveral Canal.

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NASA where they assemble the rockets.

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This is another bridge that opened for us. The bridge says NASA on the side.  It connects the mainland to the NASA Space Center.

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Clearance of 22 feet and the Pelicans are standing guard for NASA.

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Just beyond the NASA bridge was a railroad bridge.  This is our first automatic bridge. It has flashing lights that tell you red stop due to a train is approaching and the bridge is closing.  It was flashing green for us.  Didn’t even have to roll in our head sail. 

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Looks like an Island is growing here.

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We entered a small channel that connects Indian River to the Canaveral Bay.  

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Along this cut I see another Pelican standing guard on this sign and if you don’t do Idle speed he will crap on your boat…LOL

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LOL I noticed this rooster going down for a drink.

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Okay he had enough.  Seeing the road, the obvious question is “Why did the chicken cross the road?”

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What a beautiful place to fish in. Two years ago when we traveled these path, there was a young men on a stand up board with his dog. Right next to him was an alligator. I didn’t see any this time.

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Along with cut was yet another bridge we had to have open for us.  It is really no big deal all the bridge attendants are very nice and we very rarely wait because we time the bridges.

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Just past the bridge is a park. Where people come to view the river.

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This appears to be an old Shuttle fuel tank with two solid booster rockets.

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As always thank you all for following us!Red rose