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Jul 13, 2017 - Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island Florida

Fernandina Beach, What a wonderful, old town. Very interesting history, 400 years under 8 different flags...the French, the Spanish, the English, the Patriots, the Green Cross of Florida, the Mexican Rebel, the Confederate and the United States. The historic district is a 50 block area and is recognized on the National Register of Historic Places. Founded in 1811 and names for King Ferdinand VIi of Spain. In 1853 the Florida Railroad was completed and brought tourism to the town. The train depot, now the Amelia Island Development Council,...

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Apr 20, 2016 - Really headed home!

As usual, our plans didn’t work our quite like we expected. First let me say, we loved out five days in New Smyrna Beach. We celebrated our 51st anniversary at The Corkscrew, which is a fun restaurant with wonderful food. Our friend, Greg Edwards, stopped by for a very short visit on the way to his boat in Stuart, FL. The windy weather didn’t stop us from doing anything while we were there. However, the windy weather made big waves in the ocean. Therefore, we left New Smyrna and traveled to St. Augustine in the ICW. As much as we wanted to...

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Mar 13, 2016 - Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

I spent the day on Amelia Island at the Concours. The weather was threatening rain most of the morning so they accelerated the judging so they could do the awards presentations before the predicted downpour. It was a great show with every kind of car imaginable, from fancy to funny. As part of the the awards ceremony, they introduced the judges who picked the winners. There were 113 judges from all over the world involved in the judging. Some of the one I was familiar with included Wayne Carini from Velocity's Chasing Classic Cars, Hendrick...

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2016 Winter Trek

Dec 3, 2015 - Fort Clinch tour

Date: December 3, 2015 Weather: mostly sunny Temperature: start 57º High 59º Wildlife count: Raccoon, White-tailed Deer, Bottle-nosed Dolphin Year List: 322 Birds: Osprey, Ruddy Turnstone, Brown Pelican, Willet, Forster’s Tern, Sanderling, Herring Gull, Laughing Gulls, Royal Tern, Sandwich Tern, Ruddy Duck, Parasitic Jaeger, Northern Cardinal Jon and Judy arrived around 10 this morning to join us for a day in Fort Clinch State Park. Our first stop was to walk the pier, a ½ mile pier, next to a rock jetty. Jon said that the rock was from the...

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Dec 2, 2015 - Boat Ride around Amelia & Cumberland Islands

Date: December 2, 2015 Weather: Clouds and sun Temperature: start 68º High 78º Wildlife count: White-tailed Deer, Bottle-nose Dolphin, Cumberland Island National Seashore wild horses, Raccoon Year List: 321; Life List: 512 Birds: Brown Pelican, Mourning Dove, Carolina Wren, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Eastern Phoebe, Northern Cardinal, Osprey, Ruddy Turnstone, Herring Gulls, Ring-billed Gull, Forster’s Tern, Laughing Gull, Caspian Tern, Black Skimmer, Sanderling, Sandwich Tern, Willet, Double-crested Cormorant, Savannah Sparrow,...

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Dec 1, 2015 - Arrival at Fort Clinch State Park, FL

Date: December 1, 2015 Tonight’s Location: Amelia Island, FL Campground: Fort Clinch State Park Mileage: End - 85632 Start - 85418 Total Miles for the day: 214 Weather: fog early, then partly sunny Temperature: start 60º High 78º Wildlife count: Year List: 319 Birds: Pine Siskin, Black Vulture, Great Tailed Grackle, Great Egret, Double-crested Cormorant, American Crow, White Ibis As it was foggy this morning, and we didn’t feel like cooking, we drove just across the I95 overpass and had breakfast at McDonalds. On the road by 9, the fog...

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Oct 31, 2015 - The weather and trip in the ocean were great, but we did have a problem.

Well, what a trip this has been…if it can go wrong, it has!!! Well, maybe not everything. We have had wonderful, warm weather which made our ocean passage especially nice. We left Cricket Cove Marina yesterday at 0700 and motored out of Little River Inlet (our first passage out of this inlet). The inlet is great for daylight passages, but it has temporary, unlit channel marks between the breakwaters that would preclude a nighttime passage. We motor sailed, paralleling the coast as far as Winyah Inlet at Georgetown, SC. Then the wind came...

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May 16, 2014 - Home again, arrived 5/13

The last posting got us as far as Fernandina Beach, FL. We had a quick trip home from there. The weather was favorable to make the whole trip doing overnight legs in the ocean. Our ports of call were Charleston SC, Beaufort NC and then home. We got a good weather window with light south to southwest winds and no major weather fronts moving through. On the leg to Charleston, we made such good time that we had a leisurely sail to forestall arriving in the harbor and at the marina until there would be dock hands available to help get us into a...

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May 9, 2014 - Back to USA

As often happens since sailing and weather go hand-in-hand, we left Marsh Harbor with one plan and it quickly changed. Our original plan was to meet up with J&B in Fisher’s Bay off Great Guana Cay. The wind direction would have made that bay an uncomfortable anchorage, so we headed to Treasure Cay and spent two nights there. J&B had gone there ahead of us. Our new friends, Sandy and Schaef on board NightWind, were there also so we hosted dinner for all us the first night and NightWind hosted cocktails the next. While at Treasure Cay, Fred...

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Jan 9, 2014 - Fort Clinch

Our first camping was at Fort Clinch in our favorite campsite #8. It was cold at first and then it warmed up and we were able to go on some really nice hikes on a new (to us) trail system called the Egans Creek Greenway as well as the bicycle trails in the park itself. There were many examples of Florida wildlife along Egans Creek. As the sun came out, we walked along the beach just over the dunes from our campsite and there were mighty waves breaking beyond the long pier. On our second walk along the Egans Creek Greenway, we heard thunder...

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Jan 6, 2014 - Florida!

We had a leisurely morning on Monday and headed south from Fort McAllister in relatively warm (48F) weather for a short (<200 miles) drive. We tanked up with propane considering that the forecast was for really cold! We crossed the line from Georgia to Florida (The Saint Mary's River) around 1PM. After a quick stop at the Florida Welcome Center (and a glass of orange juice), we made our way to Fort Clinch through Fernandina Beach. We got our favorite campsite (#8). Anne ran off to the shower before the temps tanked and also did the laundry....

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Nov 12, 2013 - Single Handing from SC to FLA

Location: • Warwick: ICW Mile Marker 715, anchored in Fernandina Beach, FLA • Wendy: El Paso, TX Weather: Low to mid 70s (in both places) during the day; 50s at night (in TX) Boat Names: None to ‘write home about’ When Wendy left for Texas last Thursday to visit with Naomi, Jesse and granddaughter Amaia, we had the dilemma of how to get the boat down to Florida as she was returning to the Jacksonville airport. There was the possibility of having her change her return flight so she came back to Savannah, or to rent a car and pick her up and...

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