Friday, April 16, 2021

St Augustine - at a dock


We arrive in St Augustine! Looks pretty full. 

Heading north to St Augustine, the only area of concern was Ft Matanzas but by favoring the shore a little more than last year, we found 10 MLLW. I will be editing the Bob423 Savannah to Titusville long track to follow the little deeper water closer to shore through there. Everything else was pretty routine. 

Remember the large restaurant just south of the docks, it is no more.

We had a forecast of rain coming in the afternoon and with a foul tide, we weren't sure we could make St Augustine before the rains fell. However, we just made it in time. The forecast is for more of the same for the next five days! With that, we decided to stay put until Wednesday and use the time to explore St Augustine which we missed on the way down due to the pandemic. 

I just had waterproofed the bimini, just in time - look at the beading!

Ann wants to shop at the embroidery store which has some fabulous runners for tables. It's a nice place to just walk around - provided there are gaps in the predicted rain for the next five days! 

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Bethune Park in Daytona - At anchor


Two dinghy docks!

It was a nice day to travel with full sun and warm winds. We passed through the two shallow areas at Ponce de Leon with no problems. The first one, by R18, had 7.8 MLLW and the second shallow area by R2 showed 7.6 MLLW, just follow the bob423 track for good water. 

Hoolie does enjoy his dinghy rides!

There are several places where the ICW turns are not obvious to those not familiar with the passage. At Ponce de Leon we had a powerboat pass us and headed north by R18 as if to go out the Ponce de Leon inlet. We proceeded to take a sharp turn to port to pass R18 and continue on the ICW. 

Pretty soon, we looked back and saw the powerboat slow down, turn around, and then proceeded to make the turn by R18. They never did speed up to pass us a second time. I see where that turn could confuse some people since there are red and green buoys heading straight too as if that was the ICW. If you don't know you're supposed to turn to port, you would just proceed straight ahead. 

Bethune Park has a very good and sturdy launching dock that's also good for dinghies. I took advantage of the docks for Hoolie relief - he enjoyed himself too. The anchorage was more crowded than I remember in the past but the place is so large that there's plenty of room for many more boats. We anchored in 10 feet of water and the anchor grabbed immediately. Judging from past experience, the anchor and chain will be very muddy in the morning - good work for our washdown pump. 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Titusville - Alligator and flowers


Right off "A" dock, where we are at

Florida is famous for alligators and flowers. We saw both today. The alligator was in the marina between dock A and shore. He wasn't doing very much, just lazing along. He stayed in the marina all afternoon, not moving very much at all. There was another, smaller alligator nearby but the bigger one chased him away. I don't think the divers want to go in the water anytime soon. 

Just a tree in someone's backyard

We went to the produce store and in the backyard was this beautiful tree covered in blue flowers. I've never seen anything like it, not even in Key West. I have no idea what it's called but it was stunning - just a tree in somebody's backyard. 

A closeup of one of the flower clusters

On our walk through Sand Point Park, there are plantings all around. This one in particular is in the photo and again, no idea of the name but it was likewise stunning. It's nice to just walk around and see such beautiful plants - not so much the alligator. 

Just a solitary planning in the parking lot. What is it?

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Titusville - In celebration of our stay in Titusville - a night out at Shilos


Here's to a happy time in Titusville!

Shilos is an experience in overeating. The helpings are huge and it's a very popular restaurant in Titusville. For the most part, it's pretty good. We had the seafood dinner. The shrimp were the best part of the dish and the fish was not bad. The french fried and onion rings are very good. However, when you've had full belly clams, the clam strips served in Shilos and all restaurants south of Branford, Connecticut bear no resemblance to the real thing. 

Nevertheless, we celebrated our stay in Titusville. We received our vaccine shots earlier than we would have in New York and the weather was warmer. We enjoyed the morning walks and runs in the warm weather and the other long term residences of the dock were fun to be around. Hoolie enjoyed the dog park, he could just run and run to his heart's content, a big thing for Hoolie. 

Wednesday will be a big day of last minute things to do. We'll get the last of the groceries and a few odds and ends from CVS. I'll top off the water tank. Today I applied waterproofing to the bimini for the first time in several years. There's some rain coming and we want a dry cockpit. It will feel a little strange moving again after so many months at a dock but it's time to head north. 

Monday, April 12, 2021

Titusville - After the storm


No room at the inn

We are starting to get into the summer thunderstorms, time to head north! It rained all day long on Monday. The dinghy is full and needs attention as does the bimini - it needs waterproofing. I have the treatment, it just has to be applied, a task for Tuesday. 

The marina outdoor meeting area is at the left, open air with grills

The sky is a deep blue, the winds are light and the air is warm. It's a nice after-the-storm day. Tuesday night I'll be my all-time-date out for one last dinner at Shilos. We'll have wine, food and discuss the meaning of life. Being in our 70s, we have all the answers (of course), but no one wants to listen?!

In the meantime, Titusville Marina is doing well as you can see from the photo. I think all the marinas in Florida were just about full for the winter. I heard that it's almost impossible to get a long-term slip anywhere south of Jacksonville. A lot of people are retiring to boats!

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Titusville - Red Sky at Morning, Sailors Take Warning

Red sky at morning, sailors take warning

 Awoke early this morning a took a look outside and found a glorious sunrise. I grabbed the camera and took a couple of photos. After the exhilaration of a beautiful sunrise, the realization set in on what it meant. The old saying goes, "Red sky at morning, sailors take warning", meaning bad weather on the way. 

The adage proved to be true!

Well, we certainly proved that adage to be correct. We had severe thunderstorms predicted from 8:00 am through 3:00 pm, all day long. There were a couple of small gaps which I used to take Hoolie out but otherwise, it was solid rain and thunder. The dinghy is full of water, a job for Monday to empty it one more time. 

At any rate, it was a nice sunrise but the rest of the day was kaput. 

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Titusville - Storms coming through


Storms rolling through

Storms are coming through tonight. It's been very dry for the last several weeks so we're due for some rain. We're looking to get that out of the way before we start our trip north on Thursday. We had a pigeon stop by for a drink out of our dinghy which had some rainwater in the bottom. It was apparently the only place for freshwater refreshment for the pigeon. I thought he was going to mess in the dinghy so I greatly discouraged the bird but he was not to be put off - he was thirsty! 

And, there are more to come!

I eventually gave up, it was just one bird, but later on, I emptied the dinghy of any rainwater. The pigeon still came back but had no joy. Meanwhile, the wind blows and the storms roll through. At least there's no lightning, just wind and some rain. 

We're hoping for good weather for the trip north but no weather forecast is good beyond three days per my experience along the ICW. You just can't plan beyond that window so you go with the flow - of weather.