Sunday, October 26, 2014

Harbortown at Jacksonville - at a dock

The egret was here for the longest time - watching, waiting for dinner
We had a short run today down to Jacksonville and we even had a high tide so the shallow spots didn't slow us down. They are avoidable if you know the path, you just can't follow the magenta line along here - or even the middle of the channel in some spots without going aground. In three cases we were outside the channel as marked by the buoys and over grass according to the charts but we had plenty of depth. All the paths to avoid the shallows are listed on Active Captain in the comments section, I've added quite a few myself. After five trips, I recognize the critical spots visually as we approach them but I still check the latest comments on Active Captain.

Typical of kids anywhere - a boat to explore!
Arriving at Harbortown, we called Lee Fry and he came over for a visit along with his wife and son-in-law with his family. They had two small kids so off we went for a short cruise down the ICW on a beautiful afternoon. The two kids were like kids anywhere with a boat to explore, great fun.

We're only here for one day. On Monday we're headed for Fort Matanzas 40 Nm south for one day and then on to Marineland for a dock. The weather continues to be ideal, no rain and temps in the high 70's to low 80's, not hard to take.