We got up early this morning.
I really wanted to sleep.
Actually, I wanted to stay another night here in Daytona Beach but that wasn’t going to happen.
Sam had made arrangement to meet his friend, Bill Gillespie and his wife, Vicki, in St. Augustine today.
So, off we go.
Look how narrow this channel is from the marina out to the ICW!
Today was another very windy day.
It looks a little deceiving from the pictures but the wind was fighting against us.
But we kept moving on.
Sam called ahead because we had to have this bridge opened.
Unfortunately, only one of the sides opened of this bascule bridge and we had to squeeze through, fighting the wind and trying to avoid the outstretched piece that defied mechanics.
If the coffee hadn’t already fueled us alert then this sure did.
We were pretty much the only boat moving and even though I enjoyed the lack of traffic, the wind kept sane folks away.
Ah, to be sane!
Even though Sam rinsed the boat off at the Halifax Harbor Marina, it didn’t take long before the windows were salty again.
As the channel narrowed, we became somewhat sheltered from the raging wind.
Still no traffic as we moved along the Intracoastal Waterway.
There were some lovely homes with boat houses along the way.
There were also several condos right on the water’s edge that provided boat slips for residents who wanted them.
How convenient is that?
We did start to see a few boats that went out to check their crab cages.
But for the most part, we were on our own.
It was nice to have a break from the wind.
I wouldn’t want to be on the ocean side today!
Not only did we see a couple of crab pot boats but we saw a SeaTow boat and then some kayaks.
Just doing their thing.
Then we moved into an area when the channel widened.
And there’s the wind.
We continued gawking at the homes along the way.
There was a retaining wall on one side and the ocean on the other.
Now that’s a pretty sweet location.
There are so many bridges in Florida on the ICW.
And it’s still thrilling to go under them.
I am thankful again today that we aren’t a sailboat that has to wait on most of them to open.
We did make it to the channel to head off to River’s Edge Marina in St. Augustine.
Sam said it reminded him of flying the U-2.
The most challenging time of the trip is the very last part.
It didn’t seem like it was difficult to me.
I’m spoiled that Sam handles the boat so well.
We finally did make it to the marina and got settled.
Lucky for us, they put us on a T-head.
The highlight of the day was a B-52 reunion.
Sam and Bill were Air Force pilots together in the late 80s in Michigan.
Bill found us through our YouTube channel and reached out to Sam.
They were able to coordinate a meeting time and what a reunion it was!
Bill and Vicki travel the country in an RV on their own adventure.
We went out to dinner at Hurricane Patty’s right there at the marina.
It was a very fun, but very short night.
We are planning to stay only one night here in St. Augustine and then head to Jacksonville tomorrow.
Gotta be moving on…