June 6,2015

We left Savannah at noon today.  Skies were beautiful and more memories were made with family!  To be honest, I was a little nervous because I thought the crossing over into Savannah River was going to be pretty full of large tankers etc. It took us five minutes  today to cross the savanna River and we laughed over my angst. The entire trip was just beautiful with blue skies billowy clouds and A lot of joy experiencing the inland waterway along the Georgia Lowcountry. Along the way we passed Daufuskie Island ,where we almost settled, and things looks beautiful from the water. We then crossed into the Hilton head area and enjoy the large homes from the beautiful Port Royal Sound , which was the staging point for the SeWe left Savannah at noon today. Skies were beautiful and more memories were made with family! To be honest I was a little nervous because I thought the crossing over into Savannah River was going to be pretty full of large tankers etc. It took us five minutes today to cross the savanna River and we laughed over my angst. The entire trip was just beautiful with blue skies billowy clouds and A lot of joy experiencing the inland waterway along the Georgia Lowcountry. Along the way we passed Daufuskie Island ,where we almost settled, and things looks beautiful from the water. We then crossed into the Hilton head area and enjoyed the large homes from the beautiful Port Royal Sound , which was the staging point for the Seige of port Pulaski in the winter of 1862. In the late 1861, 77 ships were brought from Washington to start the blocking of the southern ports. Charleston and Savannah were the primary ports for the blockading. It is really rewarding to see these waters first hand and see what the troops must have experienced from the water. This happened in January and it must’ve been freezing. Today was very humid and definitely not freezing!

We passed byThe Marine basic training compound Parris Island. We commented on how hot it was and how hard it would be for basic training during today’s weather. We approached Beaufort sc with dark thunderstorms looming and again had to race to beat the storm.this time we were not totally lucky being able to tie up in dry weather. There was lightning thunder and the beginning of rain as we tied up and winds were strong however different people from adjoining boats raced  to help us tie up and we watch the rest of the storm safely from our cabin. After walking to town when the rains ceased we found a great restaurant called Q and enjoy a wonderful dinner of brisket barbecue and blackened shrimp. The southern green beans are to die for! 

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Fortunately the food on this trip has been amazing! I am trying to figure out how to label the photographs I submit but I’m trying to put them in the correct order. Our plan is to leave Beaufort early and hopefully arrive in Charleston at a reasonable hour , before thunderstorms!!!

June 4,2015

We left Kilkenny on a high tide wanting to be sure to pass through Hellgate, a short but shoaling passage heading into the river system leading to Savannah.  This was great as the lowest water we had was 8’and change.  The scenery along the way was breathtaking…low counry beauty! With only overhead clouds seeming to want to rain on us  but never doing it, the day seemed like a bonus and we made it to Savannah Yacht Club by noon!  Visiting family is always great here.  We were able to see our sister in law, nephew and family, and generations of graves in beautiful Bonaventure Cemetery.  There is no doubt that God’s handiwork expresses His love for us in this beautiful place!  Staying through the 5th has afforded us to see folks without being rushed.  Duncan’s great great grandfathers house tour was a highlight as well as the beautiful weather we had while here!  We are off to South Carolina tomorrow! 

                                     

June 2 late afternoon

Wehad a delightful trip from Fernandina Beach Marina to our present spot in Brunswick Georgia! We crossed into Georgia around 9:30 AM and had to watch our depth ferociously as we had heard many different people talk about the depths of water in the Georgia waters being skeptical. We actually are staying at the cutest place in Brunswick called Hidden Harbor Marina. It is given that name as we had to go down a creek where we had 3.3 feet of clearance which was a little scary but we made it. We are expecting to be in Savannah tomorrow night,where we will be with our nephew and his family and our sister-in-law Joan. We’re excited to do that.  We  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 have a big day ahead of us to make it on time but we can do it. I will add pictures of our ride from Fernandina Beach Marina. Our weather has been exciting because we keep beating storms and making into Safe harbors safely!Edit

June 2

fernandina beach marina 

A wonderful town…pastel colored buildings with many different types of shopping and restaurants.  We only had time to experience the latter! We ate at a wonderful restaurant called Crab Trap in which we had a great fisherman’s platter with grilled local fish at wonderful deviled crab etc. We truly enjoyed it! We raced i port to beat a storm and we managed to tie up dry. However after dinner was a different story we had to race back to the boat in a huge downpour with lightning and thunder in the rest of the evening. In the morning we fueled up as it was a very easy location to do so and headed out by 930. We crossed into Georgia waters and have Glass like waters and a somewhat cloudy sky with predictions of possible late afternoon thunderstorms again. I will post some more pictures again of today and let you know where we stop tonight. It is fun not having a schedule we just know we have a goal!Edit Edit

        

Continuing May 31…

Morning broke with thunder showers keeping us in bed…but we made it away by 7:50 am anyway.  The water was calm, flat and the sky was an inviting blue. All in all it was a perfect day in which we decided to keep going and stop at Palm coast which is about 25  miles north of Daytona Beach.  We must have commented 100 times how beautiful this area is in Florida.  Fishing abounds and the number of small beaches off islandS or along the coast are amazing. It is a delightful place to think about raising a family.  This part of Daytona Beach is different from the crowded beaches but the area south and into the waterway near the city was crazy with fast boats, wakes and many small and large craft enjoying a beautiful Sunday!  We had our racing dolphin pals again…today there were three! Passing through the bascule bridges reminds us of Mystic’s.  From palatial mansions to great looking motor home parks, today’s drive gave an unusual variety of living accommodations!  Hope you are able to access all our photos.  We are truly enjoying this decision to bring Bucket List back to CT.  Enjoy your evening!  FYI…notice the photo of Aphrodite from Watch Hill which passed us south of Daytona on her journey back to the Ocean House!  Small world! 

                   

May 31,2015…posting today for the 30th too!  The time does get away from us!  

We moved from Ft Pierce City Marina to Cocoa Village Marina which took 7hours 10 minutes.  Starting out the weather looked great but as verified with radar a rain shower moved in…and our enclosure up top kept everything very dry!  The remainder of the day was beautiful.  We had one more downpour, but a quick zip up is easy!  Mild winds and sunny skies prevailed which gave us another delightful day.

We had following Dolphins slapping in the chase beside us again.  Pelicans diving for food and surprisingly fewer boats than expected.  A perfectly delightful day ending it at Thai Thai for dinner to vicariously celebrate with Andrew and Ari 6 years of a great marriage!  The restaurant is in the quaint historical village of Cocoa.  The could house many tourists for the shuttle launches during those days. A cute place to stop and browse but our time was needed to rest for an early start on Sunday.  

           

May 29 continued…

We made it to fort pierce fl tonight.  Blessed to have such a great marina!  Had rain starting out this am, I got some good piloting hours under my belt and at the “fork” where the ICW goes south or north…a mixup of boaters I definitely relinquished any authority!  Some speeders but mostly strong winds, tides,etc. added to the confusion!  We slowed down, let everyone do their thing and headed North!  Equipment is good and hope you get a word picture of our day through the pictures to follow!  Will continue tomorrow…early Happy 6th wedding Anniversary to Andrew and Ari!