|We passed these guys on our way south. I would imagine that you’ve noticed our very mature senses of humor, but if not, this should clue you in. We were cackling.|
We headed south from St. Augustine to Daytona – and while the ICW does not offer nearly the opportunities for land excursions that we’d hoped for, Daytona was worth the trip! We spent 2 nights in Daytona – technically, near the Ponce Inlet. The first night was in a quiet, but not empty anchorage. Once we were comfortable with the setting of the anchor, we threw the dinghy over, tossed the dogs in and headed for a small strip of beach. There was another family there enjoying the little beach and Libby headed over and made herself at home. They were sweet and played with her. Just goes to show how little interaction we were all having with strangers on the trip – Libby is not a very social dog and she just trotted on up without the least bit of intimidation.
The next morning we pulled up anchor and headed out the Ponce Inlet. If you remember from back in the day of the delivery, this inlet was a bugger. It’s really shallow in areas, but it turns out that if you just take the time to follow the channel markers (and have a chart plotter that you trust) you really can get in and out safely. When we headed to the fuel dock, I drove, and when we left the inlet and headed into the ocean the next day, Mark drove. That gave both of us the opportunity to motor through a previously sketchy area without any issues. Nothing like a good dose of building the confidence up!
From Ponce Inlet we headed north to St. Augustine inlet. Another area thought to be pretty treacherous. There are jetties and sand bars and a pretty ripping current in the channel. We’ve heard that a lot of people actually call Sea Tow to come and escort them in the channel. Mark just called ahead to verify the depth and ask for any suggestions. They said to just follow the markers and favor the red side. We did that at first, but thanks to the crashing waves on the red side, ended up heading straight down the center (it’s a wide channel) and came out unscathed. It’s such a relief to come through each event.
The next post will be all about our next 2 nights in St. Augustine – where we hung out for Christmas Eve and then headed on North to Fernandina (for a knee-shaking night that made us rethink this whole boating nonsense).