We sure enjoyed our stay in Jacksonville but it was time to move and what better place to visit in the holiday season than St Augustine ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Augustine,_Florida ). You might be able to see the shoaling around the inlet from the ocean, always and area that deserves a little extra attention.
St Augustine Light is always a welcome site. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Augustine_Light )
Though we have walked through before we have never taken the guided tour of Flagler College. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flagler_College ) previously known as the Pnce Hotel ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ponce_de_Leon_Hotel ) . Sitting in the peaceful courtyard was just a perfect moment of relaxation….HIGHLY recommended.
The building and grounds are the former Ponce Hotel and are decorated beyond description! Yes those are Tiffany glass windows and chandeliers!
As always the highpoint of any port visit is the opportunity to meet up with family. Though my Great Uncle Wayne passed away last year we did get to see (L-R) Larry, Barbara, Annette, Anthony, JY, Pam
Carmen slaved in the kitchen for desert so how could we decline?????
We also had a lovely evening with the crew of S/V SeaSprite ( https://www.facebook.com/SeaSprite30/ ). Yes I missed that picture too!!! Obviously we departed St Augustine on the low tide, hence the channel mark laying on its side!!!
We have been dealing with an intermittent issue with out HAM/SSB Radio and two members of the Waterway Radio and Cruising Club ( https://www.waterwayradio.net/ ) stepped forward to help, one with a dock and another with technical assistance. Ridge was quick to determine I had installed a connector incorrectly. With that we were repaired and enjoyed a lovely evening with our dock hosts Jeanie and Bill telling sea stores well past cruisers mid-night!
We were in Palm Coast about 80,miles from Cape Canaveral but had a perfect view of watch the Boeing Atlas launch.
Jeanie came out to see us off! Thank you so much for the hospitality. We much appreciated!
As we headed north we knew we were going to have a good passage with a view like that!
I think the sunshine put everyone (thing) in a good mood because it was not long until the dolphins came out in force to play in our wake!
Ok, and the birds were singing too….I told you it was a great day!
Next time on up to the Cape and Cocoa Village!