Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year!!

We hope that everyone had a fun and safe holiday! We spent New Year’s Eve and day at a marina in Melbourne, Fl. We’ve been here a couple of times before and really like the town. There is a little Tiki bar at the end of the dock that serves good food so we went there for New Year’s Eve. Today we took our folding bikes into town. It is nice to have them aboard as they give us a chance to see some of the places that we stop at.

Since our last blog entry we have been making our way slowly south. After leaving Fernandina Beach the day after Christmas, we have stopped in two anchorages and a marina in St. Augustine. We always enjoy St. Augustine. We docked across from the old town. The dock master ferried us across the river for dinner, which was terrific and we took a cab back to the boat.

On our way south, we have gone under many bridges. Under most of them we just see concrete pilings, but in Daytona, they have boaters in mind, with these amazing mosaic images of sea life. It is very cool.

We caught up with our buddy boat friends, Norm and Vicki in the Titusville anchorage, which is just outside of Cape Canaveral, on December 29th. They came over in their dingy all decked out in party hats and they brought champagne! We had bought the 'world's best hot dogs' in St. Augustine. Each one weighed 1/4 lbs!! So, we had an early New Year’s Eve party where everyone got happy feet. It was great to see them again. They have gone on ahead of us again and we will hopefully start traveling together soon.

We’ve had some great weather since we’ve been in Florida. When we did this trip 2 years ago we were still wearing long johns, sweats and foot warmers in our sneakers well south of where we are now, so this is a welcome change.

Here are just a few pictures that we thought you'd enjoy. As we cruised through New Smyrna Beach, which looks like a lovely place, we saw a very small island full of pelicans. The kayakers were enjoying seeing them.

The next two pictures show why we are so concerned about tides and what they can do to boats if you don't pay attention!! The first boat is completely out of the water and on the mud. I'm sure they will both get off the bottom when the tides come in.