Sunday, May 13, 2012

Amelia island to Brunswick, GA

5/11/12. Cumberland GA We arrived early and anchored. Tides here are 6 to 7 feet, so anchorages are tricky. Our first attempt landed us aground briefly, but we were able to pull off the shoal. We went ashore with Duke to the National Park grounds and hiked through the beautiful canopied trail to the beach.

 One hundred fifty horses roam wild on the island, and one appeared and grazed on the dune grasses. We were able to get fairly close for some photos.

 After returning to the ranger station and sitting on the porch for a while, we dinghyed back to the boat. At 1845, Ron and Duke headed back to shore for their evening walk. They hiked to the ruins on the south end of the island and met 12 horses, including 2 foals there. It was nearly dark when they returned to the boat. During the night it was fairly windy with light chop hitting the boat, making a slapping sound which caused some sleep deprivation. (we have entered the land of green head flies, so we keep the boat closed with the screens open....these guys bite!)

5/12/12 We pulled out of the anchorage at 0900, heading for Brunswick, GA. Ron was hoping we'd see a submarine, but there were no sitings. We crossed St. Andrew's sound and it was very rough. This inlet is the most exposed to the Atlantic Ocean,other than Norfolk, so the swells really affected the crossing. After the crossing, the seas calmed down to moderate chop and we headed for Brunswick Landing Marina. Sherry, the dock master, gave the best directions we 've ever received for dockage instructions. Sherry looked and sounded like Berta on Two and a Half Men. I walked to a local farmers market and found good produce. We attended St. Francis Xavier Church and then went to dinner at Indigo(good food, reasonable prices). We biked around this historic town and took pix of the old courthouse and a tree, Lover 's Tree, which has grown in this town since before the US Constitution was signed.
5/13/12 Departed and headed toward Savannah. We will have at least one anchorage or marina before we get there.

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