|We found some new streets to walk in St.A|
|Cruisers Happy Hour at A1A|
We got in a little over an hour and it was glorious!
|We passed big flocks of white pelicans along the way|
|A rainbow heralded our arrival to the anchorage|
|We all settled on the deck to enjoy the balmy breezes and sunshine|
|Until a line of rainclouds began to drop their burden|
|Once the rain passed, the moon lit the scene|
We stayed in the cockpit until well after dark just watching the progress of the moon. We looked forward to the coming day in hopes that we could splash the long unused dinghy and revisit the white sand beaches that lie just around the bend... maybe get some sun on our pasty white bodies.
I did some baking... snicker doodles and a double batch of sweet cornbread. We cooked up a pot of ham and beans and enjoyed our shut-in day.
We pulled up the anchor and flipped on the radar. The visibility was maybe a quarter mile - if that - as we eased ourselves out of the sleeping anchorage.
|Looks like a STRONG current in our favor!|
|Radar on top and chart on bottom|
|We upset a flock of birds splashing on the water|
|The tide remained favorable all day!|
|We were passed by many power boats. Look at that brown water!|
|Long stretch of Fox Cut|
|More Christmas cheer!|
|Are we there yet?|
|Patchy fog with pockets of weak sunshine|
We passed beneath the fixed bridge at New Smyrna Beach and found disappointment. The anchorage was full of transient and derelict boats, leaving no room for us to anchor safely with enough swing room and depth.
We quickly settled between two other boats and made friends with our neighbor.
|Chicken Island to our north|
|Setting moon taken the next morning|
This was a lucky thing... although it probably would have been fine, the boat next to us didn't turn with the tide as fast as ours... we were about 15 ft away stern to stern when Bruce called me back up to move the anchor. So, in my jammies, I joined him on deck and we repositioned the anchor. Not difficult. The water was flat calm. We found a new spot a short distance away from our neighbor and went to bed... but not before enjoying the gorgeous moonlit night.
|More Christmas Cheer!|
|We rode across the bridge we had passed beneath the previous day|
odd fort. We parked the bikes and climbed around on the old walls, trying to figure out what it was...
I did ask him to take our picture though... :)
Thai Mango. I've been eating BBQ almost every meal out for months! It's my turn to pick the place and I want Thai!!! We biked down Canal street and found the little hole-in-the wall place, where we split a plate (thank goodness) and some spring rolls and both left there pretty stuffed. It was freshly prepared and divinely aromatic... I highly recommend Thai Mango if you ever get to NSB!
|More Public Christmas Cheer!|
|What bird is this???|
|Strange boat. Looks like he went under a bridge too low!|
|We found a tiny stowaway...|
Our upper lips were sparkling with the unaccustomed sheen of sweat. SWEAT! In December!!!
Just like that, we shed the months of living on the dock and found ourselves back in Cruiser-Mode.
|What ARE these birds?|
|Our shy girl even came out|
|Lots of lines to scratch feline chins upon...|
|We had three osprey all looking for the perfect roost.|
|Here she comes again...|
|Beautiful setting sun|
|Clear water, but a bit brown...|
Titusville looks like a cute little place to be... It seems impossible that only one week ago, we were having Thanksgiving back in Beaufort, SC. Now we have just just made a hop, a skip, and a jump but it feels like we're worlds away.