"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

March 18, 2014

Mar. 18 - Charleston, SC

Ashley Marina

Last weekend we made the rounds to our favorite places one more time. Friday was a beautiful day, so we spent the afternoon riding our bikes through town, eating a late lunch, watching people at the Market and soaking in the sights. We love this town and it might be a long time before we are back this way. Pearlz has always been our favorite place to go on Fridays for happy hour, although any day is just as fun. We met five other cruising couples there and had a wonderful time. In fact we had so much fun visiting that we planned a dock party for Saturday evening. We met at the Maritime Center Marina, where two of the other couples are docked...we shared lots of good food, stories and laughs. The best part of cruising has always been the people we meet.

We are one step closer to releasing the lines and moving south...yesterday we rented a car and moved our car to Jacksonville. It was a rainy cold day...not the best day to be on the road, but not a good day to be on the boat either. Our trip down in the morning wasn't too bad, we only had heavy rain when we got to the sunny state of Florida. We have friends that are in the area, so we had a nice lunch aboard Amalia before we headed back. It's always fun to run into friends. Our trip back to Charleston was slow...lots of traffic and rain. It felt nice to be back on the boat and relax.

Our plan is to leave Charleston on Wednesday and move towards the St. John's River in northern Florida. Once we get to Jacksonville we will drive home for a short visit. When we return to the boat we will spend a month or so exploring the St. John's River. After that...who knows!

Taking a carriage tour is one of the most popular things to do in Charleston.
They stay busy shucking oysters at Pearlz all evening long...not a job I'd want! 
Fun at Pearlz 
Dock party at Charleston Maritime Center Marina 
Shadow...a nice addition to our party 

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