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

March 23, 2014

Mar. 22 - Fernandina Beach, FL

Fernandina Harbor Marina Mooring Field

“The most dangerous risk of all - The risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.”

We're back in Florida! It seems a little strange...as we walked around Fernandina Beach this evening it felt like we were just here…and it's been three years.

We woke to grey skies and expected to get rain part of the day, but what we got was a mix of sun and clouds. One minute we'd be cold and the next we would be warm...by the time we arrived in Florida we had a beautiful sunny day. We picked up a mooring ball, relaxed a little and then took the dinghy to town. Fernandina Beach is a cute little town. It has a quaint downtown area with lots shops and restaurants. We could tell it was spring break (and Saturday)...there were people everywhere. It was a lot less crowded the first time we were here. We wandered through a few shops and then had dinner at a Mexican restaurant called Peppers.

We passed more friends going north today...we were hoping we'd get to visit with Jim and Betsy on Smiles before they returned to Isle of Palms in South Carolina...we missed them in Florida by one day. We are going to miss seeing a lot of people this summer, since we seem to be doing things a little backwards this year. Oh well, there's always next year. We had another relaxing night on the boat watching another beautiful sunset.

Still very flat and open...we can see forever!
White pelicans having breakfast at low tide.
A Black Skimmer...can you tell the top from the bottom?
Jekyll Island Club...one of our stops in 2011. Hopefully we'll take time to explore here again on our way north. Click here for details.
Cumberland Island State Park...we spent a few days here in 2011 exploring this wonderful spot. Click here for details.
Our view of Fernandina Beach from the mooring ball.
One of the beauty buildings in Fernandina Beach 
The welcoming committee at the marina