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

March 24, 2014

Mar. 23 – Jacksonville, FL

Ortega Yacht Club Marina

“The person who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.” —Dale Carnegie

Our cruise today took us down the eastern coast of Florida and up the St. John's River past Jacksonville and then into the Ortega River. This area of the Ortega River is very pretty with beautiful homes along the shore, each with lovely yards with azaleas blooming.

Ortega Yacht Club will be our home for the next couple of weeks. We plan to go home for a quick visit later this week…we need a family and Mayven fix and thought this would be the perfect time. When we return we will head further up the St. John's River.

There are quite a few boats in the area that we know...hopefully we'll be able to catch up with a few. We spent the evening visiting with Greg and Leslie from Amalia, they were one of the first cruising couples we met in 2011. It's always fun to spend time with them. Tomorrow we'll drive down the coast to visit with our friends on Amici.

A beautiful sunrise over Fernandina Beach
Cruising into Jacksonville
A few of the homes along the Ortega River
Leslie and Greg aboard The Pearl 


  1. We're thinking about doing the St. Johns River this year. So, it will be interesting to find out what you think. We've heard great things about this river.

    1. That's exciting...when do you think you'll be in the St. John's?