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

April 15, 2014

April 14 - Seven Sisters Islands, FL


Barrentine Creek - Anchorage

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ―Albert Einstein

We seemed to be traveling back in time as we follow the river south. Leaving behind the bustling metropolis of Jacksonville, where cars and trains rush over the nearby bridges all night long. We are now in area that is a throw back to the riverboat era…were life is slower, more relaxed and less commercial, where the river and its banks are full of wildlife. Just past Palatka the river narrows considerably and is very lush, with only a few homes. We took a little detour off the St. John’s today. We went up Dunn’s Creek to Murphy’s Creek and cruised around Murphy's Island...this would be a nice remote anchorage and we may stay here on the way back. But today we decided to head a little further up stream to Seven Sisters Islands. Like the name indicates there are seven small islands in a cluster here and provides wind protection from any direction. It’s a beautiful and very peaceful anchorage.

After getting settled in we took the dinghy out to do a little exploring. As we meandered through Trout Creek and around the little islands we finally found a few alligators...four to be exact. On our way back we spotted manatees playing by our boat. They stayed close by the rest of the afternoon and evening. As we watched the manatees playing we could also see alligators swimming along the banks. What a wonderful place to just relax and take in the beauty of our surroundings. 

Part of Murphy's Creek
An Anhiga (Cormorant)...also known as a Florida Water Turkey 
The largest alligator we spotted today 
Exploring around Seven Sisters Islands
One of the manatees we saw today
The manatees playing by the boat 
One of our views from the boat today

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