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

April 20, 2014

April 19 - Astor, FL

Blackwater Inn Dock

"There is nothing—absolutely nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."  —Kenneth Grahame

We had a very short trip today...less than two miles around a few bends in the river. We moved from our quiet anchorage to the dock at the Blackwater Inn, a restaurant on the river that allows docking if you dine with them. They also provide water and electric so a small fee. We were getting a little low on water and decided to pay the fee to fill up and give our batteries a chance to fully charge up. The dock was fun, we had a large pier with a gazebo and we were just steps from lunch. But we also had the noise from the near by bridge. It seemed loader than other we've docked by...I guess we noticed it more since we've had such quiet anchorages and docks lately. We have really gotten use to the quiet night with only the birds and frogs to listen to.

St.John’s River Tours leaves from the other side of the dock and we had fun visiting with tour guest and the captain. It was also fun to watch the activity on the river from our flybridge. The majority of the boats on the river our pontoon boats, party boats, I call them. Some are fixed up with little kitchens, bars and grills...a fun way for people to spend a day on the river.

The Pearl at Blackwater Inn
Looking down on The Pearl from the deck of Blackwater Inn 
Our view from the deck
Looking at the Blackwater Inn from the bridge

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