"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
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February 17, 2016

Feb. 17 - Jacksonville, FL

Ortega River Marina

“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow" —Lin Yutang

It felt like coming home when we came through Jacksonville...we spent a lot of time here in 2014. Hopefully this visit won't be as long, but it is a good place to catch up with friends and do a little work on the boat. It's also a great place to leave the boat when we go back to Texas for a visit. It's a straight shot down I10 from here to Houston and then south. We've made that trip 23 times in the last five years.

We don't know exactly when we'll go home, probably next week when we've had time to put a coat of Cetol Gloss on the bright work and when we've had time to visit with friends we haven't seen in a couple of years. The cruising world gets smaller and smaller the longer you're involved in it. We saw friends in almost every city we visited on the way north this month. It's always fun to catch up with old friends and make a few new ones.

Jacksonville will be our home for the next 6 weeks or so...we plan to stay in Texas until after Easter and then slowly head north the first part of April. We are looking forward to crossing the Florida/Georgia state line...we've been in Florida for two years. Definitely time for a little new scenery and more adventures.

Old friends from Charleston...Sandy, Rickey, Maryann, George, Susie and Stan
The Pearl's home for the next 6 weeks
The marina's new deck, pool and bath house
The view from the marina's new deck area...overlooking the docks.
Stan touching up some of the worse spots before we put a coat of Cetol Gloss on all the teak.
View from the flybridge at sunset
The baskets I've been working on this winter. This one is 8" across and about 3" high
This cute little one has a lid and is 4" across and a little less than 2" high.  
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