Friday, March 31, 2017

Bye bye Jacksonville – Hello Fernandina Beach

Our view from the mooring field

In typical fashion, it’s difficult to sit still while docked at a marina but here we are in Fernandina Beach.  This area was severely impacted by Hurricane Matthew and the marina, fuel docks and pump out facility were destroyed.  The owner opted to not rebuild, therefore we are on a mooring ball for the weekend.  And IT IS WINDY!!!  But we are safe with our traveling buddies Mike & Karen on Tranquillity III.

We waited for a train in downtown Jacksonville
 A little recap while in Jacksonville at Ortega River Marina:

We were so excited to see a former colleague and his wife, Doug & Becky. Such a nice visit and it’s so nice to know they are home in Jacksonville!  Charlie & I shared the adventure of public transportation and it was an eye opener!  But we are learning that public bus routes allow us to see random acts of kindness! And to overhear the bragging rights of jail time…the spectrum is wide!
We (Karen & I) walked a 4 mile loop and fell in love with the homes and neighborhood…sorry no pics!  And the usual chores…grocery, West Marine, laundry.

Tranquillity III
Today (Friday ) was quite windy but we were ready to travel so Mike & Karen joined us.  The fluid plan is to be in Charleston SC around Easter.

In closing, here’s a little scary fact of the general public:

Thursday evening we (Mike, Karen, Charlie & I) stopped at a local spot for dinner – it was Fish Taco Thursday! Our waiter/server sang through the beverage/meal specials…

Him: Until 7 we have 2 for 1 blah, blah, blah…

Mike: So that’s the same as buy one, get one free?

Him: Well…ummmm…almost

Yes, ladies & gentlemen, proof positive that common sense IS a super power and not all who walk among us possess it.  Don’t allow your children to leave home without it!

On a serious note, the wildfires in the area (you may hear about on national news) are about 5 miles from us. We can see the smoke on the horizon.  Of course, we are on the water in no danger.

Have a blessed Friday….and Go Lady Bulldogs!!  Yes, we will be watching!!

Evidence remains from Hurricane Matthew

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