|Bye Bye St Augustine....for now....|
As planned...we left St Augustine 3 days ago & yesterday afternoon we arrived at our stopping point for hurricane season, Green Cove Springs Marina. It's a bit depressing. Before I start whining let me say a few positive things. The marina staff is outstanding & they do whatever they can to accommodate your needs. The prices for mooring balls, long term storage, etc., are extremely affordable...some of the cheapest in Florida. There are so many boats here that things seem to run very efficiently. Here comes the whining. I hate it here. I guess I was expecting something different after all the great things we've heard about this marina. 1st of all...It is not a marina. It's a boatyard. A nice one...as far as boatyards go....there are showers & a laundry. It's loud, busy, not in walking distance of any stores. There are tons of mosquitos too. We are now in the St John's River & the water is gross. It's brown & stinky. I'm glad we're pulling Malaika out of the water & she won't have to sit in this river while we go home. (to be fair...the water in the ICW & other rivers we've stayed in, is brown & stinky too...I just miss the crystal clear water of the Bahamas...spoiled.) Let me give you a 360.
|One view from our boat...not too bad!|
|Turn your head slightly to the left and.....|
Ok...a 180 instead of a 360. Who cares. After realizing that having a car here in Green Cove Springs is crucial we made arrangements to pick up our hooptee (piece of crap car) from St Augustine. Our good friend Greer drove 40 miles round trip to help us out. Thank You Greer!!!
|1st stop...Auto Zone to find a fuel filter.|
Once we got back home it was time to get to work. The next week we will be prepping Malaika to live without our constant supervision for a couple of months.
|Starting to remove our sails. Stay sail...done.|
|Bye bye main sail....you made us proud.|
|Dang.....almost naked. :(|
While Scott worked on the outside, I started on the inside. We have to basically tear the boat down & clean every surface before we leave her to face the elements without us.
|Breaking down the Galley.|
|Every nook & cranny|
We have about a week's worth of work ahead of us..then road trip to Arizona with a side stop in Memphis to visit family. It hasn't been all bad. Enjoy some pics from the trip up the ICW.
|Flagler College in St Augustine|
|Passed this guy on the ICW...he started rowing in Key West....headed to St Augustine. Wowza.....that's a LONG way.|
|Pretty Florida ICW|
|The view from our boat in a random anchorage headed towards Green Cove|
|We don't share these waterways just with other sailboats!|
And now...The Bridges Of Northern Florida ICW (Intra-Coastal Waterway)
|One bridge after another.....|
The next week will be filled with chores and then...the reward...heading home to see family & friends! Woo Hoo!!! I'll miss my Malaika though. Can't wait for November when we head back to the islands.
Love, Michelle, Scott & Jib