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From the Space Coast, to the First Coast, to the Marshes of Glynn, plus a tropical storm

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We left Titusville after the Memorial Day weekend was over; we have learned (mostly) to avoid the ICW on any weekend, let alone a holiday weekend. From there, we traveled through what I think was the prettiest part of Florida’s waterway. It began with the haulover canal, where we finally witnessed our first official manatee sighting. There had been possible sightings in the marina at Titusville, but they were fleeting, and never became official. Actually, all our manatee sightings have been fleeting; they are shy creatures, unless you point a hose into the water. They will then come and drink from it, as they love drinking fresh water. This is, of course, illegal, and not to be encouraged, and so we haven’t done it. Nor should anyone. The haulover canal led to the Mosquito Lagoon, which was full of dolphins and birds, and apparently deep enough to sail, as we saw several boats sailing in it. Still, without local knowledge of just where those shoals lie, we chickened out of doing any of that. The next few weeks had us getting to St. Augustine, Fernandina Beach, Jeckyll Island, GA, and now Brunswick, GA. There were a couple of groundings along the way, but only temporarily, and in soft mud. There was also a brush with Tropical Storm Colin, who visited us in St. Augustine. We were tied to a dock at the time, and bounced around a bit, but were none the worse for wear. ┬áThe bridge count thus far, including fixed and opening bridges, is…..sixty-four!

early morning light, with Egrets, St. Augustine

early morning light, with Egrets, St. Augustine

Bridge of Lions, St. Augustine

Bridge of Lions, St. Augustine

Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine

Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine

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Once a hotel built by Henry Flagler (yet something else he built,) now Flagler College.

Once a hotel built by Henry Flagler (yet something else he built,) now Flagler College.

beautifully restored and maintained buildings in the old section of St. Augustine

beautifully restored and maintained buildings in the old section of St. Augustine

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the Lightner Museum, once a hotel built by...you guessed it, Henry Flagler

the Lightner Museum, once a hotel built by…you guessed it, Henry Flagler

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sunset over the nuclear power plant, from the Jim King free dock, Sister's Creek beyond Jacksonville

sunset over the nuclear power plant, from the Jim King free dock, Sister’s Creek beyond Jacksonville

we were all alone on the free dock for two days

we were all alone on the free dock for two days

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Slappey  behind the marsh grass, Jim King dock

Slappey behind the marsh grass, Jim King dock

we approach the anchorage at Kingsley Plantation, Ft. George Island, Fl.

we approach the anchorage at Kingsley Plantation, Ft. George Island, Fl.

The Slappey, from shore

The Slappey, from shore. Note the shoal, so very close

Indigo, sea island cotton, and a host of free labor sustained the Kingsley Plantation

Indigo, sea island cotton, and a host of free labor sustained the Kingsley Plantation

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cottages, built for 'the help'

cottages, built for ‘the help’

Zephaniah Kingsley lamented that somebody was ruining his reputation.....imagine.

Zephaniah Kingsley lamented that somebody was ruining his reputation…..imagine.

this was a Sunday, at a very popular local hangout for boaters. Note the wake to our left.....we endured literally hundreds of them until nightfall

this was a Sunday, at a very popular local hangout for boaters. Note the wake to our left…..we endured literally hundreds of them until nightfall

peaceful Monday morning at the Kingsley Plantation anchorage

peaceful Monday morning at the Kingsley Plantation anchorage

We didn't spend nearly enough time in Fernandina Beach

We didn’t spend nearly enough time in Fernandina Beach

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only 4 decent pictures from Fernandina, I suppose we'll have to return

only 4 decent pictures from Fernandina, I suppose we’ll have to return

anchored in the marsh grass beyond Cumberland Island, GA

anchored in the marsh grass beyond Cumberland Island, GA

a thunderstorm approaches

a thunderstorm approaches

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John didn't worry about it much

John didn’t worry about it much

as it happened, it missed us

as it happened, it missed us

another one caught us, though, as we pulled into Jekyll Island harbor

another one caught us, though, as we pulled into Jekyll Island harbor

We stayed a week on Jekyll, and could have stayed all Summer it was so nice

We stayed a week on Jekyll, and could have stayed all Summer it was so nice

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old house, sometimes a restaurant, with a big shady porch, serves as the showers, laundry, pool and hot tub for the marina

old house, sometimes a restaurant, with a big shady porch, serves as the showers, laundry, pool and hot tub for the marina

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a view of the lovely, undeveloped beach which surrounds much of Jekyll Island

a view of the lovely, undeveloped beach which surrounds much of Jekyll Island

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part of the historic district of Jekyll

part of the historic district of Jekyll

there is a lot of shade, dripping with Spanish moss

there is a lot of shade, dripping with Spanish moss

the wealthy of turn-of-the-century America built a private, subscription playground for themselves here

the wealthy of turn-of-the-century America built a private playground for themselves here

their children had no interest in muggy coastal Georgia, and refused to inherit the 'cottages.'

their children had no interest in muggy coastal Georgia, and refused to inherit the ‘cottages.’

so after the stock market crash, and the Depression, many of the buildings were simply abandoned

so after the stock market crash, and the Depression, many of the buildings were simply abandoned

as it happened, they also neglected to pay their Georgia taxes

as it happened, they also neglected to pay their Georgia taxes

such that an enterprising Georgia governor took advantage of the situation to obtain the entire island, and turn it into a State Park

such that an enterprising Georgia governor took advantage of the situation to obtain the entire island, and turn it into a State Park

lucky for Georgia, and anyone else who wants to visit

lucky for Georgians, and anyone else who wants to visit

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after Jekyll, it was under the Sidney Lanier bridge to Brunswick

after Jekyll, it was under the Sidney Lanier bridge to Brunswick

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