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November, 2012

It's been a long summer away from  the Snow Goose. I injured my lower back and developed sciatica, which really slowed down my ability to work on the house and gardens or much of anything else.

We're in Oriental, NC getting the boat ready to head south. Unfortunately we haven't taken many pictures. Rich painted the port hole screen bezels, the cock pit floor, and put new bottom paint on the Goose. She is back in the water, but we still have several things to do.

The cock pit floor looks like new after he ground off the rust, epoxies some areas and covered it with three coats of paint. Nice job, Rich.

Of course, while we're here Rich is working for the Deaton's. This time he is remodeling the other office bathroom.

Doesn't he remind you of Tim the Tool-man. Look at that grin.

November 16, 2012

Stocking-up

This is all of the supplies we brought with us and the groceries I bought at Costco on our way down. We stored all of this on Snow Goose and then we shopped more.

Two carts full and still marking things off the list.

Does it ever end? Better yet, where are we going to put it all?

What a mess, but after an hour of sorting and packing everything was back to normal and the boat looked like we hadn't bought anything. And we still had room.

New Bern Art Walk

For a change of pace we went over to New Bern to their "art walk". It's several weekends in October; when the art galleries stay open at night and local art is displayed in various stores around the town.

This was a really neat quilted pillow.

 While walking around we came across this sign.

Which was right next to this soda shop where Pepsi-cola was born. Who have thought that the little town of New Bern NC was the birth place of such a brand name drink.

Both Rich and I really like this metal, glass and painted sculpture. (it doesn't show in a picture as well as it did in person).

I wanted to go on a carriage ride, but the Captain said "No".  

November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Day

Let me tell you about our Thanksgiving . It all started when we decided to go offshore. Thursday morning when got off shore the wind was a little stronger than predicted, so we hugged the shore line to stay out of the larger waves that were off shore. We were tilting about 15 degrees, but the ride was okay. I decided not to cook the Cornish Hens and instead wait until Friday when I thought that the winds would be down a bit. Then someone (she shall remain nameless to protect her innocent) did not turn in toward shore to follow the coast after passing Charleston, instead by Friday we ended up 40+ miles off shore just as a cold front was passing through. With the wind on the nose and Snow Goose kyboshing into the waves life became miserable. The only one that did not get sea sick was Edie. Finally, Saturday afternoon and about 300 miles later, we pulled into St. Mary's inlet and I cooked our delicious Thanksgiving Dinner. Both Rich and I were very thankful; thankful the boat didn't catch on fire when the starter battery started boiling dry, thankful for the beautiful sunny days, thankful it didn't rain when the cold front came through, thankful for the moon light during the dark nights at sea, thankful it didn't get any colder, thankful for the brilliant stars, thankful the engine didn't quit and thankful for the good Lord who watches over fools and sailors! Amen

The lighthouse at Southport as we left. It looks like a silo.

Charlie the pelican stopped in for a visit. I think he was looking for a handout. The wind was about 20 kts when he landed on the solar panel and stayed with us for about 20 minutes. Even Edie's barking couldn't get him to leave.

Rich petting Charlie!

Rich disconnecting the malfunctioning battery. You could smell the boiling battery acid. (Skippers note: The battery was 11 years old and a "maintenance free" type so that you couldn't add any water to it. I don't like that type of battery)

We saw very little traffic on the ocean this time. This is only the 2nd ship that we saw during the three days. Only on the last day, just before Saint Mary's inlet, finally saw a few other sail boats.

November 25, 2012

Fernandina Beach

 We planned to visit the Fort today, but Rich spent several hours trying fix our dinghy motor which wouldn't run properly. He found that the needle valve was bad and ordered one from the dealer in town. The problem is that it will take a few days to get here... DARN... I guess we will just have to play tourists for awhile. So, after lunch we headed to town with Rich rowing the dinghy. Well, antiquing is one of my favorite pastimes when traveling; so we visited as many shops as we could before they closed.

A very attractive tea set.

I really liked this feathered fan. I wonder if I could make one.

Even big girls like to play dress up.

At one of the shops was a booth where a woman made shell jewelry and I bought this one to go on my charm bracelet.

November 26, 2012

We tried to visit Fort Clinch today. After bicycling forever we came to a road that we thought led to the fort, but it was gated and locked. We found out later is was a service road to the fort. Instead, we bicycled around Old Fernandina. This was the sight of the original town but in the 1800's they moved the town about 1 mile down the island to an area that had far more area for the town to grow. Also to access the railroad, which ended short of the old town.

We stopped at Plaza San Carlos, a park by the river, to have lunch. This lovely house was across the way.

This WV bus was also parked near by.

After lunch we rode through the original platted town of Fernandina. It was platted in 1811. As we stopped to admire this orange tree, a dog squeezed out the gate to say "hello" and the owner followed to catch her. She told us about how her daddy bought this house for $1.00 and use to work making fertilizer from "pogy" fish caught in the area. As we talked we admired all of the fruit trees they had growing around their house.

This orange tree was loaded with fruit.

The owner of the house Alice and her daughter Marie came out and chatted with us for a long while and ...

gave us a bunch of grapefruits, oranges and lemons fresh picked right off the trees. The oranges are juicy and sweet MUMMMMM, so... good!

One the way home we bought some fresh shrimp and I made some scampi mmm.. really good. (Rich loved it)

To finish off our day we had a lovely sunset.

November 27, 2012

Fort Clinch

Today we went an adventuring, we rode our bikes out to Fort Clinch. Fort Clinch is one of the series of masonry coastal forts that the US commissioned to be built during the early 1800's. We have been to 4 other masonry forts and were looking forward to seeing Fort Clinch since we had sailed past it several times without stopping. The fort is located within a Florida state park and the road back to the fort was a long winding road shaded by live oaks dripping in Spanish Moss. Perfect for biking on, with little traffic.

Along the way we passed this ruin.. It was the remnant of one of three ranges lights that aided ships through Cumberland Sound channel before the river's mouth was upgraded by being dredged and improved with massive jetties that reach out into the ocean. Before the upgrade there were two narrow channels that ships had to navigate to enter the Fernandina harbor. So, they had these range lights to guide them into the channels at night.

When we reached the fort and started down the walkway to the fort we ran into this sign.

There were a few re-enactors working at the fort as guides.

This is the entrance to Fort Clinch complete with a draw bridge and everything!

The moat on the outside of the entrance had a small hill facing it so that anyone who tried to attack was in a devastating field of fire as they advanced on foot. The two different colors of brick you see represent the two different time periods during which the fort was built; 1830's and 1860's

These guns over look the channel and must have been a scary sight for any captain to see, as they sailed up the river passing the fort. 

The fort has an outer wall and an inner wall with this "killing field" in between. Just think of trying to first over come the outer wall then have to face the fire from the top of this hill as you tried to take it. 

A view through one of the gun ports. 

Another view down the inner wall. 

Impressive, aren't they! 

This is the view of the channel the guns were aimed at.  

Inside of the fort they have many of the rooms filled with articles that you might have encountered during the 1864 time period. I thought they did a great job of using period equipment throughout the fort.  

It was an educational experience and only cost $2.00/person to get into the fort. What a  bargain! Well worth the trip to the island. Hope that all of you can make it here sometime and wander around 1864 yourself. If you do make it down, try for the first full weekend of the month when the fort is full of re-enactors. Good luck! 

November 28, 2012

Historical Fernandina Beach

Rich rowing the dinghy for the last time! Our part for the motor has arrived.

We waited for days to visit The Pecan Roll Bakery and it was worth the wait. My pecan roll was fabulous.

They saved this beautiful live oak by splitting the road around it.

The original town of Fernandina was plotted in 1811 and name after the  Spanish King, Ferdinand VII. In 1853 the town moved just south to it's present location to take advantage of a larger land area for the town to grow on and the new cross Florida railroad. The town is recognized on the National Register of Historic places. Here are some pictures of the mansions around town.

The Bailey House took three years to build and is a fine example of Queen Anne style architecture. I especially like the carousel horses on the porch railings. Nice touch by the owners.

The Tabby House was built for C.W. Lewis and is made of crushed shell and Portland cement.

The Hirth House was built in 1886 and is located in "the silk stocking district".

The Baker House was built in 1859 and has remained in the Baker family except for a short time when it was occupied by Union Troops during the Civil War.

The Prescott House built in 1876 is noted for it's exquisite architectural detail.

Many of the beautiful old mansions have been turned into Bed and Breakfast; like the Fairbanks House.

The Fairbanks House.

November 29, 2012

Offshore again

 As we left Fernandina Beach we got a great view of Fort Clinch from the channel. The wind was suppose to be from the aft quarter and move around throughout the day but instead it was blowing right into the channel which built large waves for us to power through as we made our way out to the ocean. (see the captains' Blog for a short video of the ride).

Just as we cleared the channel this copter started to circle us and a few minutes later...

 In the distance, coming out of the channel was a nuclear submarine being escorted out by two smaller ships. We were a ways off by then, but it still was quite a sight to see.

As the day went on, the wind slowly moved around from behind, to the side and finally, of course, to the nose. As the sun set we started to motor again and within a few hours the motion became rough and about 4 AM we headed into Ponce De Leon inlet. Little did we know that two of the lighted markers were out. It was a good that Rich knew the inlet, there was a full moon, the lighthouse for reference and of course a chart plotter!

The light at the end of the jetty was out and we passed a couple of dark buoys. The red x to the right marks where we anchored for the night. The next day the Coast Guard was announcing alerts due the buoy lights that were out and urging caution when transiting the area. Captain Rich did a great job of bringing us in!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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