Sometimes things just don’t happen as planned! But still work out ok… We didn’t make it to the Keys with the boat this year. Memory Maker too… spent much of the winter waiting for a new outdrive. The repair work done in Canada last summer wasn’t done correctly, so when we got back into Jacksonville, she still had a leak. Everything had to come completely apart again all because the place in Canada failed to replace a $2.30 O-Ring.
Barbara’s sabbatical book project is completely finished. She was extremely busy with lots of deadlines to meet as the project finished up, so it was probably best that she was at home to burn the midnight oil. The C# Programming book is now printed and all of the instructor resources are complete.
Friday, May 24th we FINALLY pulled away from our home dock about 3:30.
We passed at least three sailboats hard aground and one was in the middle of the channel. We bumped the bottom ourselves as we cautiously made our way around it.
Saturday morning we continued north on up the ICW to the Golden Isles Marina at St. Simons Island. This ride was at high tide, but a very bumpy ride. We heard sailboaters chatting on the VHF that offshore seas were 6 feet with winds at 25 knots. It was especially choppy as we went past the St. Andrews Sound. In order to cross that sound, you actually have to go out into the ocean to go around a red marker and then come back into the ICW. We did a bunch of rocking and rolling and actually took a bath several times as spray splashed over the bow of the boat.
Coming into St. Simons was also a little hairy. They have a really stiff current that runs through the channel. With the help of the dockhand we got secured to the dock without any problem. We’re planning to stay here through the holiday weekend to get stuff put away and ready for the trip north. Also planning to do some biking…there’s some great bike paths on the island!