Well, the calm that we saw at sundown sure belied the quiet night we thought we’d have. The winds blew loud and strong all night. Mike got up a few times to check the anchor and silence the halyards. It was a sleepless night and real cold this morning. 8C in the salon again this morning. The wind is biting. We weighed anchor at 07:30. We were anchored across from the Timucuan Preserve and historic Kingsley Plantation. It is the oldest plantation in Florida.
We arrived at the lift bridge just in time for the opening so went right on through. I know you have all seen so many bridge photos on our journal but this is the first time we have gone under one like this. Mike it was the first time the counter weights were visible out the back. Oh and thank you to one of our followers, our friend Ken, that emailed us about the suspension bridge we wrote about in the November 16th entry. Ken said it was not a suspension bridge but a cable stayed bridge. Of course he was right. We are grateful to you for letting us know and will correct that in the blog. And we love that you take time to fill us in on all the bridge projects starting way back in Ottawa.
Then on the other side of the bridge, there were lots of cranes and we could see it was quite a ship building area. Even navy ships there, saw one being worked on and not sure what the red one was that was being restored.
We needed fuel and on our way in to the dock we saw this sign posted. We will be on the look out for manatees and take precautions to protect them.. There are always warnings on Channel 16 too for wright whales, an endangered species. Boaters must be careful when motoring around them. We did see this large white pelican and a neat air boat on our way out of the fuel dock.
We can not believe how cold it is today. It is by far the coldest yet because of the wind chill. What a welcome we have had, thunder, lightning, hail, high winds and the coldest weather on record. We blew into Florida, literally! The young man who looked after us at the fuel dock said he has lived here 21 years and never seen such wind and rain as yesterday and never felt it this cold.
We check out the facilities. It is a lovely marina, get a shower and then we walk, and walk, at least 2 miles up to a Target. We get a few things and Jim and Cheryl get an electric heater. It is giving record low temperatures in the morning. It’s great to use the little space heater when plugged in at the dock. We heard Sonny’s BBQ pit was a good place to eat so we went there for supper. It was just ok, nothing fantastic. We took a cab back to the boat and got the heater cranked on. It is chilly! And the shrimp are noisy tonight! Still finding it hard to believe that we are actually in Florida. Maybe we will really believe it when the weather warms up. Tomorrow, we plan to take a mooring ball and stay here for 3 days.
Today we traveled 38.6 nm.