Well, the anchor alarm went off a couple of times in the night but we did not need to reset. Just a lot of swinging in the current. It was a beautiful morning when we pulled up anchor at 06:50. One boat left before us and two others were left in the anchorage. You can see the current in the photo.
We hailed for our first lift bridge of the day which was due to open on demand. We had slowed our speed as the boat that had left earlier this morning, had fallen behind and we would wait to go through the bridge together. And then the captain saw it happen just as I was getting the camera ready for some photos of the bridge. It was a loud bang. We guessed that the pick up was travelling too close when the bridge gates went down to stop the traffic. His day got off to a bad start. As we were going through the bridge, we could see the guys on the bridge assessing the damage.
Just before getting into St. Augustine, south of the mooring field, Persuasion kissed the bottom of the channel. The captain was able to avoid getting stuck. Thank goodness. We arrived at the fuel dock there around 09:30. We got our fuel and asked for a mooring ball. Our main reason to stay was to see Greg and Lyn again from Paperbird. They were spending some time here until tomorrow or Friday. So we thought we would get our haircuts and have a coffee or lunch with them. When Mike paid, he asked about them and was told they had checked out. (in hindsight, Mike said the guy didn’t check that well. We found out later by email later that they were still there and leaving the next day. Maybe they were anchored out somewhere) When Mike came back to the boat and told me they were gone, I said maybe we should move on then as it was so early in the day. Luckily the marina gave us back the money for the mooring ball. He said that they were very busy with moorings right now. I can imagine with lots of boats coming back from the Islands. The humidity is so high today and temperatures in the high 80’s. We don’t want to complain though as it was the opposite when we were here in November, with below freezing temperatures, bitter cold winds and ice on the docks!
We saw these guys pulling up anchor as we were leaving too. Pulling it up by by hand. Man, that must be a chore. And here is that beautiful lighthouse that we learned about on the bus tour. Seems to me they mentioned that it had something like 276 steps. Wow and our friends, Eric and Elke told us that they had walked to the top once when visiting here.
Here are some other sights we saw along the ICW today:
This little gull looked pretty floating in the water as we motored along and Sea Lark passed us as we were heading into our anchorage. (Sea Lark was the one we had seen in St. Augustine, with the guys lifting the anchor by hand.) He radioed us and told us where there was a shallow spot to watch for. They were heading up to Fernandina Beach to go to the bar he said. We dropped anchor at 17:00 across from the Timucuan Preserve Kingsley Plantation. When we were here in November, it was right after a very bad thunder and lightning storm with lots of rain. Today, it looked a bit different.
We uploaded a blog tonight and watched a bit of TV. No breeze tonight, very muggy.
Today we travelled 51 nm.