Hello virtual crew members and fellow adventurers!
After spending a long weekend in Port Royal, the crew set out for their final push to Jacksonville. They travelled four days and arrived in Jacksonville on Friday.
Click on the link to read the day-to-day travel log. This includes weather report, sea conditions, captain’s log, and a summary of the day’s experience.
This week’s video shows Still Waters II cruising south thru South Carolina, Georgia, and arriving in Florida. On the way she has dolphins swim in her bow wake. Enjoy!
To see past videos, click on the link to the Still Waters II Vimeo site. The library now contains 47 videos of Still Waters II cruising America’s Great Loop.
About the time the crew crossed the Savannah River and entered Georgia, the phone rang. The skipper answered the call and found Rob on the other end of the line. Rob and Glenda hail from Canada, and crew the Monterey. Our crew last saw Rob and Glenda back in Jacksonville in May. Turned out that Monterey was just south of Still Waters II. The two crews agreed to pull into Herb Creek and anchor for the night.
Still Waters II arrived in the creek first and found a nice wide spot to drop the anchor. The skipper noticed Monterey pull into the creek, so he radioed Rob and discussed rafting up.
Still Waters II and Monterey rafted in Herb Creek.
After the boats were rafted, the crews spent the evening talking and catching up on the last few months.
The skipper, Rob, and Glenda on the sundeck of Still Waters II
Monterey weighing anchor and pulling away.
Waving goodbye to Monterey
After leaving the anchorage, the crew spent most of the day making way thru the endless Georgia salt marsh.
Hi tide in salt marsh
At the end of the day the crew pulled into the Crescent River and dropped the anchor for the night.
Salt marsh glows golden at sunset
View from anchorage in Crescent River
The weather has started to warm and the winds have fallen off which has combined to cause some very nice cruising days. However, seemed as though the crew travelled most of the day at low tide.
Glassy smooth water
Travelling at low tide
The crew did witness some interesting things on the way south. The pelicans dive bombing the fish entertained the crew for hours.
The crew cruised by this interesting solar sailor with an electric motor.
And when they anchored off Cumberland Island, this herd of wild horses came out to graze.
After weighing anchor, the crew cruised down the end of Cumberland Island and saw a few more wild horses. Then they crossed over into the state of Florida and cruised down Amelia Island..
Wild Horse on southern end of Cumberland Island
Overhead view of Amelia Island with Atlantic Ocean above the beach.
After crossing the St Johns River, the crew made a few more miles and pulled into the Palm Cove Marina to end the 2017 cruising season.
Still Waters II will stay at Palm Cove Marina for at least a month. The crew will transform into CLOD’s (Cruisers Living On Dirt). They will travel to Texas to visit family and friends.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Hope to see you back on board as virtual crew members in 2018 when the crew will head for the Bahamas.
Loop On – The water goes on forever and the adventure never ends.