fsmike is on to something. go north.
fernandina beach is a really nice walking town; the admiral will love it. lots of nice old homes to ogle, a cutesy main street, and a home made ice cream shop that makes the best root beer
then go upriver to st marys. it's another nice old town, not quite as upscale as fernandina, but cruiser friendly. excellent anchorage and dinghy dock
. if you need to do laundry
, go to the ice cream shop - they have a machine in the back. you can also catch the ferry
to cumberland island here, but don't. save that for your non cruising friends. st mary's is the site of the annual cruisers thanksgiving dinner.
go back out to the icw and up to cumberland island. anchor
off the dock where the ranger
station is. there's a free dinghy tie up, although you MIGHT be able to bring your boat up to the dock. then go ashore to see one of the great natural wonders of the east coast
. an almost pristine sea island, complete with wild horses, turkeys, armadillos, one of the best preserved live oak forests to be seen, virgin seashore with multitudes of wild sea oats, the remains of an old mansion, and numerous old buildings and history
. we spent three days there. then we went up to the north end of cumberland island and spent four days there. you can walk to the tiny old church where john f kennedy jr was married, if you're so inclined.
if you've still got time, head
north as far as jekyll island. be sure to watch your charts
here. you will have to go way out into st andrews sound and then come back in to avoid a large shoal that intersects the icw here. it's shown on the chart but not obvious. there's a nice marina there just before the bridge. weekly dockage is inexpensive and includes use of the pool, free wifi
, free bicycles, and a loaner car. there's heads, showers, laundry
, and a nearby strip mall. and an on-site restaraunt that specializes in low country boil. the island itself is worth a tour, paricularly to the old mansion district, which you can bike to.
while you're at the south end of cumberland, or transiting north, you may encounter two tug boat looking craft painted yellow and lime green coming down the icw. there may also be some coast guard looking rib
patrol boats with manned machine guns
. that's a sure sign there's a 'boomer' coming up or down the river. kings bay submarine base is just north of cumberland and is headquarters for the local missile carrying submarine fleet. and you are allowed to take pictures of all this, but try to stay out of their way.
i notice you're in titusville. i'm hauled out there right now at westland. if you've time, stop by and say hello. i'll be there tomorrow (saturday) working on my csy 37
, 'one step'.