Thursday, December 8, 2016

December 3, 2016 ICW to St Augustine

We decided to only go as far as St Augustine today.  We decided to get a mooring ball at the municipal marina.  Then we would have access to wifi and boat parts if needed. 

We had the tide assisting us for the entire way.  It was rising as we left, which moved the water into the ICW.  When we were halfway there, the tide was heading out.  That made the water flow with us out of the St Augustine inlet.  Moving at about 7k, we made the trip in 5 hours.
our boat on the mooring ball
We decided to run the generator and water maker to check them out.  That also afforded us to take showers for the first time in 3 days.  Everything was running fine there.  Since most of the day was shot, we decided to have a night on the town.

St Augustine is known for it’s Christmas lights display.  It was rated one of the top 10 Christmas destinations in the World for a couple of years.  It really was festive and hard to capture in photos.  With this notoriety comes lots of tourists.  We headed to an Irish Pub that we knew of, Meehan’s, to watch the Alabama college football game at 4:00.  I left and went to church at 5:00 at the Basilica a few blocks away.  When I returned, there were lines of people at every restaurant I passed, even at Meehan’s.  So we were glad to be at the restaurant early.  We enjoyed dinner as we watched the game.  ROLL TIDE!!

When we left there, we walked to St George Street, a pedestrian only tourist area.  We found a bar with live music and had fun evening.  We enjoyed the band which reminded us our our son’s band.  We danced and made some new friends when Dave did the “snow ball dance”.  That’s where you ask someone else to dance.  So we got a few other couples out dancing.  It was a fun night out.  Can’t remember the last time we did that.  Especially because we didn't have to drive a car home.  But, you do have to drive a dinghy, and be able to get in and out of it safely.  So there you go. 

Castillo de San Marco National Monument from our boat

Castillo de San Marco lit up at night

King Street

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