Day 11 April 10-Mile 685 “Sea Cruise”

12 04 2012

In case anyone was wondering, we were not towed on the St. Johns river.  Sea Tow has a free information line for when you need assistance.  They were very helpful.

Today we decided to go on the outside, that is, the Atlantic.  The weather was very calm and the next few miles on the ICW looked to be very challenging with shoaling and many twists and turns.  We took St. Simons  Sound outbound and St. Catherines Sound back to the ICW.  We were the only boat on the Atlantic other than the fishing boats as far as we could see.  We are amazed at how little traffic there is.  It was awesome to see the big fishing boats with their giant outriggers with the nets draped like a woman holding her skirt.  Hundreds of gulls and pelicans sat upon them and trailed in their wake, waiting for scraps.  Dolphins also were competing for the bounty.

Ed hooked a very large fish, so large it broke the line.  We never did get a glimpse of it.  He is still hopeful to catch dinner some night.

I have wondered how sailors of old could spend sometimes months and even years on the ocean.  Their bravery amazes me.  It must have been very boring at times because there is nothing to look at but water.  Even a storm would give them a welcome break (just kidding).  You feel really small on the ocean. After all the world is 95 percent water. The thing that is great about the ICW is that the scenery changes constantly except for a few areas.  Ed says the ICW reminds him of a “Lazy River”.  Helen Keller once said “no pessimist ever discovered  the secret of the stars or sailed to an uncharted land or opened up a new heaven to the human spirit.”  She also said “life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”

For miles and miles on the Georgia shore is all you see is wilderness and a thin strip of sand where the ocean meets the land.  Looks exactly like it has since the beginning of time.  As we sailed into St. Catherines Sound, we were amazed at the emptiness that we saw.

Our anchorage tonight is at  Kilkenny Creek, near Savannah.  The silence here is fantastic after hearing motors all day long.  We just sit and listen to birds and the water lapping against the hull, and of course we had “Happy Hour”. Good-night.

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