Our final destination on this leg is only about 10 miles away, so we slept in this morning and I worked and we didn’t weigh anchor until late morning. This is a stretch of the ICW we’ve not traveled before. Always have gone on the outside.
Cumberland Island is a beautiful place with great hiking trails, nice beaches and many wild animals, including horses. The island has an interesting history having been the playground for the rich, and almost turned into a fancy resort before it became a national park.
While it was nice to view the island from the western side, I’m reminded why we opted for the ocean on previous trips around the island. The ICW here has strong current, many shallows and very confusing navigation in some spots.
At one point, we ran hard aground in what seemed to be the middle of a channel. It was about an hour before low tide. We struggled to pivot and rock the boat out of the mud. After about a half hour, we finally inch our way into deeper water and found the real channel. Goodbye paint on the bottom of the keel.
Motoring into the harbor at Fernandina Beach was like coming back home again. We’ve spent a lot of time here (five months back in ’07, and about every year since) and have a bunch of good friends here. We found our slip and settled into the berth where the boat will stay for a month.
Nice to be back.