Even though I have been enjoying the constant visual stimulation in the ICW, I was quite ready to head out for a day on the sea. We viewed Dayton Beach from afar and kicked back for some relaxation. Oh yes, I forgot, Dan put out the fishing lines. By 1:30 we had a fish on the line and Bruce brought in his first fish ever. Go Bruce!! Thinking this fish was a Mackerel, we cut it loose but on further research we discovered it was actually a Little Tunny. Good for us that by 1:45 we had fish #2 (another Tunny) on the line and this time when Bruce brought her in we saved her for tonight’s dinner.
Coming into the St. Augustine Inlet, we caught a glimpse of the 160’ St. Augustine Lighthouse and the ancient battlements of Castillo de San Marcos (built in 1672) perched right on the waterway.
Nearing St. Augustine’s newly restored Bridge of Lions, we called the Bridge Master and requested an opening as it looked to be a close fit. After finding out that we had just missed the scheduled rush hour opening (and the next would not be for 45 minutes), we lowered our antennas, crept up to her entrance to gauge our clearance. What the heck, let’s creep through!! With Bruce on top eyeballing the distance between the bottom of the bridge and the high point on Quest, we slowly crept under the Bridge of Lions. Home Safe!!!
Immediately after the bridge we made a right into the St. Augustine Municipal Marina and made fast for the night with the bridge just off our stern and the picturesque town to our starboard.
We cooked the freshly caught fish on the BBQ and had a great dinner aboard the Quest before venturing out to explore the fascinating area around us. St. Augustine, founded in 1565, is the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the United States. We strolled by Flagger College which occupies the old Ponce de Leon Hotel (1888) and the Lightner Museum that is in the 1887 Alcazar Hotel. Both of these magnificent structures were built by Henry Flagler. That man had a good eye. We look forward to exploring the town in depth tomorrow.