Tuesday, April 12, 2011

4/11/2011 CRUISING OUTSIDE FROM ST. AUGUSTINE TO JEKYLL ISLAND MARINA

MONDAY

TOTAL MILES TRAVELED TODAY:   66 NM

DOCKED AT:   JEKYLL ISLAND MARINA

ICW MILE MARKER: 684

SUNRISE: 7:04    SUNSET: 7:51

HIGH: 82              LOW: 65

TODAY’S BRIDGES: 0

With the jet’s vapor streams stripping the skies high overhead and the promise of another brilliant day, we dropped the mooring ball and headed out for a day on the seas. Predictions for tomorrow, however, warn us of an unpleasant front approaching.


JET VAPORS RESEMBELING THE SUNS RAYS

We passed close by ships queuing up to enter the bustling Jacksonville Harbor, put out a couple unrequited fishing lines, watched for passing sea turtles and dolphin, enjoyed the sun and monitored the busy VHF radio.


SHIPS READY TO ENTER THE HARBOR

Recognizable boats names on the radio are a highlight and today we heard and talked to Carlton on Seamoore and Jim on Blue Angel. We have seen neither of these boats since being high up on Florida’s west coast. We also heard Richard on Finally making plans to come into their home port of Jekyll Harbor Marina to complete their ICW Loop and decided to make that our night’s stop also.


Cannonball Jellyfish (Stomolophus meleagris)Image by Mary Keim via FlickrThe seas off Georgia presented us with an incredible show of thousands of Cannonball Jellyfish and several hundred Rays, perhaps Cownose Rays. The waters were peppered with the grapefruit sized jellyfish with groups of rays numbering form only a couple to eight or ten with underside of their wing tips glistening as they stroked just under the water. I’m not sure I have ever seen anything quite like it.






The challenge of entering the St. Andrews Sound was augmented by the missing first red Aid to Navigation Marker. Thank goodness for the charts and our adored Garmin chart plotter. Jekyll Harbor Marina welcomed us at the dock and soon we were tied, hooked to water, powered up and registered. Both Finally and Rho-Jo were docked here and we all celebrated Jill and Richard’s (Finally) completion of the Loop over a lovely dinner.


THE LOOPERS ALL GATHERED AND READY FOR A NIGHT ON THE TOWN

CHOW TIME!

Jekyll Island was once the “cottage” retreat of such notables as the Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, JPMorgan and Pulitzer families and their former mansions now stand as a testament to those former days. In 1947 the state of Georgia purchased the entire island in a successful attempt to protect the island against unrestrained development and preserve the fragile ecosystem of this barrier island.


Indian Mound, Rockefeller Cottage, Jekyll Isla...Image via Wikipedia

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INDIAN MOUND
THE ROCKEFELLER'S COTTAGE IN THE
HISTORIC DISTRICT ON JEKYLL ISLAND

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