Watch episode 95 here!
There’s something very exciting about the moment an old sailboat leaves the dock and sets out for new adventures over the horizon.
An organic chemical cocktail of uncertainty, anxiety, excitement, happiness, and even a little fear is produced by such salty stimulus. It’s a potent mix of emotions, and a mix that would rival that of any type of drug or adrenaline rush.
Sandflea has LEFT THE DOCK!
A new adventure is officially underway as our little ship begins to make progress South & East.
December 4, 2018
We left the dock at Reynolds Marina in Green Cove Springs today! We left at 11am and made it through the bridges in Jacksonville and docked at the free docks at 2:45.
Mike, Allison and two of their girls came to the boat and brought dinner. We had a great time hanging out on the boat and visiting with them again!
December 5, 2018
We left the free dock at 10 this morning. It was a rough start getting off the dock. The current was really strong, and the wind was blowing us towards the dock. We finally managed to scrape ourselves off the dock. It was really scary, we almost got caught on the corner of the dock where it’s broken and rusted. That would not have been good for our hull.
We had a long, cold day today and got anchored in Shell Bluff Landing around 5:40.
I made chicken pot pie for dinner.
December 6, 2018
Today we went from Shell Bluff to just past St. Augustine. It was a pretty easy day. We anchored by the Fish Island Marina where Quinn and Becca have their boat. They are the ones who made our new dodger for us. We tried to dock there, but it was just too rough at the old broken dock. We rowed the dinghy over to their marina where they cooked us lunch.
After lunch we came back to the boat and just hung out. We had our stern anchor out and it dragged a good bit. Ben pulled up the stern anchor later in the evening and we were fine. We had creamy potato soup for dinner. Molly beat Ben at Connect 4. Ben and I had hot chocolate mixed with baileys and watched a Christmas movie.
December 7, 2018
Anchored at Fort Mantanzas today.
We hung out on the boat and Ben edited some video. We had spaghetti for dinner and we watched a family movie, Hook. Beautiful sunsets here!
December 8, 2018
We got up and left Fort Mantanzas at 10am. We anchored in New Smyrna at 4:40.
We had 4 cheese pasta peas for dinner. Later in the evening as we were preparing for bed, we heard the sound of explosions. We looked outside and we were treated with a lovely fireworks show!
December 9, 2018
We stayed anchored in New Smyrna today. There was so much wind and rain, it was crazy! Ben had to put the pump in the dinghy and pump out the rain water. I was feeling a bit sick because we were bumping around so much! We just sat around and hung out on the boat. Our swing track on the GPS was everywhere! Later in the evening, we put up our “Christmas Tree.” We had roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, and brown gravy for dinner.
Ben and I watched a movie.