When we left St. Augustine in late December we never imagined we’d be back so soon, and even less so that we would return seeking safe harbor during a global pandemic.
Departing Riviera Beach Municipal Marina on Monday, we toyed with the idea of taking it slow up the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) but before the day ended news headlines had persuaded us to buckle down and get to St. Augustine as quickly as we could.
We made it to Ft. Pierce in fading daylight on Monday, and pressed on to Cocoa on Tuesday. Our first manatee sighting brightened our day, as did frequent dolphin sightings.
On Wednesday, we anchored a few yards off the ICW in Daytona, and yesterday we tied up to a mooring ball in the far reaches of the St. Augustine mooring field, a few hours prior to Florida’s “stay-at-home” order taking effect.
Maybe the “stay-at-home” rule would have impacted our transit, maybe it wouldn’t; we much preferred being where we aim to stay for the duration before the lockdown started.
To get here, we went under or through 37 bridges on the ICW rather than wait for a good weather window to sail up the coast.
Seeing shorebirds, egrets and pelicans carrying on around us on the water was akin to seeing old friends, during simpler, easier times.
With humans, we are being diligent about social distancing. Who would have thought we’d be connecting “virtually” for sundowners when our boats are in the same marina?
Minor complaints aside, we appreciate our good fortune. We plan to stay in St. Augustine until “stay-at-home” travel restrictions are eased here and elsewhere. Wishing all good health and happiness, wherever you are.