Week 7: Adios St. Augustine

A courtyard at Flagler College
Built in 1885-1887 as the Ponce de Leon Hotel, since 1968 part of Flagler College’s campus.

After spending three weeks in St. Augustine, today we’ll start making our way south again via the ICW. The sea state and wind direction are not favorable for an offshore hop, and our urge to get moving is strong.

If conditions improve, we’ll hop offshore in a few days via the Canaveral Lock before they close to marine traffic for a three month repair starting on January 1.

Strong winds and rain kept us aboard much of the past week. Allan worked on boat projects, I tried to find new ways to store stuff and tackle mold. To recharge, we binge watched several seasons of Orphan Black while we had an internet connection.

Fortunately, the rain abated on Christmas when we attended a potluck organized by the St. Augustine Cruisers net, bearing a pernil and a pot of arroz con gandules.

Cruisers Christmas potluck
St. Augustine Cruisers Net Christmas potluck in the municipal marina’s lounge.

It was fun to spend time with Jeff and Marguerite, friends from Herrington Harbour, and meet cruisers who we hope to see again along the ICW, in the Bahamas or beyond.