Jekyll Island (Apr 8)

As we prepared to leave Amelia this morning our depth sounder was not responding.  It was critical that we leave with enough depth to get out of the fairway of the marina.  Fortunately, after several re-starts, all systems were go.  On our way out, we passed the old Fernandina Marina and Fort Clinch.  Fort Clinch is an historic fort, first fortified in 1736 by the Spanish, and used for multiple purposes up until the 1900’s…


As we left the Cumberland Sound, we spotted wild horses on Cumberland Island (second photo, Ron can see them – I can’t).  The island’s claim to fame is an island of free range horses…….Cumberland Island consist of 50 miles of maritime forest trails, undeveloped beaches, wide marshes, and more than 150 wild horses…..nothing is available beyond campsites and it is accessible only by ferry service….


We passed graveyards of hurricane victims………


As we moved up the Cumberland Sound we were warned both verbally and from our waterway guides that we would be crossing the entrance to the Naval Submarine base at King’s Bay, a highly patrolled and monitored submarine fairway…..fortunately no submarines were active in the area and we stayed off limits west of the ICW.


At this point, we have crossed from Florida and in to Georgia, and yet we are still in cold weather….


It was cold and windy the entire day….even as we docked at Jekyll Island….not only were we exposed to the wakes of the boats on the river, but we endured the lapping of water on the bow of the boat all night long…..(for three nights)……they told us that today was colder here than it was at Christmas!  We spent our time here with heaters going……



However, we were blessed with a really neat Restaurant, Zachry’s Riverhouse, where we enjoyed watching the Masters, catching up on down time, a birthday party, and some really good seafood and music while at Jekyll… was our go to place….



We will close with a little bit of water wisdom for the day…………….


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