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We are back in Cookstown.

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          Below:  Anchored behind Allen Cay facing north.  Boat is 3rd from left.

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Past 1,000 miles on ICW

Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, In : ICW Travels 
We past mile 1,000 today on our trip down to West Palm Beach.  We are now at anchor in the harbor at about mile 1020.

so we had ice cream with cut up milky way bars.

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Big Travels, Mile 845-915

Posted by Bryan on Thursday, December 5, 2013, In : ICW Travels 
December 4th.
Melborne Beach Florida

We left early today, at sunrise and traveled all day.  We had a current going with us for the first 2 hours, almost 2 knots, so we pushed how far we could get before the sun set.  Our anchor dropped as the sun dropped past the horizon.
70 regular miles in one day!  7:00am to 5:25pm,  3 bridges to open for us (this always slows you down a bit).
Almost 10 miles per hour average! (That is hair flying speeds for us!) 
So we are posting some writing that Devon and S...
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Down to Ponce de Leon, Mile 845 ish

Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, In : ICW Travels 
December 1st and 2nd.

 We spent yesterday on a Kayak tour of the marsh with a guide that told us all about the area.

We learned that
1.  Dolphins have hair when they are born (all mammals do).  Although it is just whiskers.
2.  Cannon ball jellyfish  have muscles and can swim slowly, not just drift.
They can also put out their stinking stuff like a squid.
3.  Black mangrove plants will collect all the salt that gets into their system and concentrate it to one sacrificial leaf to get the salt out o...
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St Augustine Day 1

Posted by Sahara on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, In : ICW Travels 

St Augustine
Mile Marker 780

                We got up early this morning. Definition of early is 6 in the morning. But, I guess it was necessary to get to the marina before dark. Maybe.  Anyway, the morning was pretty uneventful, consisting of breakfast, school work, and reading. Oh yes, and we got to Florida sometime around 10:30 or so, and celebrated by eating an orange… or three...  It was raining during the morning and was really yucky and humid and why am I going on about the boring ...

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Friday night Pizza

Posted by Bryan on Saturday, November 23, 2013, In : ICW Travels 
Nov 22
We were delayed a day waiting at St. Simons island for 2 engine parts.  An oil pressure sensor for the main engine and a water sensor relay for the generator.  The generator had stopped working a few months ago when the water impeller self destructed.  Most likely from the generator sitting in the boat for a year waiting for the work to be finished around it.  The special rubber impellers do not like to get dried out, and ours was most likely dry.  The generator automatically shuts down...
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Down to Mile 650

Posted by Bryan on Thursday, November 21, 2013, In : ICW Travels 
Nov 19th 
We are getting south!!  Although the Canadian weather is following us.  We are trying to out run it, but that is hard at only 7 knots.  It seems the current is always against us, sometimes up to 2 knots. Most of the locals talk about the unusual cold, however, it is still in the teens (Celsius).  We are also trying to avoid the cold fronts that come across the country.  The bring high winds that make anchoring unpleasant and the waves rough.  We had 20 knot winds today with gusts up ...
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3 Day Cruise, mile 280-465 to Charleston SC.

Posted by Bryan on Thursday, November 14, 2013, In : ICW Travels 
Nov 8,9,10th.
Wilmington North Carolina to Charleston South Carolina.

We went for 3 days straight on the ICW out of Wilmington North Carolina in an effort to get some distance south.  We knew a big cold front was coming, and the further we could get south the better.  We saw a few dolphins as well as watched the trees change and the spanish moss start to hang on the trees.  We have started to hear Shrimp around the boat.  There is some sort of shrimp that makes a "Snap,Crackle, Pop" sound just ...
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Beaufort to 245 Swans point

Posted by Sahara on Thursday, November 7, 2013, In : ICW Travels 

ICW Swan Point, New River Inlet Nov. 06

 Today was not the most exciting day, just more marshes and canals and bridges. For the first half of the day it rained on and off, and was very foggy out. The most excitement in the morning was the first bridge, where mom freaked out about height issues. But, like I told her, you find out if you are too high for the bridge fairly quickly. We did see dolphins heading out of Beaufort, but briefly.   Hmmm... Now I’m trying to remember what else we did,...

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In Beaufort NC. Mile marker 205

Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, In : ICW Travels 
We traveled from mile marker 135 (Belhaven) to Mile marker 205, Beaufort, today.  Winds were 15-20 knots for most of the trip, but subsided at the most open water part!!!  The wind was helpfull today.  It was a North east wind that pushed along in the Neuse river.  With an early start, 6:30, we were able to have our anchor set by 4:00 and go exploring and see some wild horses!!!  Beaufort is a very busy marine area.  Commercial fishing and easy access to the ocean with well protected ports ma...
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Shaken, not stirred Mile 65-130

Posted by Bryan on Monday, November 4, 2013, In : ICW Travels 
Today we crossed the Albemarle sound in some rough conditions.  The forcast for "1-2 foot waves" was a little off.  The winds were 15-20 knots, out of the Northwest.  Gusts up to 25. (50 km or 28 miles). We had lots of company on the trip.  The sound and then the Alligator river are VERY SHALLOW.  A body of water that is 15 miles across, but i couldn't find a depth greater than 15 feet on the map.  And the river was only 9 feet deep.  This makes the waves stand up straight!  So we were shaken...
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ICW to North Carolina! Mile 0 - 65

Posted by Bryan on Saturday, November 2, 2013, In : ICW Travels 
We got out of the Chesapeake bay finally.  We delayed one extra day because of the high winds, that was the Norfolk day.  We left at 7:00 in the morning to get a good start on the day so we would have plenty of time to dock before dark. The ICW, or Inner Coastal Water way (A.K.A. the big ditch) can take us all the way around Florida to the Mississippi river if we wanted to go that way.

We had to go under 5 or 6 bridges that we had to wait to open, plus the one lock.  No very high, just 2 feet....
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