|The newly restored Bridge of Lions, St. Augustine, FL|
|Radeen exploring St. Augustine, FL|
Running from town to town is one of the pleasures because you can dinghy ashore and get off the boat and walk the town sightseeing. But the real mission is....looking for ICE CREAM shops! Yes, Team Island Spirit will find any and all ice cream shops on the ICW from Maine to Florida. (Ice cream in the Bahamas was bad, but then think of how far it had to come and how long it was kept frozen during transit, and let's not talk about power outages in Abaco!)
Anyway, back to the ICW in northern Florida. It is easy, winding, scenic, built up with a few remaining marshes for the birds to enjoy. It is interesting to focus on the old Florida homes vs. the new Florida homes. You see the casual, simple lifestyle of the old replaced with the modern metropolitan lifestyle of the new Florida. I am not sure it is a real improvement, but some must think it is better this way.
After 4 days of 50-60 mile days, 10 hrs each, we will stay here in Fernadina for a relaxing day tomorrow and enjoy this wonderful town.
Photos of this diverse section of the ICW...
|Great Blue Herons in the marshes and mangroves|
|Typical view of the homes and docks as seen from the boat|
|Spanish Fort Mantanzas just south of St. Augustine, FL|
|Typical home with a simple boat and boat house|
|Typical rancher with no dock|
|Fun boat house / dock and simple home|
|Two story with a sweeping lawn|
|Beautiful arches, decks, pool and "golf course" lawn|
|Spanish tile sorta makes this blend in....but then next door is an OLD Florida home|
|And then there are white arches, trellises and multiple wings!|
|Tug and barge pushing south on the ICW|
I have no clue how they manage all the turns
|Amelia Island Bridges one twin bridge and one Railroad bridge|
|Welcome to the PAPER PULP FACTORY and Fernandina Beach|