Thursday, December 17, 2009

91213/14/16--Jacksonville Beach -to- New Smyrna Beach

Our route and destinations over the past 3 cruise days.  Current location: New Smyrna Beach

What an adventure this is.  We cruised 3 days to New Smyrna Beach.

Our first stop was St Augustine.  We spent Christmas here last year with our friends Mike and Fran. But this year we stopped at the Oyster Creek Marina.  It's a short distance south of the municipal marina and up the San Sebastian River about 1.5 miles.  Very convenient to town and to shopping.  And, no currents to contend with.  Paul, the dockmaster we very accomodating and helpful.

Our second stop was Palm Coast.  Barry and Barbara Kipnis hosted us at their home dock.  We met Barry and Barbara at the MTOA Rendezvous in Crisfield, MD this summer.  We got reacquainted and had a wonderful vist.  We were able to capture them from their busy evenig Christmas social schedule and go to breakfast.  Good time!  The forecasted winds kept us at dock here for two days.

Our third stop was in New Smyrna Beach.  There, we met up with our friends Pete and Lillian Satterlee.  They let us raft up to their boat (which is also a DeFever 49 RPH, just like ours).  We ordered pizza in and had a great time eating pizza and drinking wine and hearing all about Pete and Lil's European cruising in the Netherlands, France etc.  Awesome adventure and their stories peaked our interests in maybe doing this too some day!!  The pictures Pete had on his computer wers fantastic.  Unfortunately, we were so absorbed in the discussion, we did not take any pictures.  Bummer!!

We stayed in New Smyrna for a couple of nights.  Again, the winds and forecasted thunderstorms kept us off the waterway.

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