It is colder and windier than it should be, and it has been that way for longer than usual. I worked on the Schooner Virginia for a few hours this morning but when I could see my breath better than I could feel my finger tips I knew that I was done for the day.
I am getting much appreciated suggestions from friends for places to visit on my way south. Curt highly recommends Jekyll Island which is one of the Georgia Sea Islands. Bobby, who sails the Pathfinder LAGNIAPPE suggests Fernandina Beach at the north end of Amelia Island, Florida. Visiting Fernandina Beach on google maps brought up the photograph above. The old downtown looks lovely. The water beyond even lovelier. Below is the corresponding chart from Skipper Bob's Anchorages Along the Intracoastal Waterway. The Amelia River runs along the waterfront and you can see the two marsh islands shown on the chart, plus Lanceford Creek and Bells River in the distance. Beautiful!
I have the month of March to sail. I do not know how far I will sail or for how long. Points for ending the sail require three things: a marina where I can leave SPARTINA for at least one night, a ramp nearby to haul the boat and easy access to an Amtrak station to get back to my jeep/trailer in Charleston. I have found those places in Thunderbolt, Georgia, just south of Savannah; Brunswick, Georgia; Jacksonville, Florida and Palatka, Florida, a ways down the St. John's River. So plenty of options there.
A package of self-heating OMEALS arrived last night, rounding out my dinners, mostly Mountain House freeze dried meals, for the trip.
Less than four weeks to go.