Tuesday, December 6, 2016
12/5 and 12/6 North from St. Augustine to St. John's River
Although it is a river, the St. John's River is about 2 miles wide. Eventually, Jacksonville came into view. The arena of the Jacksonville Jaguars is on the water too. We went directly to the Ortega River Marina. Our plan is to stay here for a few days for weather; then we will travel further up the St. John's. When we return this way, we will leave the boat here and fly from the Jacksonville airport for Christmas.
It was a good plan to take some weather days. During the night, the rain, thunder, lightning, and wind started. It was a torrential rain that lasted until about noon. On the news, they said they got 2 months of rain in 24 hours. It gave the boat a good cleaning. We went to Metro Diner for lunch. They had been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Both John and I had the turkey pot pie with a biscuit crust. It was really good with plenty to take home for supper. Eating local is one of the joys of the Great Loop. I did 4 loads of laundry, including the sheets.
The Publix, CVS and a Stein Mart are just up the street too. This is a very nice marina. The people and services are very nice. I am glad we are here.
Lat 30 degrees 16.54 North
Long 81 degrees 42.96 West