Leaving St. Augustine Monday

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IMG_7281We left St. Augustine at 7:00 in the morning just as the sun was rising.  There are advantages of having to get up early and travel, beautiful sunrises and seeing the St. Augustine lighthouse lit.   We are on the Matanzas River traveling north passing St. Augustine.

How beautiful it was to see all the towering old historical building, rising above the tree lines.  It was so impressive to see them with the sun rising, as we navigated north on the Matanzas River.

We navigated through the Bridge of Lions built-in 1925 and hailed as “The Most Beautiful Bridge in Dixie”.  This was so true as we passed through the bridge.  Liz (Anchor Down) took a picture of us going through the bridge and I took a picture of them.  That is one of the advantages of traveling with other loopers.

IMG_7343The Great Gross was dedicated by Archbishop Casimiro Morcillo of the Roman Catholic during the diocesan Eucharistic Congress of October 1966, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Mission Nomber de Dios.  The cross is made of stainless steel and towers 208 feet above the Matanzas marshes.

This is a picture of St. Augustine inlet to the Atlantic Ocean which was man-made and shows how close we were to the Atlantic Ocean.

These are some pictures of the intercostal waterway that were are navigating on.  The water is so calm and the weather is getting warmer.  How peaceful it is with hardly any boat traffic.

This is a very narrow cut called the Saint Johns its beautiful to navigate threw these areas, however it’s no wake, so it take a long time.  The best part is you get to enjoy the beautiful homes, as we navigate by them.

IMG_7384This is call Ponte Vedra Beach- Isle of Palms it’s a navigable waterfront community located in Jacksonville and the oldest community dating back to the 60’s.  I think these homes are very beautiful and who wouldn’t want to live here with this great view of river.

This is Palm Cove Marina in Jacksonville Florida.  We are staying for one night along with Johnny and Liz ( Anchor Down) and Carol and Jim ( Why To Much) who we haven’t seen since January at Fort Myers Beach.

We all had dinner together at the 32 Restaurant in the marina.  The food was excellent and would highly recommend this restaurant.

IMG_7403 We finished the night by having a nite cap on Johnny’s boat.  We are leaving early in the morning and Carol and Jim will be staying one more day.  It was so nice to have dinner with them we hope to meet them again on our trip.

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