Navigating to Jekyll Island Georgia

IMG_7418We left Pine Cove Marina, Florida early Tuesday morning and I got to see another great sunrise.  The weather is warm, who said as we go north it’s going to get cold.  We will be navigating about 70 miles to reach our destination at Jekyll Island in Georgia.

I took pictures of Liz (Anchor Down) boat and she took some of ours as we passed each other.  It’s always nice when some one takes a picture of your boat when you’re traveling. We are traveling on the Jacksonville Holiday Harbors AICW still in Florida.

The water is so calm and the sun is rising higher which really brings out the beauty of what I am seeing.  This area is called Jacksonville Atlantic Highlands.  Does anybody want to buy an Island?  We just passed Johnston Island and its for sale.

IMG_7437If you look out in the distance you can see big Navel ships on the Atlantic Ocean.

You really have to watch the signs in this area or you could be going down a dead-end.  This is call the Chicopit Bay intersection of the St. Johns River and the ICW.  The bay itself has a massive sandbar and mud flats at the ICW entrance, and has plenty of flats, grass, oyster beds, and peripheral creeks good for fishing.

This is an Atlantic Coast Shipyard located two miles from the Atlantic and 41 feet deep.  They had a naval ship being repaired when we navigated by.

This is called Sisters Creek it’s so beautiful like a picture out of a magazine with boat in it.

The other side of the bridge is the Atlantic Ocean.

IMG_7472We passed by the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve is a U.S. National preserve in Jacksonville, Florida.  It comprises 46,000 acres of wetlands, waterways, and other habitants.  This may be the last time I see palm trees as we are almost out of Florida.

This is the Amelia River still on the ICW and it borders the west side of Amelia Island.  This was a beautiful view going through the bridge to this wide open waterway. The bottom pictures are called Kingsley creek.

This area on the Amelia River Jacksonville, Florida was severely damaged when hurricane Mathews came through in October 2016.  This marina is still not open to transient boaters.  This is causing loopers and snow bird boaters some problems with finding marinas that are open.

This is called the Cumberland Sounds, a bay in Florida and is near by to Point Peter and Big Marsh Island.  Fort Clinch (that you can see in the distance) is at the entrance to Cumberland Sounds.  The fort is a 19th century masonry coastal fortification, built as part of the Third System of seacoast defense conceived by the United States.

We have left the State of Florida and are now navigating in the State of Georgia.  This area is part of the Naval Submarines Base in King’s Bay, home to six Trident-class submarines.  Kings Bay is on an arm of the Cumberland Sound.  Submarines reach their base at Kings Bay, through a long deep channel cut through the shallow coastal shelf and muddy tidal Cumberland Sounds, to the Atlantic ocean.  Kings Bay and areas west of the ICW channel are off-limits to cruising mariners.  There is a no- wake Zones in the vicinity and strictly enforced.  We saw a Navy security boat watch us as we made the 90 degree turn, away from the base.  There were no submarines when we went through, that was good as they close this area down and no travel would have been allowed while the submarine was present.  We could have been detained for several hrs.  It would have been something to see a submarine.

IMG_7546This structure is a huge coil of wires used to de magnetize nuclear submarines called degaussing, a process of decreasing or eliminating a remnant magnetic field.   Degaussing was originally applied to reduce ships magnetic signatures during World War II.

We are now traveling on St. Andrew Sound a large and shallow body of water located on the coast of Georgia between Jekyll Island and Little Cumberland Island.  The Still River empties into the sound.  Little Cumberland Island Light house is located along the sound on the northern tip of Little Cumberland Island.  The mouth of the St. Andrew Sound makes the eastern most spot on the ICW.  We had to navigate out into the Atlantic Ocean before we could make the turn to continue on the ICW.  A stiff wind running against the current can make the short passage across St. Andre Sound wet and uncomfortable.  We were very lucky to only have a slight wind when we crossed.

We are now heading to Jekyll Island purchased by the State of Georgia in 1947.  We plan on staying  for two nights so we can tour Millionaires Village.

The good thing about marina’s in Georgia, they have floating docks due to the 8 foot tides.  This is what the marina looks like in low tide.  However traveling can be difficult so you really have to pay attention to where the tide is at our you could get stuck in the mud and have to wait for the tide to go up.

FullSizeRender 4This is our Marina and a sign welcoming us (Follow that dream) along with other loopers that will be staying overnight.   They have a swimming pool and hot tub but not in use until May. I guess we are too early to take advantage of it. IMG_1158

This was our beautiful sunset docked at Jekyll Island.  Kent and I are so glad to be on this Journey together and being able to share it with our family and friends.



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