Good golly it was cold this morning! We shoved off late due to the tide table and hoped the sun would provide some warmth. Marc shivered even though he wore a base layer, fleece cap, and his arctic paddling gloves. He attributes his cold nature to not having much body fat. Jim wore his usual attire. He just doesn’t get cold.
There wasn’t much boat traffic in this stretch and no aquatic life was spotted. The usual pelicans and shore birds were out trying to catch a meal.
The scenery has changed. More flatlands. Wide open spaces. We see lots of potential camping spots along the way too.
About halfway through our 9 mile paddle the water flow changes in our favor. Our speed increases and the paddling becomes easier.
We cross Nassau Sound and land near Amelia Island State Park.
Marc’s SPOT Gen2 Messenger failed again today transmitting only one OK message instead of the 3 he attempted. At the landing, the device began blinking a red light in the Power On button as soon as he hit the Custom Message button. Then the device shut down automatically. Same thing it did two days ago. All this is very frustrating and SPOT Tech Support offered no help yesterday other than to say it was bad batteries.
As soon as we landed, Marc was shocked to see Bob and Marilyn, neighbors from back home walk up! They drove down to intercept us. What a fantastic surprise. After hugs, handshakes, and high fives they opened a cooler filled with cold beer, club sandwiches, and potato chips. We ate right there in the parking lot. The perfect tailgate party. Thanks guys for driving all that way. You made us smile.
Tomorrow we hit Fernandina Beach! We are right on schedule.
Marc and Jim