|Jacksonville Beach from 2 miles offshore.
When the bridge did open we were in a busy clot of ten boats trying for the same bit of liquid real estate. Soon enough, the little speed boats cleared away and we were heading for Mayport at eleven knots, two thousand RPM on both diesels.
The water was very bumpy at the Mayport Jetties and this was because the winds began to pickup from the East which happened to be the direction the tide was flowing. Classic wind against tide; the water will begin to make big rollers which may be uncomfortable. One minute you are looking DOWN and the next UP. Easy enough for the Barco to handle, we turned South as soon as we cleared the rocks and we were in very open water.
|Allan and his crew on Bernoulli
|"Francisco", a Morgan 30
Being offshore, the air temperature was about ten degrees cooler than in the Intracoastal and there are no bugs. Also, since it is a big ocean, there is more room for maneuver and you don't get run over by sport fishers doing the speed of heat in tight quarters.
|Seemed like every small boat was overloaded with family and friends!
|View from Municipal Marina to A1A Alehouse
|This sign was probably added in early 70's, next to A1A Alehouse
|On King Street next to the Big Church is a great Greek Restaurant
|My Gyro Platter
I love the old Florida look of this Santa Maria Restaurant. I have never visited because it looks like a tourist facility. Probably good food, but like Disney, I haven't bothered to go.
|Power boaters always leave crap on the dock. Doesn't bother the bird, though...
|Bridge of Lions
|Notice the Lion Statue on right. There are two lions guarding the entrance to this depression era bridge.
Locals are funny about change, aren't they? Thing is, the bridge is really quite attractive.
|Old house near Hypolita Street
|We bypassed this island of fun and went straight to the Legion!
|This is memorial for the First World War, the name "Pacetti" is one of the premier families in St Augustine, there is a "Pacetti Point" on the St Johns River.
|Legion Main Hall
|Lively scene in the bar at the Legion. It is open to the public!
|We had to buy these Red Neck Chalices at the Legion. $10.00 for two.
|The POW/MIA table
|Bridge of Lions standstill
All in all it was a most excellent adventure! Back to the grindstone...