Day 19 – A Pirate Looks at 40 (maybe 80 based on the Pirates we saw today…:-) – Darien River, GA (M651.6) to Fernandina Beach, FL (M716.8) – 11/9/13

We left the anchorage on the Darien River at 7:45.

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We made great time heading to Amelia Island.  Florida at last!!  Yahooo….(sound the trumpets, girls (make that wenches) dancing in the streets…woop woop!!).   We were rejoicing as we called the Fernandina Harbor Marina for a mooring ball assignment.  The water was pretty choppy and I was not very happy with our ball assignment as we were the first mooring in the harbor and there were several boats anchored just a wee bit too close, but there weren’t any other options so we took it.

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First, I will tell you that this city looks pretty terrible from the water.  We sat on the back of the boat and looked at factories and smoke stacks.

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We figured there must be more too it, so we jumped in the dinghy and made our way into town.    We were pleasantly surprised…the town is very cute and friendly!!  Kind of a Key West North vibe going.  Not sure if we were there on a special pirate festival day, but there were people dressed up like pirates and wench’s scattered throughout the town.    Lots of cute little shops and we did a little more Christmas shopping.  We found a great Spanish restaurant – Espana and had the BEST meal of our entire trip there…Fisherman’s Stew.  It was fantastic.

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All in all, 65.2 NM traveled today and a fun evening!

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