Up and going and departed the Lamb’s Yacht Center dock around 9 am with help from dockmaster, William. He was just terrific helping us dock and undock. Captain Ron navigated the three bridges outbound superbly, and then we had a brief delay again at the RR bridge in downtown Jacksonville. Once through, we navigated the St. John’s River to marker # 88 where we again picked up the ICW, northbound. The ICW is rather narrow during many portions (e.g., about ¼ mile in width), and there’s also the obvious fact that in some of these narrower segments, it is quite shallow such that you probably could get off your boat and walk to shore if something happened.
We chose to stop at the Fernandina Harbor Marina on a mooring ball tonight – what a nice marina with friendly, helpful staff! We dingyed to the marina for the evening, and, what a charming community with friendly residents! We got to the main street just in time to hear a portion of a street concert – good band – and did a little window shopping on Center Street – the main drag. Lots of neat-o shops! Customers in one of the stores we visited advised us to seek out dinner at Joe’s Bistro on Second Street. This turned out to be an excellent suggestion! We were well-serviced by waitress, Jules, and her assistants: Ron had Joe’s chowder: shrimp, prime rib, rice and a wonderful base, and this was the perfect accompaniment to Ron’s prime rib entrée selection – apparently served only on the weekends – Ron reported that this was one of the best prime ribs he has had in a long time! I ordered the delicately herb-crusted chicken cordon bleu – it was another excellent choice – with a ceasar salad! We highly recommend Joe’s Bistro! We then window-shopped a little more, listened to more of the concert and saw the perfect sunset, with swimming porpoises, as we dingyed back to the Spirit Journey.
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