Time to pick back up the travelogue, this time the second part of our St. Johns River cruise heading into Sanford.
If you missed the first part, click on back to get an overview of this little side voyage.
First, the video version of this segment with lots of awesome drone & time lapse footage:
Stop 6: Murphy’s Island Creek
We left our overnight anchorage at Deep Creek and continued south.
We first thought we’d anchor off the city docks at Palatka to take in a lunch stop onshore – but it was just a touch too windy for comfort.
So we continued on.
Had we not had a conference call scheduled with our website design team, we might have stopped at Corky Bells – which has a nice dock to tie up to, free with meal purchase.
But we decided to head on to our intended overnight stop somewhere along Murphy’s Creek just a bit further south.
We’ll catch Palatka on our way back down north. That’s the cool thing about this journey, we’ll have a second shot at catching things we’re sure to miss.
The twisty little creek was super fun to navigate, and we passed a floating RV park encampment on an old barge tied up to the side. Pretty cool.
We got safety anchored, attended to our work call and then enjoyed a dinghy exploration trip. A pleasant evening, with a leisurely departure in the morning.
Stop 7: Turkey Island – Welaka
Murphy’s Creek is a nice side tributary that connects back to the main river – so we just continued the fun twisty journey in the morning.
Our next stop was an anchorage just north of Welaka just off Turkey Island.
With a bit of potential unsettled weather developing, we appreciated its protected reviews.
After a short cruise, we easily got anchored – and then dropped the dinghy towards the free city docks to go ashore.
At this point we’d been two nights at anchor without shore access, and were craving some walking.
There was also a single restaraunt in town not too far from the docks – Shrimps R Us & More – reviewed as a local favorite. I happen to love shrimp, and Chris is all about the ‘and more’.
Our lunch was simply amazing – probably some of the best shrimp and fish we’ve had in a while. This will be a must-stop on the return trip.
We also took off for a walk around town, and found the aquarium of the Welaka National Fish Hatchery, and enjoyed learning more about the critters that swim under our boat. Unfortunately, it looked like the actual hatchery was not operational.
A nice little stop for the evening, and great to get some shore time.
Stop 8: Black Point Anchorage
We were tempted to stay a second night in our nicely protected anchorage – but the unsettled weather reports were dissipating. We opted to continue on, as we’ve heard the scenery south of Lake George gets even better.
With only 2 weeks to do this cruise, we wanted to make sure we had plenty of time for the adventures ahead of us.
So we motored on to get closer to Lake George, which is best to cross in calm weather. It’s the second largest lake in Florida, and in windy or storm conditions can get quite choppy.
It was a tad windy still, so we found anchorage along a protected shore line to duck out of the gusts, and enjoyed a tranquil night on the hook at Black Point so we could cross in the morning.
With calm conditions in the morning, we started our Lake George crossing.
The tales from our final miles into Sanford will be in the next chapter.
Yup, we’re still in Sanford.
Those with more experience than us tell us that March is an ideal cruising month for experiencing spring time for the cruise back north. So we currently have a departure set for the first week, weather dependent.
By that time, we will have been in Sanford for four months. One of our longest stays ever in our 13 years of nomadic life. Sanford just kinda gets you that way.
Our time here has been anything but idle. We’ve tackled a plethora of boat projects and been catching up on overdue doctors visits. There’s been lots of visitors, and quality time with friends and family. Oh, and of course van shopping.
We also just this past week launched a brand new updated web design for our work site – MobileInternetInfo.com. This has been a HUGE work in progress for the past five months and it feels great to finally have it live to the world.
Go take a look, we’re pretty darn happy with the results!
Mobile. Connected. T-Shirt – Limited Edition
To celebrate the launch of the updated site, we’re offering a limited edition Mobile. Connected. T-shirt (a tradition we started with each launch of our book – The Mobile Internet Handbook – back in 2013).
The shirt is intended for anyone who utilizes technology to maintain a mobile lifestyle by RV and/or boat.
It’s available for pre-order though the end of this month.