Whew.. lots of recent excitement over adding the Travato to our nomadic fleet this month.
But we still have lots of cruising travel stuff to catch you up on to get us to Georgia!
So lets do the time warp back to March…
Here’s a rather lengthy video at 26 minutes that wraps up the 12-day cruise back to Jacksonville with pretty scenery, new anchorages and a report on the performance of temporary pool noodle mounted solar panel installation:
This post will be rather lacking in comparative details.
Aside from picking a few new to us anchorages that we missed on the first trip, some fresh green spring growth on the trees, Kiki having her first cat-overboard adventure in alligator infested waters (she’s fine – humans still overprotective) and a batty visitor – it’s basically the same cruise in reverse.
That’s not to say its boring in any respect – we absolutely love this cruise and the amazing remote anchorages and side creeks to explore. We so wish we had more time to have taken it even slower.
It’s magical and we highly recommend any cruiser take the time to explore the St. Johns River.
But there’s just not really anything new to share that we haven’t already.
So here’s some photos:
St. Johns River (northbound) Stats:
- Total Cruising Nautical Miles: 134.7
- Nights on the Trip: 12 (11 anchored out, one at a free dock)
- Engine Hours: 22.1
- Generator Hours: 23.7
With our temporary 720w solar panel installation, we reduced our generator hours from an average of 4.3 hours a day to 2.0, as compared from our southbound St. Johns River cruise in October.
We had a month in Jacksonville where we had all 1440w of solar permanently installed, and then cruised another 100 miles north and finally left the state of Florida after 2 years of cruising on Y-Not.
We just wrapped up a month in Brunswick, GA – and are now putzing our way along north.
It’s been dreadfully unseasonably hot with temps reaching into the 100s (which may account for my lack of energy to expand this post any further). There are downsides to this slooper pace and not following the weather.
We have no idea where we our next major stop will be – but we’ll continue to enjoy checking out small coastal towns until the next one captivates us for a spell (or we give in for unlimited air conditioning).
Hurricane season is of course soon upon us, and we’re now out of Florida. But that in no way exempts us from participating this year. The entire east coast and gulf coast is at risk. Who knows, we may find safe(r) storage later this summer and return to RVing. Or not.
We’ve really given up on this ‘planning’ thing.