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Old 07-14-2015, 07:48 PM   #81
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not 100% sure but thinking either Dry Tortugas or part of a leg with some friends to the Exumas
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Old 07-14-2015, 08:53 PM   #82
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PS- Been on any cool trains lately?
Not lately. Three years ago rode on the White Pass from Skagway and before that on the former Santa Fe branchline to the Grand Canyon.

Small girder bridge in Martinez advertising the Grand Canyon route:

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Old 07-14-2015, 09:10 PM   #83
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After moving up to Jacksonville, I plan to take a long cruise South (up) the St. Johns to visit and fish some places I fished in the '60s. Then go up to hang out around Cumberland Island, St. Marys, and Fernandina Beach. We have been to all those places, but never really took a relaxing trip to them.

The marina has a pool, so that will be nice after a day working on the boat. I think we will like it there.

So, those are our plans for cruising the next several months. Slowing down to savor the area around Jax.
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Old 07-14-2015, 11:18 PM   #84
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After moving up to Jacksonville, I plan to take a long cruise South (up) the St. Johns to visit and fish some places I fished in the '60s. Then go up to hang out around Cumberland Island, St. Marys, and Fernandina Beach. We have been to all those places, but never really took a relaxing trip to them.

The marina has a pool, so that will be nice after a day working on the boat. I think we will like it there.

So, those are our plans for cruising the next several months. Slowing down to savor the area around Jax.
Always nice returning to places you've enjoyed but longed to see more of.
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Old 07-15-2015, 08:47 AM   #86
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Always nice returning to places you've enjoyed but longed to see more of.
So true. Ron on High Cotton, his Comano, do a great blog on their trip on the St. Johns. That got me thinking about it. Also, one of my grandsons is in College at St. Augustine. He has been bugging me about doing some surf fishing with him. So, I thought having him along on some of the cruising would be great. They do grow up so quickly. Here is a picture of him piloting Moonstruck with his younger brother (who is now playing football in the SEC) in the navigators chair. Notice how intent they are.

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Old 07-15-2015, 08:56 AM   #87
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So true. Ron on High Cotton, his Comano, do a great blog on their trip on the St. Johns. That got me thinking about it. Also, one of my grandsons is in College at St. Augustine. He has been bugging me about doing some surf fishing with him. So, I thought having him along on some of the cruising would be great. They do grow up so quickly. Here is a picture of him piloting Moonstruck with his younger brother (who is now playing football in the SEC) in the navigators chair. Notice how intent they are.
You did just hit upon something else we've found. Return somewhere with different people accompanying you and it's new all over again. As they enjoy it for the first time, you get to enjoy it fresh and new all over again.
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Next week- heading from Toms River NJ up to New York Harbor-then up the Hudson to explore Lake Champlain. On the return trip we are going to do some canal crawling on the Erie Canal before heading back South to Jersey.. Round trip 18/20 days.


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Old 07-15-2015, 09:31 AM   #89
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You did just hit upon something else we've found. Return somewhere with different people accompanying you and it's new all over again. As they enjoy it for the first time, you get to enjoy it fresh and new all over again.
The double plus is taking my grandson up the rivers like the Wekiva that I fished while in college. I would take my little 8' plywood pram, throw it on the top of my Corvair, load the 3 hp Ted Williams air cooled outboard and head to the river. Going up to those spots with him along in the dinghy will just be a special thing for me. The fact that he wants to hang out with Grandad is awesome.

Taking friends along on trips does make it seem almost new to me. I had occasion last weekend to visit with a friend I have known since first grade elementary. He has multiple myeloma with a grim prognosis. He mentioned several times the boat trips they had made with us (the last one being to Ft. Lauderdale). They really did seem to create special memories for him. When we were in several great stops eating at great restaurants, he would often say, "when we were starting elementary school did you ever think we would be doing this". I would always answer. "oh yeah, it was in the plan all along". It was just an inside joke that we shared in many different places.
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Old 07-19-2015, 01:14 PM   #90
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Oriental, Beaufort, Cape Lookout next week...>

Really looking forward to Cape Lookout...supposedly one of the nicest anchorages on the East Coast!
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Old 07-19-2015, 01:24 PM   #91
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Oriental, Beaufort, Cape Lookout next week...>

Really looking forward to Cape Lookout...supposedly one of the nicest anchorages on the East Coast!
As long as the weather holds, Cape Lookout will not disappoint. Truly one of the great anchorages.
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Old 07-19-2015, 01:57 PM   #92
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Leaving here midweek for Desolation and a noodle to points north/west of there. Back the second week of September to put the grandson back in school.
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Well, this was a long trip, not. Just on the way home from a two day trip to West Palm. Still we had a wonderful time.
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Old 07-19-2015, 02:28 PM   #94
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I am so looking forward to getting out of here on Tuesday and joining my wife & friends as they explore the coast of Turkey. This is this general area.
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AusCan, when do you get out of there for good?

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I work a 28 days on/28 off rotation. I usually fly home to Australia, but do the occasional diversion like this trip. Retirement in a couple years, depending on how much I spend on boats.
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Friday begins a 5 (maybe 4) day cruise from Nashville, TN to Memphis, TN. We'll do stints on the Cumberland, Tennessee, Ohio, and Mississippi Rivers. This will be my 10 year old son's first long cruise and I told him to bring The Adventures of Tom Sawyer to read on the trip
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Friday begins a 5 (maybe 4) day cruise from Nashville, TN to Memphis, TN. We'll do stints on the Cumberland, Tennessee, Ohio, and Mississippi Rivers. This will be my 10 year old son's first long cruise and I told him to bring The Adventures of Tom Sawyer to read on the trip
My estimates are 150-160 nm to the Ohio, 40-50 then to the Mississippi and 220 down to Memphis, so about 420 nm. Is that about right? Sounds like a nice trip.

That's another area we can't wait to explore. Any special reason to Memphis?

We're exploring Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Cape Cod, Boston, Buzzard's Bay for the next couple of weeks.
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