Thursday, May 12, 2016

Back to Jax

We pulled our anchor and left Morrison Island Monday morning and headed down the river. We anchored briefly in Lake George (a very wide section of the river) and dinghied in to Silver Glen Springs. Several boats were anchored near the spring in beautiful clear water. Unlike Blue Springs, this area did not offer easy access by dinghy so we looked around a bit and then headed back to our mother ships.

Getting the camera ready
Then... I got sick. 'Nuf said.  When I don't have any interest in reading, eating, or photography, it's serious. I regained consciousness a couple days later, having slept most of that time. By then we had anchored near Palatka one night, and then pulled into nearby Boathouse marina the next morning. 

We walked around town a little bit in the evening and admired some of the numerous murals on downtown buildings. You can see the complete collection here.  We learned that Billy Graham was baptized in Palatka, which is commemorated in one of the murals. Dinner was at Florida's oldest diner,  Angel's Dining Car, parked in Palatka since 1932. I wasn't up for the huge burgers, unfortunately.

Yesterday we covered the remaining miles to Ortega Landing marina. Exploring the St. Johns was a wonderful experience- much different than anything else we've seen in Florida. We will be here at Ortega a few more days. Tomorrow we will fly back home and then drive to Alton, IL on Saturday for the Great River Photo Shootout event. Then back to the Quad Cities on Sunday for our grandson's 2nd birthday and family time. We will be back here on Monday to cruise a few more days, taking Mara Beel to her summer home.

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