|Hotel Alcazar Original Pool|
We had a fun time yesterday (Sunday) during our 1-day weather delay; we went into old St. Augustine and did the tourista thing with Kathy – eating lunch at the historic Hotel Alcazar building (once home of the world’s largest indoor swimming pool, which now hosts the Café Alcazar restaurant and the Lightner Museum.) We also did a lot of walking in the historic Lincolnville District, or put another way, Rick got conned into a geo-caching exercise with Kathy and Michelle.
|From Pool to Restaurant|
We slept late the next day, made final departure preparations and tossed off the lines around 1345 on Monday 27-Jun. The exit via the St. Augustine inlet was straightforward and uneventful thanks to a high tide and very benign conditions on the outside…although it’s notable that charts do not depict the channel markers, as they get moved around a lot to accommodate the constant shoaling there. In good visibility (daylight) it's fine, but otherwise the interval and size of the markers would be challenging to pick up. The channel also extends to nearly 2NM offshore before you can be sure you’re in deep enough water to make the turn north.
|Harbor Town Lighthouse from the FB|
|Harbor Town Marina from the FB|
Then it was bath time – both for the boat and ourselves – followed by an afternoon of the usual boat chores and casual distractions. We also hung out here again on Wednesday 29-Jun to explore the local area, and lunched on fresh grouper and shrimp before the TRWs moved in.
Exactly when we depart for Edisto will depend on when we can find a suitable weather window, and right now we're sandwiched between a nearby cold front and an upper level trough (which are occasionally triggering some severe cells) -- and the so-called experts can't seem to discern where they're going or when. In cases like this it's best to wait until the next morning to see what's cooking out there.