May 10th: Fernandina Beach

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Fernandina Beach Ice Cream

From Kingsley Plantation we had a lovely motorsail up to Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island. The tides in this area have about a 6-foot range. To sailors from Fort Myers, that are accustom to 2-foot tides, that is a lot. The wild thing is how fast the tidal currents run. With our shallow draft Gemini, we usually pay little attention to the tide on the West coast of Florida. Over here on the East coast we’re always checking the tides. This gives a person better understanding of that age old saying “Time and tide waits for no man.”

The city marina at Fernandina Beach has a small mooring field, so that is where we headed. Fernandina Beach also has a fantastic and quaint downtown. Tons of little shops and local restaurants. A farmers’ market on Saturdays – hey, that’s tomorrow. We found a fantastic little seafood place, called Timoti’s Seafood Shack. It’s Vetter Recommended. The place had to be good because it seemed like everyone there, other than us, we’re locals. Oh yes – as you can probably tell by the photo – we also found good ice cream. Got to have your priorities.

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