Well – we’re still here in Darien, Georgia. Friendly people, free dockage, several nice restaurants, and another fort! Originally we were told the first 48-hours on the city dock were free. Did I mention, that includes 30-amp electric and water (sorry no restrooms, showers, pump-out, or WiFi). Now we find out that since the office is closed on weekends, there is no charge for continuing to stay Saturday and Sunday. There is just no incentive to move on – maybe tomorrow.
Just to prove this is a really small world, we met the dockmaster here at Darien, Dave Butler. Turns out, Dave had lived in Naples quite a few years ago, and was an avid sailor. In fact, Dave was a charter member of CMCS! He and a friend drove up to Fort Myers Beach back in the early 1970’s to club meetings. He also had won the Everglades City Race a couple times. Dave is now retired, after a 15-year stint in Arizona, and lives in Darien because it is a central location for seeing his kids. His part-time job is the city dockmaster. That said – any of you CMCS’ers that happen up this way, you really should take the 8-mile detour off the ICW to Darien.
We also met a really nice couple on a trawler docked right next to us – Jim & June from Jupiter, Florida (I know – too many J’s – but we can’t hold that against them.). Friday evening Paula and I went to a wine tasting at the local gourmet wine & cheese shop (with live music) with Jim & June. And then to a late dinner back at Skipper’s Fish Camp, again with Jim & June.
Today we walked down to explore the Fort King George with Jim & June. The state has a nice little museum and a great restoration of the fort. Not just a ruin like we’ve seen at other locations. Construction was started on Fort King George in 1721. Altho this fort never saw any battles, it and Fort Frederica (see May 16th) were British strongholds against Spanish encroachment from the South and French encroachment from the West. This is also where a boatload of Scottish Highlanders called home starting in 1736 when General James Oglethorpe brought them here.
Finally, still with Jim & June, we eat a large late lunch at the Purple Pickle, which is just down from First Georgia Hardware (you guessed it – this was the first hardware store in Georgia). The food was excellent. I highly recommend the Chicken & Waffle Sandwich (I kid you not.). And guys, you’d love this hardware store.