Moondance anchored off Cumberland Island, GA
Moondance anchored off Cumberland Island

We ended up staying at Golden Isle Marina until Sunday morning.  It was just too cold to travel!  We left the marina at just before high tide with a spectacular spin off the dock.  The dockmaster (Melissa was great!) held our bow line while the stern swung around in the current so we were facing the right way.  The wind is almost not a factor when the currents are so strong.

It was very windy so the stretch below Jekyll Island was rather exciting.  There is a long shoal that reaches out into St. Andrews sound that makes you go out the inlet a few miles to a sea buoy before turning safely into shore.  Wind against the tide made it very bouncy–thankfully, it was only for a short time.  We were also very happy to have our full cockpit enclosure to protect us from the cold air and salty sea spray.

We anchored off of Cumberland Island and we were the only boat there.  Where is everyone?  Probably at a dock with electricity for heat!  I used the oven for the first time to cook dinner which warmed up the cabin.  We had a feast–turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and broccolini.  We also used a catalytic heater (used by campers) that kept us toasty as the temperature dropped below 40 degrees at night.
Catalytic heater keeps us warm
Catalytic (propane) heater

Today was a spectacular day on Cumberland Island.  We took Bailey ashore in the morning for one of his favorite pastimes–a run on the beach.  This is one of my favorite places.  I love the unspoiled beaches, shady live oak trees covered with moss and plenty of wildlife to look for.  I took almost 100 photos today!  We saw lots of sea life on the beach.  The island is populated with wild horses, deer, turkeys and armadillos!  We spotted 2 armadillos chasing each other in the brush.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of these!
Armadillo–very funny looking creatures!

Tasty moss
Tasty Moss

Happy cruisers
Happy Cruisers!

Leaf pair
Leaf Pair

Bailey loves fetching a stick
Bailey loves fetching a stick
Oaks covered with moss
Paths through oak trees covered with moss

Tomorrow, we’ll cross into Florida and make our way towards St. Augustine.