S/V Delilah

A Blog to track the wanderings of the S/V Delilah, a 37-foot Tayana sailboat.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Change in plans

We're now in Vero Beach, FL. We're sharing a mooring ball with two other boats (only $10 per night!), one of which charters out of Gloucester. We've met up with quite a few New Englanders lately. Yesterday we were passed by a boat named "Boston Accent." There is no escaping.

We were going to go offshore today to Ft. Lauderdale, but we're going to meet friends from our old marina there, and they won't be down here (yes, we are finally starting to feel like we are here) until Sat. It's expensive there, and you cannot anchor if a mooring is available (and you are obliged to pay for moorings). It's warm and sunny here in Vero Beach, so we are going to take our time, catching up on errands today and following the ICW tomorrow instead.

Since we posted last week, we have not been onshore. At night we have been anchored in the Herb River, GA then sailed overnight offshore to Jacksonville, anchoring on the Tolamado river (for two nights), then near Daytona Beach, then again. We haven't been ashore for a week. Surprisingly, we're not that stir-crazy and we still enjoy each other's company.

The wildlife has been stunning. We see dozens of porpoises (we have been told by the family biologist that they are NOT dolphins) every day, some within feet of our boat. We've also seen a bald eagle, four roseate spoonbills, a few banded kingfishers, american oystercatchers, ospreys, herons, egrets, and thousands of pelicans, which plunge into the water head first at top speed. But we have yet to see a manatee.

We've also seen more than a dozen sunken and/or abandoned boats, presumably victims of past hurricanes. Creepy--and dangerous if you are outside the channel.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Sailor Jr said...

Hey Jill I heard you were up the mast again. How was the view? How is Santa Clause going to get in your boat. It's small and you don't have a chimney. And Santa always goes down the chimney! What do you think you want for Christmas? Please ask Dean too. Please write back, I'm waiting to hear from you. From Sailor Jr.

8:44 PM  
Anonymous sailor jr said...

Hey in case you dident know who Sailor J.R. is Here is a cloow.
She likes to play soccer and licks frosting of her finggers.

8:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the line about "Miss whatevers". and the fact that you thought the people were waving to you sailors. Tara G. was stranded in Chicago last night (returning from Melanie A.'s wedding in L.A.), so I had the unexpected pleasure of her visit. We meant to do a group post to your blog, but the taxi arrived too soon to take her back to the airport. Anyway, we spoke fondly of you and everyone we knew. XO Miss Berns

1:38 PM  

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