We cruise mostly to see things we haven’t seen before.
Well ok, that’s a lie. We cruise to get away from cold. And snow.
But once we got far enough south last year to feel like we weren’t in imminent danger of being killed by our environment, we began to notice things. New things. Fun things.
Pelicans as we approached the Chesapeake Bay; Dolphins in southern Virginia; The first (none-to-healthy) palm tree in North Carolina; Egrets in South Carolina; Armadillos on Cumberland Island in Georgia; Cactii on Cayo Costa in Florida…
Oh, and bridges. Short bridges which have to open if we’re to fit our 41’ sailboat beneath their spans. Bridges happen a lot on the ICW, and you’d think they’d become routine. No such luck. We’re getting better at it, we know the drill, and have some skills we didn’t have when we left Maine, but those opening bridges still cause the pulse to quicken, every time.
But that’s just part of getting around down here, as unavoidable as crossing the street. Which – after living life at 6 mph for a few weeks – is actually a pretty big thing. Cars move SO fast!
But here’s a little sample of what we saw at our last nature stop – Don Pedro State Park. Neat spot, and not too many people compared to most of Florida…
And did I mention it’s generally warm? Bonus points for that.