Changing the Scenery

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After two month of being tied to the dock at Jekyll Harbor Marina it was time to move and change the scenery.  We cast off Odyssey’s lines and were off on a mini cruise heading south across St Andrews Sound.

Jekyll Island to Plum Orchard

Working our way along the Brickhill River Ruth had her eye on the depth sounder and had slowed us to a crawl well before the depth alarm sounded at 6 feet under the hull.  Silting from a feeder stream had changed the channel and we picked our way through with only a foot of clearance.   A bit further on just west and south of the Plum Orchard dock we set the anchor and settled in for a few days of exploring on Cumberland Island National Seashore.

We’d changed the scenery in subtle but interesting ways.  At Jekyll Island we had boats passing close by and vista of open water and sky to the west.  Our dock and boats in slips was the constant view to the east.   Now, anchored in the Brickhill River, Odyssey changed direction four times a day and with each change in tide our view changed from a view out over the marsh at high tide to a view up to marsh land above as the water level dropped 8 feet to low tide.

Sandpiper with Mike and Martha aboard was anchored about 100 yards away.  They came over by dinghy to join us for dinner.  Friends from Jekyll, they had been at dock for an extended period and were excited about heading south for an extended cruise.  Like us, they were enjoying the feeling of being anchored out and having a different view.

Morning brought the expected cold, fog and rain.   It didn’t take long to tune the generator noise out as we settled in to enjoying activities we let accumulate in anticipation of a rainy day.  Outside it was cold and damp.  Inside, even in the cockpit we were comfortable.  Breaks from activities to look outside and check tide level and visibility occurred frequently not because of a concern about being at anchor, but rather enjoyment of watching the how the changing tide and weather subtly changed the outside view.

Booknet instead of Internet.

The next morning eavy fog slowly burned away.  Sandpiper was just raising their anchor when Ruth discovered the book she’d forgotten to give Martha.  Mike brought Sandpiper up close and Martha landed her first book via net.

A dinghy ride to shore and a walk across the island let us stretch muscles, enjoy a beach free of any man made tracks and do a bit of reconnaissance regarding biking.  Back aboard we pulled the anchor and took Odyssey to the dock to unload bikes.  Our adventures ashore can be found in Exploring Cumberland Island and Plum Orchard.

Two days later we brought Odyssey to the dock to pick up our bikes.  Heading back along the Brickhill River we anticipated encountering shallow water.  As the depth decreased we moved away from our incoming track toward where we thought the channel had moved.  We were wrong.  We were aground; not very hard aground—we’d been moving very slowly, but aground nevertheless on a falling tide.  With a bit of back and fill with the engines we worked ourselves off, found deep water and headed back to Jekyll.

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