Awake before dawn on Tuesday — a good start for a short roadtrip! When Katy was with us we had talked about bopping up to Amelia Island and making a circle route through St. Augustine and considering all the other things we wanted to do with here that idea fell flat. This was our opportunity to see one more spot in Florida about which we’d been curious so we took advantage.
Amelia Island might not be our normal hangout but it’s popular island with a very cute historic district — Fernandina Beach. It’s easy to see spending a few days browsing the shops and galleries. We weren’t here long and we couldn’t resist a couple of the galleries — even without any available wall space on which to hang new art.
There’s a lovely marina, with a river cruise excursion boat that does regular narrated tours. There is plenty of mooring space for those arriving by boat, and there are kayak rentals available as well as jet-ski rentals as well.
The beaches on Amelia Island are absolutely gorgeous with incredibly white sand. If I was a beach-lounger I could see spending hours and hours on the beach soaking up the sun. Alas — in recent years I have not found sunning to be the same relaxing kick it once was — but I can still appreciate a splendid beach!
While in Fernandina Beach we stopped for a bite of fresh seafood at the Salty Pelican Grill & Bar. On a weekday at noon it wasn’t all that busy but the food was tasty and fresh and sitting on the patio on the second floor we had a great view of the harbor.
From Fernandina Beach we took A1A to the south end of the island where we hopped on the Jacksonville Ferry ($6.00 for car and riders) for a 10 minute ride across the St. Johns River. The ride from there to St. Augustine was short and we got settled into our hotel in short order. For dinner we opted to find a place that we could walk to so we chose Barnacle Bill’s Seafood Restaurant. Fresh Mahi and Fresh Flounder filled our tummies and the Pina Colada cake wasn’t half bad either.
This hasn’t been the winter we expected but it’s still been fun! We didn’t end up in New Mexico, we didn’t end up volunteering for the Ocala National Forest. We didn’t end up with the temps that we would have liked — but — Boy Oh, we have had fun. I think we’ll end up having driven the car about 2700 miles since arriving in Florida. The coach has put on about 110 miles since January — going back and forth to RV dealers while we were living in Ocala — but the reward for that ‘extra’ mileage was getting some annoying little repairs taken care of that have been on our hit list for a few months.
All in all I’d say we have had a pretty decent winter. I don’t know how soon or whether we might return to Florida. It’s not exactly our kind of state — we feel comfortable saying that now. There is a top notch coach remodeler here — we might end up returning to have work done on our floor at some point but that needn’t bee an entire winter. But, our time here is running down and we’re glad to have been here.
Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll be here to chat again tomorrow.