Katrissa Album: December 2006

December 5, 2006, Amelia River, FL

After a few days in Brunswick, GA, we moved on to Florida.

First stop was a very nice anchorage near Fernandina Beach in the Amelia River. Not much room for more than one boat, but fortunately, we were the only ones there.

Except, that is, for this poor guy who's motor had stopped and he had to find another way to get home!

December 9, 2006, Jacksonville Beach, FL

Wanda needs her hobbies, so on the boat she does bead work. Here she is doing beads, making a necklace.

Maybe later we can have a picture of the finished product.

December 11, 2006, St. Augustine, FL

Yesterday, we arrived in St. Augustine, FL. They call themselves the 'ancient city', and it is considered the oldest city in the USA.

It's easy to see why we consider it one of the 'must stops' on the Waterway.

This is Flagler College, earlier a hotel, built by one of the founders of Standard Oil.

December 11, 2006, St. Augustine, FL

In 1835, during one of the wars that were fought with the Seminole Indians of northern Florida, 108 men were killed in a battle.

They were buried under these three coquina stone pyramids in a ceremony marking the end of the conflict.

As usual, there was more fighting. The other graves are from as recently as WWII.

December 11, 2006, St. Augustine, FL

Here is the city hall, another example of the beautiful, predominantly Spanish, achitecture of St. Augustine.

December 14, 2006, Indian River, FL

Our guide books say that this is one of the few rookeries for the White Pelican.

We really enjoy watching them and their Brown Pelican cousins as they dive for fish. They seem quite graceful while in the air, and then, as they hit the water, it's nothing but a great CRASH with water flying everywhere. If they happen to catch something, and that doesn't happen all the time, they tip their head to one side and down to let the water drain from their beak, and then swallow the catch whole.

Sometimes this all has to be done while they are being hassled by smaller birds trying to steal the catch.

We hope later to get a picture of that, but the photographer needs a little more practice :-)

December 15, 2006, Indian River, FL

This is a sight that we've seen quite often in the last couple of days. It seems that this boat, traveling around 8 or 9 knots, creates a wave that really appeals to the dolphins.

This is a group of 5 -- we've seen as many as eight at one time. They dive, jump, roll, swerve from side to side, exchange places, and seem to surf the wave for up to 10-15 minutes at a time!!

Really enjoyable to watch!

December 15, 2006, Indian River, FL

After taking about 40 pictures, I finally got one as it was starting (finishing?) it's jump.

December 16, 2006, Cocoa Village, FL

We've anchored a number of times so far this year, but this is the first time on this trip that we launched the dinghy.

That means we had our first chance to take a picture of Katrissa at anchor.

December 25, 2006, Davenport, FL

We arrived in Vero Beach, FL on the 17th and spent a few days visiting with friends that we made here on our previous trip in 2002 and again in 2003. Then we took a car inland to spend Christmas with Wanda's mom and her husband.

This is the famous dog "Harley", who is very special to Bob and Betty, and is always pampered and the centre of attention. A friend has said, "When I die, I want to come back as Betty's dog!".