Continuing our recent theme of holiday decorations, this exhibit was quintessential Florida holiday décor. Who else could have a holiday exhibit featuring an alligator, frog, possum and Snoopy in a canoe?
The most spectacular holiday lights we've seen belong to this sprawling mansion. While the backyard enjoys magnificent ocean views. The front yard was decorated to the delight of all the locals. Every tree was lit. It was truly amazing.
The holiday season in Florida always seems a bit strange. Something about Christmas trees in the windows and palm trees outside the windows just does not quite make sense, But you must give Floridians credit. They love to decorate and always enjoy a good parade.
At the marina is Tropical Breeze. We would be the boat without the giant Santa Claus hanging from the rigging.
The parade in this case was a golf cart parade. Most of the carts, dogs and owners all decked out in holiday finest.
Sometimes you manage to hit the tides on the waterway just right. As we left the dock and cruised south the tides pulled us along nicely. For most of our several day journey we were traveling over 7 knots with the peak of 8.3 knots. That made quick work of our travels. We even logged a 66 statute mile day which is pretty remarkable for the shortened fall days. We soon found ourselves in Daytona Beach traversing the bridges. One of them was limited to opening just one span which always seems a little scary but there was plenty of room.
Further down the ICW we found a boat hard aground with not much hope of righting itself anytime soon. While this is unfortunate for the boat owner, it leaves clear indication of where the shoal spots are just outside the channel.
The Captain has many responsibilities on board the Breezer and on Farmer's Market Day he has the roll of carrying all my provisioning purchases. The St. Augustine Farmer's Market was excellent. Vendors offered farm fresh eggs, fresh produce, local seafood, citrus, baked goods and more. I stocked up on lots of good stuff - and some healthy stuff too.
Back at the local supermarket, I thought I had been transported back to my childhood when I found Franken Berry cereal on the store shelf. Wow! I haven't seen that in too many years to count.