Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Fernandina Beach


We wound up spending four nights here, waiting for nasty weather to pass. Fortunately, tornado warnings did not materialize into "Oh my we're in Kansas" events. We did a lot of window shopping, as the town seems established to cater to the wealthy guests of nearby Amelia Island Plantation. We had great pizza at Arte Pizza, and bought incredibly fresh shrimp at the Atlantic Seafood Market right by the marina. We sat with Maj-Lis and Don on Blue Blazer and walked them through the crossing to the Bahamas and the Abacos. We also went to the Museum (not free) which was interesting but the docent tour was disappointing to me. Apparently Fernandina was once a beach destination for the African Americans, before integration, and the blacks were instrumental in inventing shrimping methods that have survived. Nothing was mentioned about any of this during the tour.

We plan to continue down the ICW to St. Augustine as fierce winds and big seas prevent us from the overnight to get there that we had anticipated. Ugh. More ICW.
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