October 30, 2021
We left St. Augustine as soon as it was possible to cross through the Bridge of Lions. Most of the busy bascule bridges don’t allow openings until after the morning rush hour traffic is complete.
One of the things that we found the most intriguing about the Intracoastal Waterway is the ability to travel just a few miles and find ourselves among million dollar mansions and just a bit farther some funky restaurants and fishing shops and then, not a single building in sight but some amazing wildlife! We had dolphins guiding us, rays jumping out of the water, a few manatees and every kind of bird imaginable.
Our next anchorage was to be another pre-civil war fort, Fort Matanzas. This tiny fort was up the ICW in a small river and would provide some protection from wind and waves.
The water was a bit shallow here, we quickly found 5 1/2 feet of depth under our 6 1/2 foot keel. But we backed off into a better depth and got settled for the night.
The next morning we left our quiet anchorage headed for the bright lights and many bridges of Daytona Beach.