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Some of you may know that we're moving (with ADVENTURES) out to the Pacific Northwest in the spring so we can cruise the San Juans and Alaska for a few years.  So this trip down the east coast is the last one for a very long time, and that makes it somewhat bittersweet.  We've been savoring familiar places and stopping at some new spots that we always said "next time...".  We're calling this "Southbound: The Farewell Tour".

pelicans

The first time we see pelicans when we're southbound is right where the Potomac River meets the Chesapeake Bay, but the white pelicans don't appear until southern Georgia and northern Florida.

We stopped in Brunswick, GA for fuel at the commercial dock (they have the best price and fresh fuel), and were surrounded by shrimp boats.  It's a real shame that I don't like seafood!

shrimper

It was heartbreaking to pass by Cumberland Island - which has become one of our favorite places, but we've spent so much time there that we wanted to try a new spot - Fernandina Beach, right across the Florida border.  It should come as no surprise that the town's mascot is the shrimp...

fernandina mascot

It's a sweet little town with cute shops, nice cafes and restaurants, and Victorian homes on streets with canopies of live oaks and Spanish moss.  There are also paper mills on either side of the town, but it's easy to forget they're there.  The weekend we visited they had a fishing tournament, an international Petanque tournament (similar to bocce), and a real old-fashioned All American Veterans Day parade.  The parade was fabulous - with bands and fire trucks, girl scouts and boy scouts, monster trucks, a motorized sofa (you can't make this stuff up!) and the Shriners with their crazy cars.

veterans shriner cars

People lined the streets and we all cheered and clapped for the veterans of all ages that paraded by, and everyone had tears in their eyes at the veteran's memorials.  We can never thank these people enough for their service and their sacrifice.

The town also holds a Farmer's Market every Saturday, so we stocked up on beautiful veggies, local honey, and some fresh baked foccacia.

farmers market

We had a lovely little pause in Fernandina Beach and now we understand why it's such a cruiser-friendly spot.  Next stop - playing tourist in St. Augustine!

 


 
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