It's December and we're wearing shorts and T-shirts, yippee. The approach to Fernandina isn't exactly inspiring: Two big paper mills dominate the Skyline making you feel as though you're sailing into an industrial estate but the small town itself is utterly charming, historic by American standards and very friendly. It sits on another barrier island called Amelia Island and, as with Cumberland Island, has a long, pristine beach but there the similarity ends as this is developed. The author Stephen King and a couple of others have beach homes here, all very upmarket.
Sadly Paul's flying trip didn't come to pass but the couple did show us the sights by road instead. We've also bumped into a British boat we last saw in Annapolis and joined them for dinner last night.
Today we've cycled the 10 miles round trip to Fort Clinch, built by the Yankees in the mid eighteen hundreds. It never actually saw active service and is consequently very well preserved. Interesting to see.
We're leaving here at 1am tomorrow morning to get down to St Augustine in a good weather window so will try to get a few hours sleep now in readiness!