Back in May, my husband and I spent a week at Amelia Island for JSConf, at which he spoke. I, on the other hand, did what I do best: explore my surroundings with a camera in one hand and food in the other. Luckily, JSConf aided my daily adventures by offering a significant others’ track of activities. That track included a cruise down the Amelia River led by Pajama Dave. I wish I had pictures to record how awesome Pajama Dave is, but all I can say is the man can rock a pair of Bud Light PJ pants while providing quite the entertaining river cruise. I’m not sure which is the greater feat.
But you came here for pictures, didn’t you? The boat loads close to the “Caution: Manatee Area” sign at the downtown Fernandina Beach marina.
We took the Cumberland Island Cruise, which takes about two hours in all. Loading is fast and the tour is mostly shaded but bring some sunscreen just in case.
We passed a sawmill and a street full of oleander that Dave was sure to tell us was popular for poisoning husbands in tea form back in the day. All along the way, dolphins frolicked around us, though it took me until near the end of the cruise to snap their pictures successfully.
No manatee sightings, but I’ll recover from that injustice. The first point of interest for me was the historic Fernandina Beach neighborhood, Old Town Fernandina, where the Timucua American Indians settled and the first European invaders came around 1811. It wasn’t the history that caught my attention, however. It was the house used in the filming of 1989’s the New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking! Appealing to my 80’s childhood is a surefire way to my heart.by