Archive for June, 2016

Cool Thrills!

June 16th, 2016 by David Jones

Plan to get soaked!  This two-person catamaran boat ride called Backwater Adventures is good clean fun!  We took our teenager out the other day and joined Matt, our guide and a few other couples.  You navigate your own boat but stay in a group with three to six other boats while the guide boat takes you through the estuaries.  The boat skims along the surface at about 30 miles per hour (or as slow as you want to go)!  Matt took us to cool spots I’ve never seen before here on the island.  We went to about 3-4 different areas were dolphins were gathering, we saw the Dungeness Ruins on Cumberland Island from the water (beautiful), lots of water birds (even a Great Blue Heron) and stopped on Cumberland to walk around a bit.  The ride is exciting and relaxing at the same time and the scenery is spectacular!  Best of all you catch the ride down at the Marina, just seven blocks from the Blue Heron Inn!IMG_9085IMG_9064 IMG_9067

Fun Day on the Ferry

June 16th, 2016 by David Jones

If you haven’t ever taken the Mayport Ferry, also known as the Saint Johns River Ferry, across the St. John’s river from Fort George Island to Mayport — do it — you’re in for a trip!  David and I had a couple hours to kill (and we didn’t want to work) so we drove about 30 minutes south from the Blue Heron Inn down A1A to catch this car/passenger ferry.  It leaves about every 30 minutes so we didn’t have long to wait once we arrived.  I’ll have to admit it was cool watching all the cars and motorcycles loading up for the ten minute ride across the river.  Once we got across we hopped into Singleton’s Seafood Shak for a shrimp burger and delicious fried onion rings and conch fritters.  We sat outside on their docks and watched the pelicans do their thing.  There is also another cute seafood restaurant before you board the ferry called the Sand Dollar.  That’s for next time! IMG_9058 IMG_9057 IMG_9055