Great Loop: Up to Palm Coast

Days 29-31: February 15-17, 2023

Traveling to New Smyrna

We had a nice travel day from Titusville to New Smyrna via the Indian River. One of the interesting points of the trip was Haulover Canal, which is a ~5-mile man-made canal connecting the Indian River Lagoon to the Mosquito Lagoon. The name ‘Haulover’ comes from pre-canal times when Native Americans and early settlers carried canoes and small boats across land to get from one body of water to the other. The canal is now a popular spot to view manatees as they congregate in the warmer, shallower waters of the canal. We saw many though they are still camera shy!

We continued along the Intracoastal Waterway seeing the Goodyear Blimp on its way to the Daytona 500 (we cruised on past that likely crowded destination) as well as a few interesting houses and finally a couple sailboats that had seen better days.

New Smyrna

We made it! After anchoring and rafting, we popped over to the nearby Riverview Hotel & Restaurant for some bites and drinks. They had a dock to pull up the dinghy and a great view as well. Tonia, Mayli and Annette took a short stroll from the restaurant to the Atlantic beach side to check it out. They’d hoped to hit up a sweets shop though it closed earlier than posted. They did, however, find some alternate Treats on the Beach. 😉

While in New Smyrna, Tonia was able to reconnect with Cindy — a colleague from her former job and a PM (passionate mom). She treated us to beignets that were especially delicious!! She likened them to the best in New Orleans so we are looking forward to this on the future stop on the trip. It was a short visit though packed with memories, catching up (she shared her grandkitty Smush), and recalling how inspirational each was to the other. At the end, Cindy took us on a brief tour of the Riverview Hotel Spa where she works with its waterfall and heated pools! Luxurious!

Hammock Beach in Palm Coast

Our next stop was Hammock Beach Marina, which had added privileges to the resort on the Atlantic side. The resort had a waterslide for the kids, a lazy river, multiple pools, and beach access, along with golf and more. We were able to get a bit of relaxation poolside, some gelato, and a stroll along the beach. When we were leaving the crew for Dale Earnhardt Jr. was setting up for his arrival to promote his vodka brand.

European Village

Before heading out on departure day, we trekked over to a “European Village” with Mayli and Annette. Except it was too early in the morning and only a barber shop was open. Annette was quite disappointed that the cafe with boba tea did not open until 11am. We walked around a bit and then headed back to the boats to head out for the day. At least we got our steps in!

Day 29 Trip Details:
Titusville, US to New Smyrna Beach, US
Time: 4 h 58 m (10:09 to 15:08)
Distance: 33.93 nm

Day 30 Trip Details:
New Smyrna Beach, US to Bon Terra, US
Time: 5 h 11 m (09:41 to 14:53)
Distance: 37.04 nm

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