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November 17, 2008

Headed South Again

We have made good progress on our trip south and are now crossing the St Catherines Sound in Georgia. The weather has cooperated for the most part and today is sunny but a bit cool (55 degrees) and with the 15 knots of wind, the wind chill temp is 41 degrees. The sea state is calm so we are not doing the roll n’ roll.
Our stops along the way since we left Crisfield, MD were at New Point Comfort, Great Bridge by the ICW locks, Broad Creek, and the south end of the Alligator River. The weather forecast for the wind and waves on the Pamlico sound was not good so we decided to wait it out by taking a detour up the Pamlico River to Bath where we stayed at a free public dock, and then on to Washington, NC at another free dock. Both of these very old towns are very dead with empty storefronts and no activity. We came back down the Pamlico to Bear Creek to anchor and the next morning the weather had improved for the Pamlico sound crossing and the trip up the Neuse River past Beaufort, NC to Spooners Creek where we stayed in a slip at the newly rebuilt marina and condo complex.
We got acquainted with Rain (and her 6 cats!) and Mike Harry on their Hatteras 54”motor yacht Seawhisperer and we ended up being invited to a venison meatloaf dinner with them! They are doing some restoration and fix up of their boat and hope to be out cruising in the next few years.
Our next leg was to Mile Hammock Bay by Camp LeJeune and had to wait 2 hours because the Marines were conducting live fire exercises and the ICW goes right through the firing range! There were over a dozen boats waiting with us all anchored until the green range lights come on. We stopped at Carolina Beach, Lightkeepers Marina, Butler Island, and Harbor River before arriving at Charleston and the Ashley Marina where we took on 250 gallons of diesel at $2.90 per gallon. We went to Harris Teeter to provision and Sue did the laundry before we left at noon the next day for a short day trip to Toogoodoo Creek. Our next day was to Port Royal by Beaufort, SC and then onto the Sail Harbor Marina on Turner Creek south of Savannah where we met our good friend Terry Temperly. Terry had his boat Island Time up on the hard for some repairs and is planning to leave it there for the winter. The marina owner is Dick Long who was a finance guy at GE and in strategic planning at the same time I was. We had a nice discussion on GE careers and experiences. Terry joined us for a nice dinner of sautéed snow peas and special mashed potatoes that Terry fixed and my Bahamian style Mahi Mahi and we had a nice evening discussing our cruising lives.
Today we are anchored in the Wahoo River, which is where Sue had her “faux” heart attack 2 ½ years ago that turned out to be heartburn from my cooking! In spite of this memory it is a great anchorage and we like coming back here.

Posted by Dick at 09:18 PM

November 16, 2008

Moving South Again!

We have made good progress on our trip south and are now crossing the St Catherines Sound in Georgia. The weather has cooperated for the most part and today is sunny but a bit cool (55 degrees) and with the 15 knots of wind, the wind chill temp is 41 degrees. The sea state is calm so we are not doing the roll n’ roll.
Our stops along the way since we left Crisfield, MD were at New Point Comfort, Great Bridge by the ICW locks, Broad Creek, and the south end of the Alligator River. The weather forecast for the wind and waves on the Pamlico sound was not good so we decided to wait it out by taking a detour up the Pamlico River to Bath where we stayed at a free public dock, and then on to Washington, NC at another free dock. Both of these very old towns are very dead with empty storefronts and no activity. We came back down the Pamlico to Bear Creek to anchor and the next morning the weather had improved for the Pamlico sound crossing and the trip up the Neuse River past Beaufort, NC to Spooners Creek where we stayed in a slip at the newly rebuilt marina and condo complex.
We got acquainted with Rain (and her 6 cats!) and Mike Harry on their Hatteras 54”motor yacht Seawhisperer and we ended up being invited to a venison meatloaf dinner with them! They are doing some restoration and fix up of their boat and hope to be out cruising in the next few years.
Our next leg was to Mile Hammock Bay by Camp LeJeune and had to wait 2 hours because the Marines were conducting live fire exercises and the ICW goes right through the firing range! There were over a dozen boats waiting with us all anchored until the green range lights come on. We stopped at Carolina Beach, Lightkeepers Marina, Butler Island, and Harbor River before arriving at Charleston and the Ashley Marina where we took on 250 gallons of diesel at $2.90 per gallon. We went to Harris Teeter to provision and Sue did the laundry before we left at noon the next day for a short day trip to Toogoodoo Creek. Our next day was to Port Royal by Beaufort, SC and then onto the Sail Harbor Marina on Turner Creek south of Savannah where we met our good friend Terry Temperly. Terry had his boat Island Time up on the hard for some repairs and is planning to leave it there for the winter. The marina owner is Dick Long who was a finance guy at GE and in strategic planning at the same time I was. We had a nice discussion on GE careers and experiences. Terry joined us for a nice dinner of sautéed snow peas and special mashed potatoes that Terry fixed and my Bahamian style Mahi Mahi and we had a nice evening discussing our cruising lives.
Today we are anchored in the Wahoo River, which is where Sue had her “faux” heart attack 2 ½ years ago that turned out to be heartburn from my cooking! In spite of this memory it is a great anchorage and we like coming back here.

Posted by Dick at 03:17 PM