Yes, we’re still alive.

I haven’t been posting weekly like I try to do, but all is well.  I’ve just been a bit unmotivated.  Cruising during Covid is not nearly as fun.  We keep to ourselves and we limit our outings.  We don’t eat out in restaurants, we don’t poke around in shops, and we don’t go to museums.  Basically we aren’t any different than people living on land who take this virus seriously, with the exception of the fact that we are sitting on a 30 foot boat instead of in a larger dwelling.

Frankly, during our trip to Connecticut in mid-September for medical appointments we came thisclose to bringing the boat north, putting it on the hard, and just living in a rental for the winter.  The Bahamas weren’t looking like a viable option and we couldn’t get excited about spending the winter in Florida.

We actually made a lot of inquiries to various rental properties and we went to see an apartment in West Hartford.  At 600 square feet it seemed HUGE!  That’s what spending two years on a 30 foot boat will do to your perspective.  Ultimately, however, we found we had started looking for academic rentals (which typically run from September to May) a bit too late in the season, so we couldn’t find a place we wanted that fit in our budget.

Secondarily to the rental hurdle, the idea of heading north with the boat in late September/early October felt a bit daunting given that we knew the weather would be turning soon.  So we turned our sights towards heading south again for the winter.  One thing we know for certain about our future cruising plans: we will definitely be spending next summer on Pegu Club in New England, so if we decide after that to take a break we’ll be in a much better position to make it work.

So when I left off in the last non-budget blog post we were in an anchorage just north of Oriental, NC with VERY poor cell service.  After spending a few days watching movies on the laptop and eating popcorn while waiting out a small blow, we moved over to the free dock in Oriental where we spent our permitted 48 hours enjoying the small town atmosphere.  We rode the free bicycles to The Piglet (a smaller Piggly Wiggly) to restock groceries, and also stopped at a new place for us – Endurance Seafood – where we picked up fresh-off-the-boat shrimp for $5/pound.

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The Piglet sells these t-shirts -I barely resisted the temptation to buy one.

Endurance Seafood makes it sound like an actual business establishment.  In reality it was two guys sitting on the front porch of a house with a dry-erase board showing what was available and the price.  Adding a bit of local color were two snarling, barking German Shepherds next door ready to tear our legs off if they could just bust through the fence.  It was an experience.  But the shrimp was great, and we would definitely take our chances with the dogs again in the future!

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Someone left these rocks on the Adirondack chairs looking out over the Neuse. So cute.

It’s interesting.  When we first stopped in Oriental we liked it, but we were a bit underwhelmed given how much we had heard about it.  Bearing in mind that it was less than two months after they had been hit by Hurricane Michael, we gave it another try the following spring and started to understand the love for the place.  Now it’s not even a question of whether we’ll stop there.  We simply do, and it’s something we very much look forward to.

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Enjoying a Diet Coke in honor of my dad on his birthday.

Next up, a new place for us: New Bern, NC.

10 thoughts on “Yes, we’re still alive.

  1. Hi Kimberly,
    Sorry you are starting to despair. Have a cocktail, watch a sunset and count your excellent, good fortune to be out on the water.
    We will be in our new digs in St. Augustine around early December. Let us know if you’re nearby and we can hook up.
    Norman

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    1. Hi Norman – No worries – we are definitely counting our good fortune! 🙂 We are hoping to be in the Bahamas by early December (and are already south of St. Augustine) but we would love to get together when we are in St. Augustine again – likely next fall unless for some reason we don’t go outside on our trip north in the spring. Good luck with the move! Kimberly

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  2. Hey Ya’ll……don’t forget Rich Inlet on the way down if it presents itself……after a few days on the ICW it is a nice stop. Remember its the Bahamas in North Carolina! LOL! Be safe and have fun!…..bud

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  3. love the piglet shirt. And your decision to move on. It was hard but now you are on your way. Glad you are well and safe, love you

    On Mon, Oct 26, 2020 at 2:08 PM Adventures on the Club wrote:

    > Kimberly posted: “I haven’t been posting weekly like I try to do, but all > is well. I’ve just been a bit unmotivated. Cruising during Covid is not > nearly as fun. We keep to ourselves and we limit our outings. We don’t > eat out in restaurants, we don’t poke around in shop” >

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  4. A wrenching comment: “Basically we aren’t any different than people living on land who take this virus seriously, with the exception of the fact that we are sitting on a 30 foot boat instead of in a larger dwelling.” Ouch.

    I hadn’t thought about the lack of poking around, whether you spend money or not. You’re right, though – a significant part of the fun of cruising is actually exploring local spots. Big sigh.

    Here’s hoping we share an anchorage, likely in New England, next summer.

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    1. Big sigh is right. But things will improve at some point, and there will be lots of uninhabited spots for us to explore in the Bahamas this winter. I would love to share an anchorage this summer – can’t wait! Kimberly

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