We've spent three years cruising to the Bahamas on Pegu Club, our Bristol 29.9. Time to switch it up a bit and head to Southern California for the winter, tent camping our way across the United States.
After a short haulout at Cobb’s Marina in Norfolk where we gave Pegu Club two fresh coats of bottom paint (please let this paint last for two years!), we shoved off on a windless day. After the shitshow that was our trip from Mobjack Bay to Norfolk, that was more than fine with us. Dolphins entertained us as we motored towards mile marker zero on the ICW, and we cheered as we passed it for our third trip south.
It might be because we have finally gained the experience to pick our weather windows, but the trip so far has been our smoothest and best one yet. The Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds were calm, and we’ve seen tons of wildlife – bald eagles, turtles sunning on logs, a huge snake swimming through the water (I thought it was a large branch at first until I saw it undulating), and a small Kermit-green frog even hitched a ride until Jeff discovered him on the side deck as we were leaving the anchorage and used a winch to poke him back into the water.
I forgot to mention in the last post that on our way from Deltaville to Hampton, a yellow warbler came and joined us for a little while.The winds were in the high teens and all of a sudden this cute little bird landed on our coaming next to where I was sitting.We figured he was looking for a break from the wind.He hopped off the coaming and onto my leg, and then onto my arm.I don’t think he realized that I wasn’t a piece of furniture, and I stayed stock still.
He flew inside the cabin, much to our dismay, but then a few minutes later he flew out and tried to land on the engine shift lever.That didn’t give him enough grip, so he headed for the other coaming when – WHOOSH! – he got a bit too close to the wind and he blew away.Poor little thing.I wish I had my camera.He was really quite cute.Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.
We had a good trip to Connecticut, albeit a long drive.Jeff received a six month reprieve from the cardiologist assuming nothing changes, and we had a great time visiting my aunt in Charlottesville and several friends in Connecticut.I was a little concerned that after sleeping in a queen size bed, enjoying daily unlimited hot showers, and hanging out in something larger than our Pegu Club we might be reluctant to go back.That didn’t happen though.We missed her and the lifestyle that we are rapidly adjusting to, and were quite excited to be heading back on Tuesday.After spending one additional day in the marina, we were off bright and early on Thursday to officially begin our journey down the ICW. Continue reading “Two months later, we’ve passed mile zero.”→