Putting the hammer down.

We were poking along the ICW as we did last fall, content in knowing that we were three weeks ahead of schedule compared to last year and hoping that would be enough to keep the cold weather at bay.  We had enjoyed a beautiful, leisurely trip down the Dismal Swamp, spent a few nights in our favorite small town of Belhaven, and stopped in Beaufort, NC for the first time where we waited several days for a strong weather system to pass.

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Blazing a trail through thick duckweed on the Dismal Swamp.

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Georgia: Savannah and Cumberland Island

Sunday dawned cold and cloudy with temperatures in the low 50’s.  Knowing that Monday was going to be sunny and mid-60’s, our plan was to leave our mooring in Beaufort, head down the ICW for a few miles and anchor for the rest of the day.  This would keep us from having to pay another $20 for the mooring just because we were feeling wimpy from the cold weather.  Of course once we got started we figured we might as well keep going.  We motored for another 20 statute miles before anchoring in Skull Creek and warming up down below with some hot chocolate.

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Parris Island.  Jeff hadn’t been here since 1978.
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I thought he might start having flashbacks!

The next day we moved on to the Herb River, which is where we had planned to anchor while we visited Savannah.  We had read that marinas in Savannah itself were very expensive ($3+/foot) and the river carried a lot of debris from the strong currents.  People looking to spend a bit less either anchor in the Herb River or stay at a marina in Thunderbolt or the Isle of Hope.  We were already planning to spend a few nights at the Isle of Hope Marina so we could visit my Uncle Ken and Aunt Sharon, so we decided to anchor for free for a few nights first.

The anchorage was only a 20 minute dinghy ride to Thunderbolt Marine where we paid $5 to leave the dinghy for the day.  From there it was a short walk to a bus that would take us into Savannah.  We had been looking forward to seeing Savannah for a while, and it was a lovely sunny day with temperatures in the mid-60’s. Continue reading “Georgia: Savannah and Cumberland Island”