We had made it from Great Sale Cay in the Abacos to north of Georgetown, SC in exactly one week – and that included a two night stop in Jacksonville Beach to get rid of our dirty fuel.But now that we were back on the ICW with Oriental and Belhaven coming up, it was time to slow down a bit.
The days leading up to our arrival in Oriental were uneventful, save for one thunderstorm shortly after we left Cow House Creek.We had the anchorage in Calabash Creek to ourselves that night which was quite a change from when we stopped there in the fall!
The next day’s adventure came when we pulled up to a fuel dock at a marina in Southport, NC. The wind had been light all day until our arrival.I should have docked with the bow into the wind but I didn’t, and the wind steadily increased during the 20 minutes we were there.By the time we were ready to leave, it was honking on our stern at 20 knots.Hmm.What to do? Continue reading “Time to slow down a bit.”→
After enjoying a peaceful night with the dock to ourselves, we were able to sleep in a bit before untying the lines and continuing our journey down the Dismal Swamp Canal. All of the people we had entered the first lock with on the previous day had traveled farther than we did, allowing them to make the 8:30 a.m. exiting lock. With 14 statute miles to go there was no way we could be there in time, so we puttered down the waterway enjoying the feeling of having it all to ourselves.
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.”→