What have we been up to all month?
Hi – it’s Beth blogging today – just thought I’d get you caught up.
Our friends Marcia and John, on Ramora, sailed in from Cape Canaveral so we could sail north together. More friends Jim and Rhonda stopped for a night to catch up and see us off. We had a couple of great dinner. One was pot luck on the dock and the other with 10 of us from the marina at Thai Basil – both delicious meals.
Leaving Brunswick, we got to go under the bridge we’ve driven over many times.
There were shrimp boats out in the channel.
We sailed with Ramora to an anchorage near Wassaw Island. There were dire warnings about shoaling on the charts but storms were rolling in and we wanted to be anchored. Marcia called to get “local knowledge” and a very nice man came out and lead us in to the anchorage !
There is a state park there that would have been fun to explore, but we wanted to get to Hilton Head the next day so only stayed the night and we’re off again the next morning.
Docking at Scull Creek Marina in Hilton Head was an education in working with currents; thank goodness Randy’s getting to be an expert with that nice big engine of ours. We rented a car and did some exploring in Beaufort (byou ford) – a bit rainy but fun.
We went to dinner at The Boathouse;
very crowded and a long wait but worth it – great view, great food (the best hush puppies so far). The following day we went to our friends house in Oriental to their neighbourhood party.
More good food and lovely people. Remora took on another crew member, their friend Karen, who sailed with them on our trip to Charleston – with an overnight anchorage at Edisto inlet.
We docked at Charleston’s Mega dock and joined in the dock party festivities, sponsored by the marina- beer, liquor, and Pizza- ya gotta love it. Karen’s husband, Denis, joined us in Charleston. Ramora was having some issues with her motor and Randy was fighting a nasty cold (I was a little worried he was getting his annual pneumonia), so John and Randy stayed at the marina while Denis escorted the ladies downtown. We saw the huge Market and walked around the streets to look at the beautiful antebellum houses. I got myself some Pralines – happy Birthday to me. Everyone reconvened for dinner at California Dreamin’ – mmm she crab soup!
You can’t go to Charleston without going to Fort Sumter and taking in some of the history.
markers and also saw a tall ship. After the tour of the Fort we set of to find a local brew pub but had to stop on the way at a couple of other pub- it was really hot out, ya know!
After some discussion about boat maintenance and the best place near by to get it done, we decided to go to Bennett Brothers in Wilmington.
The best plan to get there was to overnight from Charleston to the entrance to the Cape Fear River. So off we went. We had pretty good wind and a school of Dolphins joined us for about 45 min. No, I didn’t get pictures. Every time I try to take pictures of Dolphins, you all get to see pictures of water were the dolphin just went under.
By morning we were nearing Frying Pan Shoals that run along the entrance to Cape Fear River. The waves were confused, coming at us from all directions and we were arriving a little early so it was still dark. One wave rocked us enough to knock the cover over the stove off. We were both in the cockpit and the next wave threw me and my seat cushion off my seat and into the companionway doorframe. Ouch. Goose egg, a cut and a huge headache. Randy made a b- line into the harbour while calling the coast guard for hospital information in case I needed it. He anchored the boat and checked my cut- no stitches require- thank goodness.
We made our way up the river, under one bridge and then had to wait for the 2:00 opening of another bridge. Ramora caught up to us to wait for the bridge. Then on to Cape Fear Marina just past the bridge.
I slept on and off for the next three days – with a visit to the doctor and some Tylenol 3 for the headache in between. The people staying at the marina are very nice and all get together on the office veranda.
One couple had friends who were traveling musicians staying with them and they performed one evening.
Once I felt better Marcia and I took a road trip to Texas and back while the guys sorted out boatyard stuff. We got back in time for Forth of July BBQ on the veranda and fireworks.
The last week or two have just been little projects, waiting for parts and exploring Wilmington.