THE LAST LEG – Norfolk, VA to Wickford, RI

20 May
IEm got lots of help piloting Quimby from Norfolk, VA to Wickford, RI

IEm got lots of help piloting Quimby from Norfolk, VA to Wickford, RI

Watch Hill Light, RI

Watch Hill Light, RI

Conney Island from the NYC entrance Ambrose Channel

Conney Island from the NYC entrance Ambrose Channel

Comming into NYC Harbor under the Varanzanno Bridge

Comming into NYC Harbor under the Varanzanno Bridge

NYC  harbor entrance light.

NYC harbor entrance light.

  Fairwell to Tom @ Prudence Island, Narragansett Bay, RI , May 19th, 2014

Fairwell to Tom @ Prudence Island, Narragansett Bay, RI , May 19th, 2014

Coast Guard Boarding in Fishers Island Sound

Coast Guard Boarding in Fishers Island Sound

Sunrise leaving The Gulf, Milford, CT

Sunrise leaving The Gulf, Milford, CT

Home entering the LI Sound from the East River

Home entering the LI Sound from the East River

 Top speed on the East River.  This is a Quimby Record.

Top speed on the East River. This is a Quimby Record.

Views from the East River

Views from the East River

The UN from the East River

The UN from the East River

Empire State Building   from the East River

Empire State Building from the East River

Empire State Building   from the East River

Empire State Building from the East River

 Empire State Building

Empire State Building

NYC Manhattan skyline

NYC Manhattan skyline

NYC Manhattan skyline

NYC Manhattan skyline

NYC Manhattan skyline

NYC Manhattan skyline

NYC Manhattan skyline

NYC Manhattan skyline

  Ellis Island

Ellis Island

  Ellis Island

Ellis Island

  Ellis Island

Ellis Island

  Ellis Island

Ellis Island

  Ellis Island

Ellis Island

NYC Statute of Liberty

NYC Statute of Liberty

We got the GOLD!  June 22, 2013 to May 18, 2014

We got the GOLD! June 22, 2013 to May 18, 2014

We got the GOLD!  June 22, 2013 to May 18, 2014

We got the GOLD! June 22, 2013 to May 18, 2014

   Em just set the new Gold Loopers Flag

Em just set the new Gold Loopers Flag

  Varanzanno Bridge, NYC   & The Statute of Liberty

Varanzanno Bridge, NYC & The Statute of Liberty

 NYC & the Barrier

NYC & the Barrier

 Varanzanno Bridge, NYC

Varanzanno Bridge, NYC

 Varanzanno Bridge, NYC

Varanzanno Bridge, NYC

Sunrise leaving Manasquan, NH

Sunrise leaving Manasquan, NH

Trains in Manasquan, NJ

Trains in Manasquan, NJ

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Atlantic City, NJ

Atlantic City, NJ

Atlantic City, NJ

Atlantic City, NJ

Bev is impressed with the “Marina Service Boat”  especially the shovel (actually the paddle)

Bev is impressed with the “Marina Service Boat” especially the shovel (actually the paddle)

Annapolis “Eago Alley” Purser’s Restaurant

Annapolis “Eago Alley” Purser’s Restaurant

Annapolis “Eago Alley” Purser’s Restaurant

Annapolis “Eago Alley” Purser’s Restaurant

Annapolis “Eago Alley” Purser’s Restaurant

Annapolis “Eago Alley” Purser’s Restaurant

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Alleys of Annapolis & people frequenting them

Alleys of Annapolis & people frequenting them

Old Inn across circle from church & in view of the State House bordering Main Street

Old Inn across circle from church & in view of the State House bordering Main Street

War Memorial across Severn River

War Memorial across Severn River

War Memorial across Severn River

War Memorial across Severn River

View across the Severn River of Navy Academy in background

View across the Severn River of Navy Academy in background

View from War Memorial accross the Severn River with Navy Academy in background

View from War Memorial accross the Severn River with Navy Academy in background

Front of the State House

Front of the State House

Old Home of Annapolis

Old Home of Annapolis

View from The State House, Annapolis

View from The State House, Annapolis

View from The State House, Annapolis

View from The State House, Annapolis

View from The State House, Annapolis

View from The State House, Annapolis

Capital of Maryland

Capital of Maryland

Old Buildings of Annapolis

Old Buildings of Annapolis

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Post Office Annapolis

Post Office Annapolis

Downtown Annapolis

Downtown Annapolis

Downtown Annapolis

Downtown Annapolis

Downtown Annapolis

Downtown Annapolis

Downtown Annapolis

Downtown Annapolis

Annapolis “Eago Alley” from the head of the alley

Annapolis “Eago Alley” from the head of the alley

Ship tied up in area of Annapolis, MD

Ship tied up in area of Annapolis, MD

2 lighthouses outside Norfolk, VA

2 lighthouses outside Norfolk, VA

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

 More Ospreys

More Ospreys

Ship encountered on upper Chesapeake Bay just before the C & D Canal

Ship encountered on upper Chesapeake Bay just before the C & D Canal

Annapolis Harbor

Annapolis Harbor

Naval Academy

Naval Academy

Naval Academy

Naval Academy

Naval Academy

Naval Academy

Naval Academy

Naval Academy

   Downtown Annapolis

Downtown Annapolis

 Downtown Annapolis

Downtown Annapolis

 Downtown Annapolis

Downtown Annapolis

 Downtown Annapolis

Downtown Annapolis

 Downtown Annapolis

Downtown Annapolis

Annapolis “Ego Alley”

Annapolis “Ego Alley”

Annapolis “Ego Alley”

Annapolis “Ego Alley”

Annapolis “Ego Alley”

Annapolis “Ego Alley”

 Thomas light outside Anapolis  , MD

Thomas light outside Anapolis , MD

 Thomas light outside Anapolis  , MD

Thomas light outside Anapolis , MD

Wolf Trap Light 52’      On way from Norfolk to Deltaville VA

Wolf Trap Light 52’ On way from Norfolk to Deltaville VA

Norfolk lighthouse    “Thimble Shoals Horn”

Norfolk lighthouse “Thimble Shoals Horn”

Warship entering Norfolk

Warship entering Norfolk

Warship entering Norfolk

Warship entering Norfolk

Norfolk Waterfront    Naval vellesl

Norfolk Waterfront Naval vellesl

Norfolk Waterfront     continaer ships

Norfolk Waterfront continaer ships

May 9th – Norfolk, VA to Deltaville, VA

We had a nice easy 60 SM trip today & arrived in Deltaville at 3:30 PM tied up to Zimmerman’s wharft. The day started out nice warming to 70 degrees with blue skies & little wind or wave but around 11:00 AM the fog set in & lasted 2 hours. We were well off shore but 8 – 10 loopers were heading to the same place we were & that was a concern. Dirk came by at 6:00 to take us out to a fantastic dinner. We enjoyed renewing our friendship & hope to travel with him next fall on our way south.

 

May 10th – Deltaville,VA to Annapols, MD

Up early & departed Deltaville @ 6:15 AM arriving in Annapolis @ 6:30 PM, a long day covering 105 SM. It was hazy all day & about 3:00 PM a shower hit & the wind increased to 15 to 20 MPH with gusts & waves of 3-4’ so we turned on the gyro & that calmed everything down. We were lucky enough to get a slip in “ego Alley” right in the middle of downtown Annapolis. What a thrill!

 

May 11th – Annapolis, MD

Bev & Ginny want to spend the day here looking around & visiting the Naval Academy. Although Bev didn’t get up until 9:15 AM we did a lot. Ate breakfast out then walked the town. We decided to take a trolley tour then Ginny & I walked through the Naval Academy while Bev walked my knife back to Quimby. The town was mobbed all day even well into the evening. It was a real relaxing yet physically tiring day.

 

May 12th – Annapolis to Middle River

We headed for Middle River to meet Steve & Barb Snipe who own Solo hull #3 (Quimby is hull #4). Steve does all his own work on their boat so is very knowledgeable regarding the Solo/Selene. He has given us untold advice that has been ever so helpful. We had a great dinner with them, visited their boat & showed them ours. They offered us their slip for the night. It was a beautiful day in every way.

 

May 13th – Middle River, MD to Delaware City, DE

What a beautiful day! The bay was like a mirror, not a ripple anywhere. The sun was shinning & the scenery was impressive with all the nice widely spaced homes & farm country. The C & D looked just like the Cape Cod Canal only longer. Docking in Delaware City was a hoot. The dock master advised you (The were really nice commands) on how to maneuver Quimby to bring her exactly where he wanted her. We first got a pump out then moved down the dock to our location & once there he turned the boat to face the other way. The town & marina are in the original canal that has a strong tidal current & is not more than 100’wide & less than 75’ from the outside of the dock so not a lot of room to spare for the turn. We did as told & all went perfect. We cleaned up, did laundry & attended the evening talk on the upcoming weather conditions on the Delaware Bay. At 7:30 we finally got to eat crabby things at “Crabby Dick’s” for supper.

 

May 14th – Delaware City to Cape May, NJ

Em was up at 4:30 AM to check conditions for an early departure. It was finally light enough around 5:15 AM but very misty suggesting fog on the bay. There were 4-5 other boats planning to make the trip to Cape May today & none were moving. Finally @ 6:30 with Bev & Ginny up we decided now was a good time to lift the dinghy topside & stow the davits. We finished that & were the last off the dock @ 7:15. Fog on the bay was minimal @ about 2 miles visibility & the water was 1 – 2’ in the upper bay. As we worked down the bay & it opened up the wind & waves increased as predicted the night before to 4’ – 6’ mostly on the port beam so we turned on the gyro & had a fairly smooth ride to Cape May. We saw 10 or so commercial vessels & barge/tug combinations coming down the Delaware Bay, very impressive. Cape May is very shallow so we picked the deepest marina we could find for docking. Of course we grounded @ the turn into the marina off the main channel and again in the marina while nosing into the first slip. The wind & current was strong making docking & maneuvering difficult but we finally docked at the 3rd location assigned with ample depth finally.

 

May 15th & 16th – Stuck in Cape May

The weather has turned on us. Winds are increasing to 15 – 20 km today & higher tomorrow with gusts over the next 2 days as high as 40 km. Waves are expected to get in the 10 to 20’ range at their peak. Those are not conditions we want to be out in so here we sit until the wind & waves settle. A Gold Looper & 3 first time loopers are here with us so it is party time. Actually we will get to see the town, get some exercise & relax as we eat way to much. Friday after wind & rain all day Ginny & Em walked about 4 miles to the beach, along the board walk & returned passing many outstanding Victorian homes. We hope to “sneak up the coast” about 1 mile offshore Saturday the 17th getting into LI sound on the 18th & home on the 19th if all goes well.

 

May 17th – Cape May, NJ to Manasquan, NJ

What a trip! Large rolling 10 foot plus raves with 2 foot waves riding on them. We started the gyro before leaving the dock and had a very comfortable ride. Departed about 5:30 AM & arrived in Manasquan around 6:00 PM. A long day but the toughest section of the trip is now behind us, Amen.

 

May 18th – Manasquan, NJ to The Gulf, Milford, CT

Left the dock about 5:00 AM & headed for NYC and the crossing of our wake. The waters had calmed so did not need the gyro today. We arrived at the Statute of Liberty @ 10:00 AM. Ginny took pics of Bev & I with our Gold Flag hoisted to document the event. We cruised up to Ellis Island so Ginny could look around. Had some trouble dodging sailboats but otherwise the harbor was pretty quiet. The ride up East River was wild with tide in our favor we actually hit more than 12 knots. Tides & currents were with us all day allowing us to travel over 120 miles ( 105 NM) today, a new record for Quimby, WHAT A WAY TO END OUR FABULOUS TRIP!

 

May 19th – The Gulf, Milford, CT to WICKFORD, RI & HOME!

Bev & I were up @ 4:30 AM & hauled anchor at 5:00 AM to head for the home slip. I can’t believe it is really over. I would prefer to just keep going around again but Bev is ready to spend time at home & in NH. We had a rough ride from the west end of Fisher Island and The Race to Watch Hill, RI but otherwise the ride was very nice. We did turn on the gyro when we entered The Race area & left it on until we docked in Wickford. The scenery was beautiful today, such a beautiful section! OH YES!  We were hailed by the Coast Guard for a through on board inspection.  Here we are anxious to get home & they waylaid us for an hour & the seas in the sound were about 4′.  The odd thing is they did not care  that we had had a courtesy inspection & displayed the appropriate stickers etc.  They were using us as a training mission for at lease 2 of the 5 boarders.

We took a detour to Prudence Island in Narragansett Bay before entering Wckford Harbor so Ginny could say a final “Good-by” to Tom, her husband of 52 years. Tom & Ginny were intending to help Bev & I bring Quimby home from Ft. Pierce, FL 2 years ago but cancer prevented that. Tom & Ginny were also supposed to be with us on the start of our “Great Adventure” last June but again were unable to join us. Tom enjoyed many pastimes in his life one of which was sailing the waters of Massachusetts & Rhode Island for several years & enjoyed Prudence Island as a child & during his sailing days. Tom passed away last September never having taken part in our adventure in person but he was with us in our heart all the way.

It has been a most wonderful & memorable trip & adventure.

The significance of completing the Loop compared to other recreational feats. Here are some stats.
Every year…
35,000+ people run the Boston Marathon
25,000+ climb Mount Kilimanjaro (658 climbed Mount Everest in 2013 alone!)
3,000+ hike the Appalachian Trail
However only 100 or so boats completed the Loop in 2013. Swimming the English Channel (208 in 2013) is the nearest in terms of uniqueness.
Something to think about…just saying

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Norfolk Harbor – May 1st – 5th & The AGLCA Rendezvous – May 5th to 8th

11 May
“Ego Alley” in Annapolis, Md.  May 9th, 2014 backed in first try.  Bev did great.

“Ego Alley” in Annapolis, Md. May 9th, 2014 backed in first try. Bev did great.

Norfolk waterfront with the Wisconsin in the rear

Norfolk waterfront with the Wisconsin in the rear

Norfolk waterfront with the Wisconsin in the rear

Norfolk waterfront with the Wisconsin in the rear

Leaving Norfolk 5/9/14

Leaving Norfolk 5/9/14

Norfolk Waterfront

Norfolk Waterfront

Norfolk Waterfront

Norfolk Waterfront

Leaving Norfolk 5/9/14

Leaving Norfolk 5/9/14

 Friends at AGLCA Rendezvous May 2014

Friends at AGLCA Rendezvous May 2014

  Our table @ AGLCA Rendezvous in Norfolk, VA May 2014

Our table @ AGLCA Rendezvous in Norfolk, VA May 2014

 Our table @ AGLCA Rendezvous in Norfolk, VA May 2014

Our table @ AGLCA Rendezvous in Norfolk, VA May 2014

The Last Supper   Our table @ AGLCA Rendezvous in Norfolk, VA May 2014

The Last Supper Our table @ AGLCA Rendezvous in Norfolk, VA May 2014

 Strange manuevrs

Strange manuevrs

City dock @ Norflolk, VA

City dock @ Norflolk, VA

Quimby @ Norfolk Rendezvous 5/5/14

Quimby @ Norfolk Rendezvous 5/5/14

 Owned by Rick & Anne Davis

Owned by Rick & Anne Davis

Owned by Russ & Elaine Strum

Owned by Russ & Elaine Strum

City dock @ Norflolk, VA

City dock @ Norflolk, VA

Our table @ AGLCA Rendezvous in Norfolk, VA May 2014

Our table @ AGLCA Rendezvous in Norfolk, VA May 2014

  City dock @ Norflolk, VA

City dock @ Norflolk, VA

  City dock @ Norflolk, VA

City dock @ Norflolk, VA

Hooters & City dock @ Norflolk, VA

Hooters & City dock @ Norflolk, VA

City dock @ Norflolk, VA

City dock @ Norflolk, VA

The Rover docked in Norfolk, VA

The Rover docked in Norfolk, VA

The Rover docked in Norfolk, VA

The Rover docked in Norfolk, VA

Went to the grocery store a couple of times and walked around Norfolk. Also cleaned the boat because Em wants to put the boat on the Looper Crawl, where other loopers can come on board and see your boat. The men seem more in favor of putting the boats in the crawl then the woman do. Maybe it is all the cleaning it entails.   That got me in trouble with all the other women. then I put out snacks for the visitors & don’t you think that got them upset all over again.

We even went to the movies on Sunday, first one in years.

Had docktails the last two night with all the loopers that have come into the marina. Registration starts a 3:00 today Monday and there are things planned until 9:00 each night.

We don’t know where the time went these 4 days.  The rendezvous was fun.  We thought we would not find much of interest, having been to the Norfolk rendezvous last year but we attended most meetings & got a lot out of them. I think we are much better prepared for the trip on the Delaware & up the NJ coast now.

Ginny arrived about 3:00 PM Thursday right on cue. We met her at the hotel entrance to start her on her newest adventure, actually traveling on Quimby & not just sitting motionless. She got to meet many of our new friends that night.

 

 

April 21st – 30th Southport, NC to Norfolk, VA & The Chesapeake

8 May

 

A VERY unusual home along the AICW in SC.

A VERY unusual home along the AICW in SC.

 

Poor Quimby on the mud.  Boat US took a while to get us off.

Poor Quimby on the mud. Boat US took a while to get us off.

 

Poor Quimby on the mud.  Boat US took a while to get us off.

Poor Quimby on the mud. Boat US took a while to get us off.

 

Coinjock Bay, very shallow and lots to get snagged on

Coinjock Bay, very shallow and lots to get snagged on

 

 Alagator River - Pongo River Canal   Stumps everywhere.  Two years ago met 2 shrimpers in the fog here - da da DA da

Alagator River – Pongo River Canal
Stumps everywhere. Two years ago met 2 shrimpers in the fog here – da da DA da

 

 Alagator River - Pongo River Canal   Stumps everywhere.  Two years ago met 2 shrimpers in the fog here - da da DA da

Alagator River – Pongo River Canal
Stumps everywhere. Two years ago met 2 shrimpers in the fog here – da da DA da

 

 Alagator River - Pongo River Canal   Stumps everywhere.  Two years ago met 2 shrimpers in the fog here - da da DA da

Alagator River – Pongo River Canal
Stumps everywhere. Two years ago met 2 shrimpers in the fog here – da da DA da

 

 Alagator River - Pongo River Canal   Stumps everywhere.  Two years ago met 2 shrimpers in the fog here - da da DA da

Alagator River – Pongo River Canal
Stumps everywhere. Two years ago met 2 shrimpers in the fog here – da da DA da

 

Entering Alligator and Pungo River

Entering Alligator and Pungo River

 

Unique house

Unique house

 

Beautiful sunset in Southport, NC Keywest eat your heart out

Beautiful sunset in Southport, NC
Keywest eat your heart out

 

Beautiful paint job Southport, NC

Beautiful paint job Southport, NC

 

Beautiful paint job Southport, NC

Beautiful paint job Southport, NC

 

 Park in Southport

Park in Southport

 

 Tea House   in Southport, SC

Tea House in Southport, SC

 

Beautiful street walking in Southport

Beautiful street walking in Southport

 

Beautiful street walking in Southport

Beautiful street walking in Southport

 

Beautiful street walking in Southport

Beautiful street walking in Southport

 

Beautiful street walking in Southport

Beautiful street walking in Southport

 

Beautiful street walking in Southport

Beautiful street walking in Southport

 

Southport City Marina in Southport, NC

Southport City Marina in Southport, NC

 

Southport City Marina in Southport, NC

Southport City Marina in Southport, NC

 

 We have to be very careful along  the rocky ICW

We have to be very careful along the rocky ICW

 

Tram that goes across ICW taking golfers to the club house

Tram that goes across ICW taking golfers to the club house

 

Tram that goes across ICW taking golfers to the club house

Tram that goes across ICW taking golfers to the club house

 

The “Rock Pile”   along the ICW

The “Rock Pile” along the ICW

 

The “Rock Pile”   along the ICW

The “Rock Pile” along the ICW

 

Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach

 

Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach

 

Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach

 

Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach

 

Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach

 

Alagator River - Pongo River canal stumps everywhere

Alagator River – Pongo River canal stumps everywhere

 

lagator River - Pongo River canal stumps everywhere

lagator River – Pongo River canal stumps everywhere

 

You see strange things along the AICW

You see strange things along the AICW

 

You see strange things along the AICW

You see strange things along the AICW

 

Quite a sight along the AICW in NC near Myrtle Beach.  This must have

Quite a sight along the AICW in NC near Myrtle Beach. This must have

April 21st – We had hoped to continue on toward Norfolk today but that didn’t happen. We decided to have our batteries inspected again as they have seemed weaker each time we anchored out. Sure enough we need 4 new 8D AGM batteries so that shoots this month’s budget to hell. We will be here through Wednesday waiting for the batteries to arrive & be installed. On the other hand it is a pretty town to walk with lots of great restaurants etc so no big deal. We may run out of time to roam the Chesapeake, then there is always next year.

April 22nd – We are here on the boat waiting for the batteries. In the meantime our wipers have been scoped out & found one of the 3 wiper motors is shorting out so it has been bypassed until we return to Wickford to get a replacement.

April 23rd – BATTERIES! Still not here but we have 2 out of 3 windshield wipers operational & the port blower working. We walked to town this afternoon & had a wonderful lunch at “Port of Call Bistro”. We have been promised the batteries will be here tomorrow. Unfortunately with only 2 good batteries that are dragged down by the bad ones we can not anchor out so must get the 4 replaced before continuing on.

April 24st – BATTERIES!

April 25th – Just to put things in perspective we traveled 156 miles in the past 6 – 7 days. It is 309 miles to Norfolk from here which we expect to do in 6 days – So here goes!

April 26, 2014  –  Alarm went off at 5:15 am today, dressed, made coffee, and breakfast while Em got the computers and all the navigation systems going.   Left at 6:00 am as soon as it was light.  We were so happy to be underway after spending 5 days in Southport, NC. We admit that we loved the town,; however, when we were trying to get to a destinations, every hold up is important. We thought we had an extra two weeks to spend on the Chesapeake, but is now cut down to less than a week.  Well we were doing just fine, except having to wait for the bridges to open. North Carolina and Virginia have a lot of low bridges that either have to be opened or swing so that we can get through. All of a sudden I put the boat on autopilot and started to get on the seat when the boat bumped and was aground. Em tried to take over but didn’t know that the boat was on autopilot and it just got pulled into the mud. It took Boat US 3 hours to get us out of this mess. So here we are again behind. We made it to Mile Hammock Bay at Camp Le Jeune, anchored and had a nice meal. Hope to get an early start again tomorrow.

April 27, 2014 –  Em got up early and left me in bed asleep. I didn’t wake up until he started the generator. Then we got ready and took off at 6:20 after pulling the anchor. It was full of mud and took Em a while to clean everything up.  We made the first bridge opening at 7:00, Onslow Beach Swing Bridge and were off. Traveled a total of 92 miles today. We did not run aground, but we did run into rough water in the Neuse River. We had about 4-6’ seas. We did ok until we got ready to turn, then we decided to turn on the Gyro. Em turned on the generator and started the Gyro.  It did help us with the swaying. We were going to anchor half way up but decided to continue on to our dismay because the water got rougher and the winds picked up. We were going to anchor at the beginning of the ICW, but the winds were whipping right down this small bay. So, we turned around but the boat started rocking and we couldn’t understand what happened until we realized that the generator was off which turned off the Gyro. We entered the ICW and planned to anchor in Campbell Creek. When we got there, we started to enter, but found it full of crab traps. We went to turn around and think we caught a crab trap in the bow thruster. We did get the generator started again, so at least that doesn’t need to be fixed another thing to be thankful for. Our batteries seem to be working properly.  We are still trying to make up time that we lost getting repairs. Now it looks like we will have to hire divers to look at our bow thruster and also to see if any damage was done to our rudder from the grounding yeaterday.

April 28, 2014  –  Left Goose Creek at 6:30 this morning continued on across Pamlico River, into Pungo River, Alligator River-Pungo River Canal (this is where we were two years ago when we had fog in the morning and encountered two fishing boats coming the other way, not much room). Now we come out into Alligator River and into Albemarle Sound. We have not had great weather today, overcast all day. We just passed through the Alligator River Swing Bridge when it started raining.  We planned to anchor on the eastern shore around some islands between East Lake and South Lake in Albemarle Sound, NC. We thought is would cut down the wind because the wind is coming out of the east.  Our travel was not as rough as it was yesterday. The water was not smooth, but not rough either. With the rain and waives, it was hard maneuvering around the crab pots, they are almost as bad as Maine’s lobster pots.  We were going to lower the dingy and see if we had a crab line caught in our bow thruster, but alas, the rain came down harder.  We will try again tomorrow morning if possible or wait until we are at Coinjock.  I am looking forward to a Prime Rib dinned tomorrow. Em promised me but I noticed that I did not have to twist his arm.  We are snuggled down for the night and very comfortable. Going to have my shower and clean up before I make dinner.

April 29, 2014  –  We were startled awake by thunder, lightening and high winds around midnight. The boat dragged a little but not enough to set off the alarms. We got up to make sure everything was ok and went back to bed.  Pulled anchor and were off across the Albemarle Sound in rough waters. Had to put on the Gyro and I did help with the side rocking, increased it to 50 because of the rough water.  Again lots of crab pots to watch out for. Still have not checked out our bowthruster.  Coinjock Marina called us to make sure we were still coming in.  Once we crossed the sound and back into protected water, I turned the bridge over to Em and went to the galley and made a soup for our lunch. One of the problems with cooking while we are running and have the boat shut up is the windows fog up.  We landed in Coinjock ok. Were asked to let a trawler-cat go in front of us so that we could be put where we would stay for the night. It turns out that that was the last spot where we could get a pump out. After we were settled in our spot, the boats just started coming in.  It was recommended that I make reservations at the restaurant for our 16oz prime rib. We had a choice of 16 or 32 oz.  Late afternoon we walked along the dock and met a fellow Selene owner 48’ Trawler, Crig and Barbara. We discovered they are gold loopers. They did their loop two years ago. At 6:00 we went to dinner with Rick and Anne Davis from Assisted Living, The trawler cat docked in front of us. They just started the loop in Huntsville, AL. The dinner did not disappoint.

April 30, 2014  –  Left Coinjock at 7:30. They had us tied in so close that we had to wait until the boat in front got out. When we felt the bump, we knew they were moving.  Went out into Coinjock Bay and saw all the stumps, etc. in the water. A very shallow bay. Next came Currituck Sound, then North Landing River, then into the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal.  Going thru North Landing River we were passed by three large go fast boats. They never call us to let us know they were there or asked for a slow pass, very rude. Two of the boats did slow for the barge in front of us but the third sport fish just slowed down enough to increase his wave and the barge (the Bunny C) called him and let him know that he broke up his load and bent his prop. He was in trouble or at least we all hope he is. We had to wait until the barge got back together before we could pass him.  This stretch of the ICW was the worse as far as I am concerned. The bridges we came to have they had to be raised which is most of them, only opened on the hour. So we would have to wait and circle around until it was time. Not bad until all these boats come into the are where the one lock is. We were all trying to stay put and in line not easy to do in a small space. Then the bridge did not open on the hour, because they were waiting for the Bunny C to show. They have the right to go through first. They also have to get through all the boats in front of him.  We finally got into Norfolk into our slip and will be here through the Rendezvous May 5-8, 2014.

April 15th to 20th – Charleston, SC to the North Carolina line.

20 Apr
McClellanville town ofices right next door to their museum.

McClellanville town ofices right next door to their museum.

McClellanville Museum on Pickney Street near Mom & Dad’s place

McClellanville Museum on Pickney Street near Mom & Dad’s place

inckney Street, McClellanville, SC.  All the streets in this town look like this with beautiful Live Oaks & hanging moss.

inckney Street, McClellanville, SC. All the streets in this town look like this with beautiful Live Oaks & hanging moss.

he point at the end of Pinckney Street where the crab processing plant stood before hurricane Hugo in 1989

he point at the end of Pinckney Street where the crab processing plant stood before hurricane Hugo in 1989

McClellanville harbor exit into AICW.  This point is former locationof the crab processing plant.

McClellanville harbor exit into AICW. This point is former locationof the crab processing plant.

Beautiful Episcopal Church of McClellanville

Beautiful Episcopal Church of McClellanville

Deerhead Oak, 1000 year old “Live Oak” in McClellanville

Deerhead Oak, 1000 year old “Live Oak” in McClellanville

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Deerhead Oak, 1000 year old “Live Oak” in McClellanville

Deerhead Oak, 1000 year old “Live Oak” in McClellanville

Wisteria in entrance yard of McClellanville  Museum

Wisteria in entrance yard of McClellanville Museum

McClellanville Museum, SC

McClellanville Museum, SC

Traveling the AICW along SC

Traveling the AICW along SC

Charleston, SC waterfront

Charleston, SC waterfront

Charleston, SC waterfront

Charleston, SC waterfront

Long docks of AICW homes.  These are all along the AICW from north Florida to the Chesapeake

Long docks of AICW homes. These are all along the AICW from north Florida to the Chesapeake

Long docks of AICW homes.  These are all along the AICW from north Florida to the Chesapeake

Long docks of AICW homes. These are all along the AICW from north Florida to the Chesapeake

The point in McClellanville, SC where the crab processing plant stood before Hugo.  The open space is available house lots.

The point in McClellanville, SC where the crab processing plant stood before Hugo. The open space is available house lots.

   One of the new homes built in McClellanville after Hurracane Hugo

One of the new homes built in McClellanville after Hurracane Hugo

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   A beautiful street in McClellanville, SC

A beautiful street in McClellanville, SC

   A beautiful street in McClellanville, SC

A beautiful street in McClellanville, SC

 This shows how narrow some of the canals are.

This shows how narrow some of the canals are.

 Another unusual home along the ICW

Another unusual home along the ICW

 Another unusual home along the ICW

Another unusual home along the ICW

 Another unusual home along the ICW

Another unusual home along the ICW

April 15th & 16th – We stayed in Charleston 2 extra days because of high winds & boy did it blow. Tuesday the 15th was not bad though we stayed with the boat expecting the worst but that night was bad. Wed. we went to town again & took in the Exchange & Provost museum & found many other shops. It was a fun day.

 

April 17th – We were off early for McClellanville about 30 miles north & lucky we did leave early. At 10:00 AM the engine quit – OMG! We spent 3 ½ hours changing filters, bleeding air from the lines & getting advice from our mechanic friend in Florida who had just helped us change all the filters before leaving Ft. Pierce. We finally arrived @ McClellanville @ 4:30, near dead low tide & just skimmed in over the muddy channel with “0” inches under the boat to spare. What A Day! It was time to go out to eat after which we walked the town.

 

April 18th – Em changed the filters on the generator that also quit yesterday then we walked to the town museum. It was interesting but they had nothing on hurricane Hugo that destroyed much of the town including the house Em’s folks owned once & Bev’s folks visited. We also went to the shrimp processing plant & bought a mess of several types of seafood. We departed at 11:30 for Georgetown and another dock. The wind was howling again @ 20 MPH & more but we wanted to find some more filters to replace the ones we needed yesterday. Upon docking in Georgetown it took 4 dock hands to secure us to the dock the wind was blowing so hard. Our bow thruster would not push us in against the wind hitting us on the starboard side & we had to come around again for a second try. The first time we tried throwing a mid ship line but that did not work so on the second try Bev thru a bow line first so we could use the rudder to bring in the stern. The problem was we would get blown off 10’ before they secured the lines. Quite an ordeal! Had a delicious meal of pork chops & asparagras s& an early bed

 

April 19th – Off to Barefoot Marina @ mile 354 about 56 miles north. Departed @ 8:00 AM with the help of 2 dock hands needed to deal with the current, tide & wind. We have no idea how we could have left the dock without them. One of us would have been left behind as almost happened in Charleston. It was a very dreary overcast day with nothing but marsh to look at until 20 miles south of our destination & them it was “No Wake” zones all rest of the way. It was fun to pass under the overhead golf tram in Myrtle Beach about 2 miles before Barefoot Marina. The last 10 miles of the day & the first 10 tomorrow is the section of ledge warnings but so far it is not an issue. Whiting fish for supper tonight we bought @ the shrimp processing plant in McClellanville, SC. Tomorrow we cross into North Carolina.

 

April 20th – Crossing into North Carolina

Happy Easter to All:              Today we finally made it across the border into North Carolina. That may not sound like much to you reading this but it has taken us 6 days to travel 156 miles thanks to cloudy rainy days with high winds sometimes gusting to 40 MPH or more & never less than 17 – 18 MPH. We spent 2 extra days in Charleston, every night at a marina instead of anchoring & an extra night here in Southport, SC. To top it all off this stretch is probably the least interesting section of the entire trip & half of it is “No Wake” zones. Today never got above 54 degrees with rain, clouds & winds of 20 – 25 MPH and no windshield wipers. It definitely did not seem like Easter here. We tried calling all our all 4 girls, Spooky & Ron, & Ginny in an effort to pull ourselves out of the dumps. Luckily we did get to talk to Bec, Lil & Ginny. NOW DON’T YOU FEEL TERRIBLE FOR US POOR 2 SOULS SUFFERING DOWN HERE ON OUR “TRIP OF A LIFETIME”?

April 12th – 14th A day in Beaufort, SC & on to Charleston, SC.

15 Apr
 Episcopal Church down street opposite The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon of Charleston, SC

Episcopal Church down street opposite The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon of Charleston, SC

The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon of Charleston, SC   Meeting & dance halls on upper floor, exchange on ground floor & dungeon in basement

The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon of Charleston, SC Meeting & dance halls on upper floor, exchange on ground floor & dungeon in basement

The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon of Charleston, SC

The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon of Charleston, SC

he Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon of Charleston, SC original entrance to dungeon

he Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon of Charleston, SC original entrance to dungeon

The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon of Charleston, SC

The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon of Charleston, SC

The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon of Charleston, SC

The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon of Charleston, SC

The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon of Charleston, SC

The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon of Charleston, SC

The Sea Gyro arrived on a ship like this.

The Sea Gyro arrived on a ship like this.

Bev with her new husband.

Bev with her new husband.

he market & Daughters of Confederacy Bldg.

he market & Daughters of Confederacy Bldg.

Exchange & Provost House of Charleston, SC

Exchange & Provost House of Charleston, SC

Side street of old Charleston SC

Side street of old Charleston SC

Beautiful scene just off Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC

Beautiful scene just off Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC

 Rainbow Row, Charleston, SC   Edmonston-Alston House & musium

Rainbow Row, Charleston, SC Edmonston-Alston House & musium

 Rainbow Row, Charleston, SC

Rainbow Row, Charleston, SC

 Rainbow Row, Charleston, SC

Rainbow Row, Charleston, SC

 Rainbow Row, Charleston, SC

Rainbow Row, Charleston, SC

 Rainbow Row, Charleston, SC

Rainbow Row, Charleston, SC

Fountain in Waterfront Park of Charleston, SC  where kids are allowed to play

Fountain in Waterfront Park of Charleston, SC where kids are allowed to play

   US Custons House of Charleston, SC

US Custons House of Charleston, SC

   US Custons House of Charleston, SC

US Custons House of Charleston, SC

Inside the market, Charleston, SC

Inside the market, Charleston, SC

he market & Daughters of Confederacy Bldg.

he market & Daughters of Confederacy Bldg.

  Our slip in Charleston, SC

Our slip in Charleston, SC

  Our slip in Charleston, SC

Our slip in Charleston, SC

   Our anchorage in Church Creek, SC

Our anchorage in Church Creek, SC

   Our anchorage in Church Creek, SC

Our anchorage in Church Creek, SC

Tony & Sharon in “Summer Recess” on anchor in Church Sreek, SC

Tony & Sharon in “Summer Recess” on anchor in Church Sreek, SC

April 12th –  We were both sick last night, Bev with hip area discomfort & Em with severe hip & stomach cramps & aches up to the shoulders & arms. Thankfully the problem was all but gone come morning. We were off in the courtesy car for groceries this morning & a carriage ride this PM followed by an ice cream, nap & supper with Tony & Sharon.

 

April 13th – We need to get past mile 515 from mile 535 @ Beaufort, SC before low tide @ 2:10 PM, high tide being @ 7:45 AM. It is 20 miles to the far end of the risky area and will take about 2 ½ hours to get there so the earlier we leave Beaufort, SC the better. We remembered this PM we had not run the gyro since it was installed Feb 15th so we started it up this PM & it steadied Quimby fine at the dock. Off the dock @ 7:00 AM, reached to shallows @ 9:00 AM & out of it @ 10:00 AM with no worry – almost. Anchored @ mile 487 about 20 miles south of Charleston @ 1:00 PM with “Summer Recess”. Had a very restful afternoon, delicious chicken supper & relaxed. We needed it, it’s been a hard life lately.

 

April 14th – Headed for Charleston @ 8:20 AM & arrived 3 hours later docking at Charleston Harbor Marina right next to the Yorktown aircraft carrier. It seems so strange as we had toured the carrier many years ago when Fred Kelley & Chelly were stationed here. After a pump-out we headed for town on the free trolley & spent the afternoon walking the streets & playing tourist with thousands of others who’s kids are on school vacation. The next 2 days are forecast to be nasty with heavy rain & winds 25 MPH gusting to 40 & Wednesday winds in the mid to high 20’s so we are planning to sit right here & nay have to try out the gyro as well.

April 9th – 11th – Brunswick, GA to Beaufort, SC

11 Apr
Waterfront park of Beaufort, SC

Waterfront park of Beaufort, SC

Waterfront park of Beaufort, SC

Waterfront park of Beaufort, SC

 The swing bridge by the marina in Beaufort, SC

The swing bridge by the marina in Beaufort, SC

 The swing bridge by the marina in Beaufort, SC

The swing bridge by the marina in Beaufort, SC

The other Black Church of Charleston, SC

The other Black Church of Charleston, SC

Old homes of Beaufort, SC on Carriage ride

Old homes of Beaufort, SC on Carriage ride

Old homes of Beaufort, SC on Carriage ride

Old homes of Beaufort, SC on Carriage ride

Old homes of Beaufort, SC on Carriage ride

Old homes of Beaufort, SC on Carriage ride

Old homes of Beaufort, SC on Carriage ride

Old homes of Beaufort, SC on Carriage ride

  Old tree on Old homes tour of Beaufort, SC on Carriage ride

Old tree on Old homes tour of Beaufort, SC on Carriage ride

 Old homes of Beaufort, SC on Carriage ride

Old homes of Beaufort, SC on Carriage ride

 Cumquarts growing in Beaufort SC

Cumquarts growing in Beaufort SC

Old homes of Beaufort, SC on Carriage ride

Old homes of Beaufort, SC on Carriage ride

April 9th –Brunswick, GA to Beaufort, SC

 

April 9th –  Cold but nice morning about 52 degrees & blue sky.  Off the dock at 8:15 AM & headed for the AICW about 5 miles away.  We passed St Simons Island right away but the rest of the day was spent viewing miles & miles of marsh with no wildlife other than a few birds & an occasional group of dolphins.  We anchored @ 4:00 PM in Cattle Pen Creek, mile 625 or 60 miles from our starting point.  Had a great meal of steak, cukes, tomatoes & zucchini.

 

April 10th – Off at 7:30 AM on another beautiful day.  We certainly have been blessed with weather on this trip.  We passed the 32 degree Latitude today just north of Isle of Hope, GA @ mile 586.5.  We covered 60 statute miles today & anchored in Cattle Pen Creek, GA for a restful night.

 

April 11th – On our way again @ 7:30 AM & another great day.  We had anchored only a couple miles south of Hilton Head so passed it very soon after getting started.  We traversed Calibogue Sound & Port Royal Sounds today & saw Paris Island where the Marines train just south of Beaufort, SC.  (That’s BEW-FORT) & arrived @ Beaufort @ noon.

 

April 8th – Jekyll Island, GA to Brunswick, GA

9 Apr

 Logerhead Turtle @ Jekyll Is. Turtle Sanctuary

Logerhead Turtle @ Jekyll Is. Turtle Sanctuary

 Paris Island, USMC center

Paris Island, USMC center

 Hilton Head, SC

Hilton Head, SC

nchorage 4/10/14    Bull Creek, SC with Hilton Head just to the left

nchorage 4/10/14 Bull Creek, SC with Hilton Head just to the left

Isle of Hope, SC

Isle of Hope, SC

Downtown Brunseick, GA

Downtown Brunseick, GA

Downtown Brunseick, GA

Downtown Brunseick, GA

Downtown Brunseick, GA

Downtown Brunseick, GA

 City Hall, Brunswick, GA

City Hall, Brunswick, GA

Town dock & Brunswick, GA    next to farmers market

Town dock & Brunswick, GA next to farmers market

Paris Is. SC, the USMC training center

Paris Is. SC, the USMC training center

Lighthouse on entrance to Cumberland Sound at the FL/GA line, St. Mary’s River

Lighthouse on entrance to Cumberland Sound at the FL/GA line, St. Mary’s River

Looking back on Fernandina Beach,  Amelia Island FL with 2 pulp mills in site.  A pretty town but noisy & oderifis

Looking back on Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island FL with 2 pulp mills in site. A pretty town but noisy & oderifis

April 8th – Heavy rail, thunder etc last night & still raining hard this AM. We only traveled 10 miles today to Brunswick for fuel & saved at least 40 cents per gallon. We then went to Brunswick Landing Marina, did laundry & toured the town. The local people are so kindly & we had a great lunch @ Indigo Coast Shanty. The towns people have worked real hard to upgrade the town & make it an interesting place to stop by car or boat & they are doing a nice job of it. Docktails tonight on our boat & an early start tomorrow