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

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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”?

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