34 12.47 N 077 47.95 W
On Wed. 10/13 we drove back to Carina at Waterside Marina from an absolutely wonderful wedding.... a Mark quote: “The best friggin’ wedding I’ve ever been to!”). Since Jay & Veronica had essentially rented the OBX beach house for the entire week, we stayed for a few days after the weekend wedding to enjoy some time off the boat. Thursday was spent using the rental car to run errands around Norfolk…. refill a propane tank, fill dinghy gasoline tank and re- provisioning at a grocery store.
|Leaving Norfolk at the start of the |
ICW at Mile 0
|Southbound boats lined up to pass|
through the Great Bridge lift bridge
That Friday was the day before the Nor’Easter forecasted for the NE US and there was a mass exodus of boaters leaving Norfolk moving south to beat the strong winds. We passed (sometimes having to wait for scheduled openings) through 9 different highway & RR bridges as well as three 65’ fixed bridges.
|14 boats squeezed into the Great |
On Saturday Jay & Veronica stopped at by on their way home from the OBX. By the time they left Carina at 1PM the wind was blowing strong so we decided to stay a second night at the marina waiting for more settled weather to make the crossing of Albemarle Sound. This body of water can be one of the most treacherous on the entire ICW in any winds greater than 10m knots. We took advantage of another day on land and went for a nice long walk. It got chilly, into the 40’s both nights and it was nice to be plugged in dockside to enjoy the heating.
|Along the Pungo/Alligator River Canal|
|Sunset anchorage on the Pungo River|
|Choppers buzzed overhead on training |
runs all afternoon & evening while
anchored near USMC Camp Lejeune
|Jim & Sue from Pipe Dreams|
Wed. 10/20 – left early again but only put on about 40 miles as this stretch of waterway has 3 bridges with scheduled openings that slowed us down considerably. After making it through the Wrightsville Beach Bridge we hung a left at ICW mile marker 285 into Mott’s Channel and took on fuel and water at Sea Path Marina before heading into the anchorage area.
The past two days feel like we're finally getting south as the day temps have been in the 80’s. We’re seeing more palm trees in yards and pelicans and dolphins. We're also once again opening ports and putting on shorts!! We expect to be in South Carolina tomorrow.