A collage of places that stuck in my memory along this portion of the ICW:
|Waiting for the fog to lift coincided perfectly|
with my desire for a second pot of coffee
and a lazy start to the morning, at Camp Lejeune
|And sometimes all the houses along the water are HUGE, or |
downright pretentious (Wrightsville Beach)
|They're even the right color for giraffes!|
|It's always scary to cross paths with big, fast-moving commercial traffic, |
but we were the attraction for this ferry-load of passengers crossing the river.
|Motoring along tree-lined canal and |
Waccamaw River reaches,
some days are hazy...
|...and some are sparkling|
|Intricate side-channels in the cypress swamps. |
I think it would be wonderful to explore these with a kayak or dinghy.
|Generally, the ICW is a motor trip for most of its length. |
Too many twists and turns, narrow cuts, bridges and shoals.
but sometimes, the forces align and we prove
sailing is sometimes possible on the ICW!
|This life takes us to lovely places. Anchorage sunrise ...|
|... and sunset.|
People in my collage:
We spent an evening laughing with new cruisers who are rapidly gaining experience, fellow blogger Tammy (Things We Did Today) and her husband Bruce. We'd followed each others blogs for years, but this was the first time we'd met IRL. And because we'd been reading each other's work for so long, when we met the conversation didn't start at the beginning, we'd covered all that ground online before. Online friendships are fun that way, though somewhat confusing for the spouses, no doubt. And Bruce rolled with it, politely reminding us of the imbalance by starting a conversation offering an introduction and capsule history of his sailing and how he came to be here, and invited us to do the same, so we were all at least somewhat "on the same page" conversationally. Shared stories, and giggles, never slowed down from that point until it was time to go home.
We decided to wait an extra day or two, and not coincidentally wait out a predicted storm, in the anchorage in Wrightsville Beach so we could connect with Paul and Deb (Lat43). We had first met them in St Augustine where they had a car and were gracious enough to offer us a ride for some errands (a standard, but never to be underestimated, cruiser courtesy). And then to our surprised delight, when we docked in Beaufort, SC several weeks later, we saw the bow of their boat just across the fairway from where we tied up. This time we were the ones with the car, and we were able to return their favor from 6 months and 250 miles ago.
|It's five o'clock somewhere! |
Love this set of wall clocks we found in a bar we visited with Paul and Deb.
|Meeting up with former Annapolis dock neighbors|
Tom and Debbie at a restaurant they recommended.
Extra points for ambiance, and the portions were HUGE!
Columbus Day weekend is the fall sailboat show, and pretty much end of sailing season in Annapolis, but it found us warm and secure at Isle of Palms (just north of Charleston, SC). Boating season here was still in full swing and there was a non-stop parade of watercraft off the stern of our boat, everything from stand-up paddleboards and jetskis, sailboats and powerboats in a range of sizes. We were docked next to the eco-tours charter boat, and had lots of interesting conversations with the captain and crew. And when they came back from trips with more leftover food and wine than they could use and offered it to us, who were we to refuse?
My wonderful sister-in-law Karen and her husband James just love the Myrtle Beach area, and have been visiting for many years. It always baffled me because they seem to love nature and quiet, but the one time we visited the town we saw a bustling boardwalk with a big ferris wheel and lots of tacky tourist shops; didn't seem like them at all.
|Myrtle Beach boardwalk and Ferris wheel, photo from here|
|In the registration office of PirateLand. |
Who would've thought a brother and sister from landlocked Kansas
would both be drawn to the ocean as adults?
|They even had this life-size guy swinging from the ceiling|
There are some places that we seem to miss every time we come through, or that other people rave about that we just can't understand the attraction. We made a point of trying to spend time in some of these bypassed places this trip.