Dolphin Spa Day

Ok, I will explain the title of this blog a little later. We left Osprey Marina at about 8:45 am on 10/23. We did not get to enjoy bagels as they had not been put out before we left, so off we go with our normal breakfast of yogurt for John and Potted Meat and crackers for me. It was very sunny and warm and we saw 2 gators and several dolphins. We anchored two nights in a row at two separate anchorages. It was nice to be “on the hook” again. But this area of SC has 7 foot tide shift. You don’t want to anchor at high tide in less than 7 foot of water.

We left anchorage very early as we planned to make it to Beaufort SC and dock at the city marina. We needed to make the Ladies Island Swing bridge before 3 pm or we would have to wait till after 6 for an opening. As we were heading there and right as it was becoming low tide we were waved at by a small stuck power boat. It was stuck on a sandbar. Now, in case you don’t know John, he is a Good Samaritan. He is waved over by a boater in need, he is going to try and help. Well the sand bar was getting bigger and bigger and they were getting higher up on the sand. At first we thought we would take s/v Dreamers to help, but the water was to “skinny” for us. I suggested trying to use the dingy. John did but we did not have enough horsepower to pull it out. At the last we saw them, they were gonna call Sea Tow. I am sure they got out either with help or waiting on the tide to rise. But we got through the bridge and docked at Beaufort SC City Marina. John went to Bi-Lo and I did laundry. After that we walked to dinner at Luther’s and “Stretch” waited on us and we got his yummy Pot Stickers. Yum! The next day we planned to move a few hours south to Skull Creek Marina and eat at Skull Creek Boathouse. We booked but did not know the marina was not within walking distance to the restaurant. So Uber to the rescue and we ate and drank (John Miller Lite and me Painkillers). It was yummy and we even had the same server Charlie we had last May while at the timeshare with Bonnie, Richard and Katie. The tide was so high and the current pinned us to the dock we could not get away from the dock till about 11:30. So we left then and got fuel and pumped out.

On 10/27 we crossed into GA and that was where she saw the dolphin spa day. Now it could have been several things, and we did not get any photos you can tell me what you think. As we were moving through a very shallow and narrow area we saw a bunch of mud on the sides of the ICW. The dolphins were either sliding up onto the mud like Killer Whales going after baby seals or having a mud bath at the afore mentioned “spa day” or they had an itch and were rubbing their backs in the rough mud. Oh I wish you could have seen it! On Monday 10/28 and Tuesday 10/29 we anchored on rivers in GA it was not bad there. We saw lots of dolphin but we got bit by lots and lots of noseeums. My Natural Bug Spray made with essential oils worked good and smelled great. I also did not have that smell of Off. I will bypass GA anytime.

The morning of 10/27 we left out of Doboy Sound Inlet in GA for an over night jump out. The ocean started with just some rolly waves but it was a great day. Of course once the sun went down it got very bumpy. I kept asking John is it the waves or are we hitting sleeping dolphin. I am gonna hope it was just waves. We came into FL at about 7 am at The Ponce de Leon Inlet and made it to the Titusville City Marina for a 2 night stay. Awwwwww it will be great to sleep.

Windy Days are Marina Days

On 10/18 we said goodbye to the great folks at Dowry Creek Marina to head to one of our favorite anchorages, Back Creek off of Adams Creek. It was a cool but sunny day and we made good time hitting a max speed of 7.4 knots with the assist of the main sail. We traveled with a large pack of cruisers off and on all day. We had a yummy dinner and since I was still getting over a cold, I went to bed early.

Morning came to this quite anchorage and I got some good photos. Over coffee(nectar of the gods) we made a change to our plan. We decided to find a marina since there was going to be a lot of wind and rain the next two days.

We made good time to to Topsail Beach Marina. Our max speed was 8.7knots. The rain started just as we pulled up to the dock. Could it NOT wait till after we got tied up? No it could not! We ate dinner had a few beers and headed to bed. While we slept the wind and rain came a calling. The next morning no wind in the marina and just clouds in the sky. We were about a 2 minute walk to the beach so after showers at large and nice bathroom, we headed out for a late lunch. We ate yummy seafood at a Buddy’s right on the beach and watched the waves hit the sand and the surfers hit the waves.

On 10/21 we left our friends at Topsail Beach Marina and headed for the Cape Fear River. We moved very fast reaching a max speed of 8.4 knots. At the South Harbour Boat Ramp Anchorage we dropped anchor at around 4 pm. As we we getting settled we met Robbie a fellow live aboard boater. He lives on a sail boat in that anchorage and was nice enough to come and see if we needed help. We shared our cruising knowledge and he shared some local knowledge. He thinks he may head north or south soon. I hope we run into him again. He was very friendly.

We left early the next morning as we were moving we called to see if we could get into Barefoot Marina in North Myrtle Beach but they were full up so we got some fuel from them and pumped out and then we had to find a new marina for the night. It was sunny and 80 most of the day and we had a good time on the water we saw lots of cool things.

We found a very nice place to stay, Osprey Marina. It was just before the Waccamaw River and down a creek. They are very nice there. $1.00 per foot with a swag bag of gifts, bagels and cream cheese in the morning if you leave after 8 am and high speed WiFi. If you want to stay for the month it is $10 a foot for the month. We met some nice people there and they helped us get tied up. This place could be a keeper.

Goodbye Summer, Hello Bahamas

Wow the five summer months at Tidewater yacht Marina in Portsmouth VA went by fast. Between doctors and dental appointments and boat chores we still had time for lots of fun.

We got to celebrate my mother-in-laws Frances 90th birthday and welcome in two great nephews to the family. Jackson who got here before we got back and Ashton who came this summer. We had John’s birthday celebration down in Southern Shores NC with our daughter Katie and John’s sisters Christy and Holly at Christy’s house. I even got to cook some in a real big kitchen.

We went to concerts with Donna and Bobby at Sunset Thursdays and also First Friday at Court Street. The city of Portsmouth has a several free concerts throughout the summer. We had a couple of great movie nights on m/v Dream On with Ted and Lisa. And many Taco Tuesday’s at Fish & Slips.

We participated in the Harborfest Parade of Sails in Norfolk VA with family. The Boonville Melon Festival in NC with Katie, Bonnie and Richard and for Katie’s birthday weekend we got to go to an Octoberfest in Charlotte NC and meet her friends Tasha and Emily.

We saw one hurricane with some flooding and a dock fire. We also saw about a month of days in July that were over 98 degrees. Our air conditioner worked hard to cool the boat those days but I got in some nice pool time.

At the first of October I got to hang out with my girls the JUGs (Just Us Girls) Donna, Kim, Kerry, Joanne, Susie and Bonnie at VA Stage Company’s production of Guys and Dolls. What fun to hang with them again. Later John took Bonnie and me to the Annapolis Sailboat Show and I think we sent Bonnie into boat overload. We did get some Pusser’s Painkillers in her and she was better after that. Oh and Bonnie and I both got new sunglasses from Shades of The Bay.

As for boat chores John added 2 more solar panels and installed a Jr Admiral seat for me. The base for my seat holds our new drawer freezer. We also bought a counter ice maker that has more than paid for itself over the summer.

So now it is time to start our journey south and we decided to leave a little earlier so we would not be so cold. We left Portsmouth on Monday 10/14 for the Great Bridge free dock. One last family dinner with Christy, Eric, VeNessa and baby Ashton at Big Woody’s and the next morning we were off bright and early at 7 am. We were looking to make it all the way across to the Alligator River Bridge on Tuesday to avoid some bad weather. While we did make it the one hour and a half wait at the North Landing Bridge made it later than we wanted to be. But John said when the sun goes down so does the anchor and we dropped at 6:45 pm. It was a great day and night being back on the boat. Wednesday we got wet heading to Belhaven NC so we snagged a slip for 2 days at Dowry’s Marina to wait out some high winds. Free laundry, clean & large showers and a courtesy car. How can you beat the great service.