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Nov 15, 2013 - Belhaven, NC

Days 255 - 256 of The Big Trip The winds had plastered the front of the motor home with the foam off the pond in front us our parking space. It looked like someone had thrown at lot of mud at us. On the 14th, with no wind and warmer temperatures, we took the time to get that cleaned off and we were on our way. We crossed a six-mile bridge and were back on the mainland. Most of our drive was spent on the edge of the Alligator River NWR. I assume the name means something, but we didn't see any alligators. Lots of water and swamp, but little...

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Oct 18, 2013 - An Embarrassment of Mishaps

An Embarrassment of Mishaps Location: ICW Mile Marker 81.9. Anchored in the mouth of the Little Alligator River, just past the Ablemarle Sound, in northern North Carolina Weather: 70s and sunny today Boat Names: ** DarSea (made us think of our favorite grandniece, Darby) ** Ho Hum ** Latest Compromise ** Indiscretion (it was a WHOPPER!) In 2008, before we left on our first sailing cruise, I read an ‘Embarrassment of Mangoes’, a delightful book about a Canadian couple who sailed from Canada to the Caribbean. They had tough times, of...

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Dec 13, 2011 - From Beaufort to Beaufort

Soon the length and breadth of the Carolinas become evident on this, our eighth trip south for the winter. From the quiet anchorage in Pungo Creek we crossed the Pamlico and Neuse and in between followed the narrow connecting canals. Their answer to the ICW was to take the natural water bodies and connect them with ditches. So the broad sounds and bays running east/west are exposed and shallow while the canals try to make some distance down the coast. But, before long we passed Hoboken and the straight shot down to Morehead City. Our...

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Dec 11, 2011 - Free at Last

Our maintenance stay at Washburns ended on Friday morning and Marianne Varley delivered Jean to the boat, one last time. Amid the hugs and kisses of yet another bon voyage, Bill was anxious to get off on a trial of the new exhaust system. We rounded Cedar Point and called back to the Washburn crew that all systems were operating well. That day was a long one that brought us down the lower Chesapeake to an anchorage in Hampton Roads around ten PM. The full moon made the otherwise busy Norfolk channels seem like daylight and we climbed...

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Oct 29, 2011 - Alligator-Pungo Canal to Belhaven NC

10/29/11 Day 5 – Alligator River Anchorage – ICW MM105 - N35:40.5 W76:05.0 to Pungo Creek (South of Belhaven NC) – ICW MM136.5 - N35:31.0 W76:38.7 Left 7:30 am Arrived 1:00 pm - Miles Traveled ¬ 31.5 Weather: High 63 Low 36 degrees - Wind: NW 20-30 Hi All! We left Elizabeth City yesterday and went across the Albemarle Sound. It was quite windy but the wind was behind us so all was good. We decided to anchor just outside of the Alligator-Pungo canal. It was protected and sleeping was good! We woke up to 66 degrees inside the boat which was...

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Nov 3, 2008 - Heading South...in a hurry

We are back on the cruising trail again. The push for us this time is to get down to Key West by mid month, spend about a month there at the Boca Chica marina and cross to the Bahamas in time to host the kids for a Christmas thing. The truck has already been delivered to the Keys, so ground transport is in place. This will prove important, because Jean has a two week round trip to Arlington out of Miami starting on 19 November. Wende is six weeks from delivery of twins and Jean's grandmom hormones are firing up. That is the plan anyway and...

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May 14, 2007 - Belhaven, NC

Well we had to leave Ocracoke for provisions and supplies. We traveled about 250 miles and ended up about 60 miles from Ocracoke. We did a big circle and now we're back on the mainland. So we found this really cool campground right on the Pungo river. This river runs down to the Pamlico Sound and eventually out into the Atlantic. Really nice people, non-crowded and full hookups for $20/night! Couldn't beat it so we stayed about 2.5 weeks. Plus all you had to do was to drag your kayak about 20 feet to the canal and off you went! Well it...

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Viva la Vita

Oct 16, 2005 - South through North Carolina

Fair weather finally allowing us to bid farewell to Elizabeth City early this morning, we joined the throng of similarly delayed vessels and ventured south along the Elizabeth River, through the Albemarle Sound, south along the Alligator River and along the Alligator River - Pungo River Canal. Three long days of travel, 86 miles on the first day to Belhaven, NC; 93 miles (10 1/2 hours) on the second day to Swansboro, NC and finally 90 miles (11 1/2 hours)to Wilmington, NC. We have veered north off the ICW and followed the Cape Fear River...

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