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Apr 23, 2016 - Plans changed again, but we are moving toward home.

As usual, our plans changed along the way. We headed out of Fernandina Beach, FL into the ocean. The good news was that the water was fairly flat, with long rollers. The other good news was that we had enough wind to make it worth putting the sails out, but not enough to just sail without the motor. But we had six hours of good motor/sailing before the wind died and we rolled the sails in. We still did decently and arrived at the Charleston, SC channel around 0200 the next morning with the light winds and decent seas. So, we continued...

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Oct 26, 2015 - Alternator--maybe tomorrow--still in Southport

We are still waiting for the alternator. Fred talked to Zimmerman Marine this afternoon; they had sent someone to Wilmington to pick it up. It will be installed tomorrow. Today was overcast and windy…not very warm. Tomorrow is supposed to be windy and rainy. Neither day was ideal for traveling, so we aren’t upset about waiting. I took a nice walk yesterday and am posting some pictures taken during the walk. I did laundry this morning…washed the jeans we had lived in the first few days of the trip. Other than that we have been mostly lazy,...

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Oct 24, 2015 - Movd on to Southport, NC

The morning after we got to Wrightsville Beach, we motored south on the ICW to Southport. The wire ties broke 5 times on the 20 mile trip, but Fred replaced the broken ones and we made the trip with no problems. As a matter of fact, we arrived at the fixed bridge at Snow’s Cut when the tide was ebbing and, therefore, the bridge height was no problem. Then, we rode the ebb down the Cape Fear River. When a wire tie broke, we were making 3.5 knots with no engine assist. That makes for a quick ride down the river. We tied up at the South...

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Apr 16, 2015 - The Carolinas on our Mind

From Beaufort we made our way toward Charleston along the low-country marshes, rivers and cuts. Early in the morning we came up on what looked like a riverside baptism. Dozens of folks knee deep in the middle of nowhere. On closer inspection, it appeared to be a school nature outing complete with ritual dunking. South Carolina has a dredging problem. At low tide, even in mid channel, we were barely skinning thru. Over the last decade this has gotten progressively worse. We notice that many of the other snow birds choose to remain at the...

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2014-15 Adventures

Nov 18, 2014 - Nights of November 13,14 in Southport, NC hoping for weather window to go in ocean.

The notable happening today was having two dolphin swim alongside Southerly for a couple of miles. They were riding in the wake of the boat right next to the cockpit. First one and then the other would jump over the wake wave. Sometimes one of them would have just the tip of his fin out of the water and it would make a rooster tail. They would turn on their side so we could see their white bellies. They went from one side of the boat to the other and back again. The dolphin are always a joy to behold.

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Sep 12, 2013 - Out of Florida

On 9/10/13 we vacated our house, sold the 2011 Kia, crossed into GA, met sister and husband (Linda & Bob) at GA Exit #29, and arrived Southport, NC at 4am on the morning of the 11th. We seemed to stop at every rest area for a little rest. Have been parked at Jana's (our daughter) place where Justice has been staying to escape the chaos of packing up. Got ourselves organized to start Justice in school today and will have plenty of time for school tomorrow during our 9 hour drive; the three of us will be leaving early tomorrow for a week in...

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Dec 4, 2012 - Guess what we saw today????

Hey – guess what we did today?? We visited . . . two FORTS!! I think this will be it for forts for awhile (maybe)! There are more that I would like to see, including the most famous Civil War fort – Sumter. But those will have to wait. First, we drove south to Fort Fisher. This Fort (I should say the Battle at this Fort) needs no introduction or recap for my Civil War friends. It was a massive and important engagement. Fisher was the largest earthen fort in the US and guarded the entrances to the Cape Fear River which leads to the Port of...

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Nov 10, 2012 - Ancient Mariner part 2

Today we went to Southport, NC. As we arrived on Saturday afternoon there was a gaggle/slew/mob/confusion of boats in the harbor--it was their pirate days celebration. Originally scheduled for the weekend when Hurricane Sandy arrived, it was postponed to Nov. 10. Mostly an excuse to get on a boat, put on silly pirate hats, drink, and cavort. Happily, it was a nice warm day--people didn't need jackets. And the sunset portended a nice day tomorrow.

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Jan 26, 2011 - Public Safety on Bald Head Island

This is for my Law Enforcement, EMS, & Fire Service and everyone else who may be interested. "The Hammocks" area was 1st built in the 1999 era and there continues to be construction of new units/homes and reconditioning of the 1st homes built in this area. I think we already discussed the divided ownership 1/13 of the deeded property, lediscusssuss the yearly maintenance fees. The 1/13 cost of deeded property is down. Why just recently a 2 bedroom 1/13 purchase for went for about $65,000.00. I asked the yearly fee and for a 2 bedroom it is...

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Jan 22, 2011 - Life at #43 Seascape - Bald Head Island

We are settled in with only Virginia missing. Fear not she will be arriving today (Saturday via US Air from Pittsburgh to Charlotte to Wilmington). I took Cindy to the ferry terminal this morning where she bought a round-trip ticket for $14.00. She is going to the Wilmington Airport to pick up her mother for arrival time about 2 PM. It is snowing as I type and I hope the roads will be OK for Cindy's trip to and from Wilmington. My tasks today include keeping the house warm and picking up the ferry passengers about 4:30 or so. Someone had to...

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Jan 20, 2011 - On to Bald Head Island, NC

OK, how do you move all of your wares for a 7 day stay from an RV to a ferry to an Island? Planning, eliminating, going without. Well, as it turns out we are not going without too much. We arrived at the Bald Head Island ferry terminal about 12:30 PM which is located in Southport, NC. The GPS had us going in relative circles for a while because the ferry terminal had moved to a newer, modern all inclusive water transportation terminal that services Bald Head Island. After finding a suitable parking spot for Lucy, making sure John C would be...

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Dec 7, 2009 - Pelicans and Dolphins

We have begun to think that North Carolina is bigger than Texas. But then when you are plodding along at seven knots and taking lots of diagonals across the straight line run, one tends to lose track of the big picture. On departing Morehead City we were tempted to head out to sea and cut off the arc of Onslow Bay to the entrance at Wrightsville Beach. The wind was just a little too stout and our 1000 departure left little choice but to dive into Bogue Sound, the ICW and the expansive Marine Corps training area ahead. It was at this...

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