Posted by: tflana | November 9, 2015

Rain, fog, sun, fog, and more rain!

It has been a mostly wet week on our trip south, which is really okay because it isn’t cold at this point!  The only negative part of this week is putting on wet foul weather gear 2-3 days in a row!

Scout at dock at The River Forest Marina in Belhaven, NC

Scout at dock at The River Forest Marina in Belhaven, NC

The River Forest Marina in Belhaven, NC has been renovating the main house for the past year and it is beautiful.  If I had a daughter that was getting married, I would seriously consider this as a venue.  They have suites in the house that you can rent as well as small apartments for friends of family.  The interior of the main house is just perfect, I could easily see a bridge arriving at the front portico in a horse drawn carriage for the ceremony and then dance on the deck for the reception.

The River Forest Marina

The River Forest Marina

A grand of dame at the River Forest Marina

A grand of dame at the River Forest Marina

The front entrance to the main house at the River Forest Marina

The front entrance to the main house at the River Forest Marina

We finally left River Forest Marina in Belhaven, NC after the water pump was replaced.  It was pouring the morning we left but that was going to be the forecast for the next few days.  I found an anchorage just off the ICW 20 miles south of Belhaven, remember it is all about going south!  By staging it this way we were able to make it to Spooners Creek the next day.  The plan had been to anchor there in the rain where it was fairly easy to provision, but plans quickly changed and Brian didn’t get to sleep in like he planned.  The Sail Magazine Rally invited us to anchor with them at Miles Hammock in Camp Lejeune for a dinghy raft up.  Brian and I have great memories from last year with the ralliers, we figured why not but there was not as much giggling involved.  We had a gorgeous sunset with 2 Sikorsky Black Hawk Helicopters practicing maneuvers over our boats!

Tara just wet

Tara just wet

Brian still can smile after 2 days of wet foul weather gear

Brian still can smile after 2 days of wet foul weather gear

Even though it was raining, we sailed as much as possible

Even though it was raining, we sailed as much as possible

I planned our next leg of the journey for the next day with an early departure to get through Brown’s Inlet and a few of the weirdly timed bridges, all was planned to the minute, as our days normally are when underway.  Unfortunately, when I woke up, there was a very dense fog, not good when you can’t visualize where your ICW markers are.  We decided to go for it and we were following a boat from Quebec, Passion Rebel.  This family was so good at calling back any issues and promised me over the radio they try to keep 9 feet under them at all times, sounds good to us!  There was only about 3 boat lengths ahead of us in visibility, very nerve wracking, but all in all a very successful journey, bridges were timed perfectly and we had the anchor down in Wrightsville beach by 2:30 pm!

Scout in the morning fog at Miles Hammock anchorage

Scout in the morning fog at Miles Hammock anchorage

Leaving Miles Hammock Anchorage in pea soup fog

Leaving Miles Hammock Anchorage in pea soup fog

Leaving Miles Hammock Anchorage at Camp Lejeune we only had about a 3 boat length of visibility!

Leaving Miles Hammock Anchorage at Camp Lejeune we only had about a 3 boat length of visibility!

The Sail Magazine again included us at the Sunset Beach Grill for dinner.  Brian and I had a blast, it was so much fun not being the newbies anymore, and we were actually able to give informative answers to all of the Bahama questions! Yeah us.

The next day was our day at the beach, the dogs were allowed on the beach because it is past season.  Pickles was in her glory, give her sand and her smile is present.  She still prefers the finer sands at Red Shanks in Georgetown, but she cant be picky.  Even Brian had a chance to go body surfing, I love watching him act like a little kid with a sh_t eating grin on his face. We haven’t had such a fun day since Block Island!

Brian swimming in almost Bahama like water, such a welcome sight after so many days of rain

Brian swimming in almost Bahama like water, such a welcome sight after so many days of rain

Pickles dreaming of the beaches in the Bahamas while on anchor at Wrightsville Beach, NC

Pickles dreaming of the beaches in the Bahamas while on anchor at Wrightsville Beach, NC

Pickles soaking up the sun in Wrightsville Beach

Pickles soaking up the sun in Wrightsville Beach

The next day we left in fog again which was made a little more difficult because there was a paddle board race in Motts Channel.  Every once in a while there appeared a paddle boarder out of no where.  We had to leave at a certain time to get a favorable current in the Cape Fear River on our way to Southport, NC.  This will be our last stop in North Carolina.  We opted to stay at Indigo Plantation Marina, great place.  A little bit of a hike to town, but it is less expensive than the surrounding marinas and it has free laundry (a cruisers happy time).  We chose to stay here 3 nights because yes it is raining a lot!

Afternoon drink at Fishy Fish in Southport, NC

Afternoon drink at Fishy Fish in Southport, NC

Just under 1000 miles to go to the Duval Crawl

Just under 1000 miles to go to the Duval Crawl

Sunset at Southport, NC

Sunset at Southport, NC

Tomorrow we are off to the Calabash River which is the border between NC and SC, we are going south!  We loved this little anchorage on our way north.  After that we are on our way to South Myrtle Beach, SC and our regular stop at Osprey Marina.  We will be lucky enough to have lunch with Bob and Tracey Geer, friends from CT!

Hope it is dry and warm where you are, we are just a tad mildewy!


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