|November 2006, Norfolk, VA|
Well we finally got underway this fall. Didn't have my camera so no pictures until now. The night before departure, this ship arrived. It was a Norwegian training ship out building character in the North Atlantic in November and December :-).
|November 8, 2006, Dismal Swamp Canal, NC
Early morning on the Dismal Swamp Canal, dug by hand in 1805 to connect the Albemarle Sound to the the Elizabeth River and the Chesapeake Bay.
|November 8, 2006, Pasquotank River, NC|
We're supposed to go between the red lights but, as you can see, not just yet!
Sometimes you have to give way to a superior force.
|November 10, 2006, Elizabeth City, NC
We were told that Elizabeth City, NC is the place where all the blimps in America are made.
This is the remaining hangar; the other one recently burned in a spectacular fire - no kidding!!
|November 11, 2006, Alligator River, NC|
Just off Bear Point on the Alligator River. We anchored here a couple of times on our previous trip and found it quite nice.
This is another boat in the anchorage, around 7:30AM.
|November 17, 2006, North Carolina
Sunset in the Mile Hammock Bay anchorage. We have just passed through Camp LeJuene, a military training facility.
These folks are arriving just before dark. You can't see it but the anchorage is quite full.
One of the nice things about the new Katrissa is that we are a bit faster than most of the boats that anchor out and we can get to the anchorages before the main part of the crowd :-).
|November 19, 2006, Cape Fear River, NC|
Great trip down the Cape Fear River. Very quiet, passed only one sailboat, then this guy came around the corner. I had to take the picture before he was real close because we had to pass quite close because of the nearby shoals - got a pretty good wake as he went by!
|November 20, 2006, Waccamaw River, SC
Running down the Waccamaw River towards Georgetown, SC, you travel through a lot of beautiful cypress forest (swamp?), easily identifiable by the wide lower part ot the trunk.
|November 21, 2006, Georgetown, SC|
Beautiful downtown Georgetown, waiting for the rain to stop. Just for fun, here is the weather forcast for the next few days for Charleston, SC, our next destination:
|November 22, 2006, Georgetown, SC |
Here we are at the dock in Georgetown. Not the greatest marina or dockage, but the location was excellent for waiting out the weather, and only 200-300 yards from downtown.
If you're ever in this town, check out the pub called "Big Tuna" :-)
|November 23, 2006, South Carolina|
After leaving Georgetown, we moved on down to a very nice anchorage south of Charleston, on the Stono River. The weather has changed and it's finally sunny and warm in the daytime, though still quite cold at night (low 40's).
We went through some of the South Carolina "Low Country" - lots of winding rivers and cuts between them, low marshy land, and a tidal range around 5-6 feet. (It will get higher later on in Georgia.)
|November 24, 2006, Beaufort, SC |
Arrived in Beaufort, SC. This is possibly my favorite town on the waterway, lots of old houses, preserved but not necessarily restored; has lots of shops and restaurants downtown within a few blocks of the marina.
Docking was a little tricky with the 2-3 knots of current. The dockhands performed a neat little maneuver to get us pointed so we will be able to leave up-current on Sunday.
The evening was beautiful - here we are at the Beaufort Downtown Marina around 6pm.
|November 25, 2006, Beaufort, SC|
11:30AM: The tide is in..........
You can see that the bridge from the fixed bulkhead on the left is level with the floating dock on the right.
|November 25, 2006, Beaufort, SC |
5:30PM: .....and the tide is out.
Around 6 hours later, the floating docks are a lot lower, as is the sailboat tied along side.
|November 26, 2006, Parris Island, SC|
Parris Island is the location of the largest US Marine boot camp in the country.
If you are interested, the number is 1-800-MARINES :-)
|November 28, 2006, New Tea Kettle Creek, GA |
One of the main activities while underway is watching out for crab pots. The large wire cages are 10-30 ft. underwater, and marked by a small floating buoy attached with a line. If the line gets in the propeller, it's obviously bad news. And they often make them really easy to spot by painting the buoys black!
Here is a hard-working waterman out tending his traps.
|November 28, 2006, Brunswick, GA|
Entering the mouth of the Brunswick River, with St. Simon's Island Lighthouse in the background.
The Atlantic Ocean is off in the distance, and the Port or Brunswick is off the picture, hard to the right about 5 miles.
|November 30, 2006, Brunswick, GA |
Wanda and Ruth-Anne arrived earlier today for a crew change; Wanda and I will continue on in a few days for Florida and points beyond.