Departing Southport and St James the first traffic we came to was a super sized cargo ship arriving into the Cape Fear River.
We made a long day trip from Southport to Camp Lejeune where we anchored for the night. We made and early arrival to Swansboro to visit with Annette’s cousin.
From Swansboro it was onto Campbell Creek and a visit with MV Lab Partners and SV Braveheart. We had a terrific couple of days gabbing with Mike, Kathy, Beth & Rip.
The morning of departure from Campbell Creek gave us a wonderful sunrise with a slight foggy mist…always afforded a beautiful gift.
100 miles to Portsmouth, VA
We generally avoid car traffic but yet there is the occasional car ferry!
We are having a problem with our Northern Light Generator so made a stop into Atlantic Yacht Basin to have that resolved. One of the tasks we had planned for our time in the Norfolk area was to get these kids out of storage.
Being moored at AYB affords us a clear view of the Intercostal Waterway and all the various boats and barges that transit this section of the waterway. This portion of the waterway bypasses the notorious Cape Hatteras so I assume that is why there is so much barge traffic.
The upside of delay was a family visit with my sister, her daughter and new baby hanging out ready to get on with her nap!!
Even as sun is setting the big barges are still moving….
Even before arriving back in Galesville for our spring visit we are planning our next adventure. The next adventure is our version of the “Loop.” We will depart directly from the Pentagon Sailing Club event in Oxxford MD heading west on the Erie Canal to Rochester, NY, north across Lake Ontario through the Canadian Trent Severn Canal system. We will make a brief visit to Georgian Bay heading though the straights of Mackinac to a visit with my folks in Ludington, a visit with a very old friend in Wisconsin returning back east via Detroit and Sandusky, OH. As with any new water we travel there is a certain level anxiety but the accompanying excitement far out weighs. We try and do our homework to be as prepared as we can. Most of all we are excited that for some of the way we will travel with a friends boat and then further on in the trip visiting places and seeing friends and family and having them visit our home. Going to be an exciting summer that is for sure!!!
Tragic Wake Up Call: I finished this blog a couple of days ago and had yet to get it published. Yesterday we were on our from Hampton, VA to Reedville looking forward to meeting up with some friends we had not crossed paths with in a couple of years. Approaching Reedville Annette heard a PAN-PAN from a boat a couple miles behind us. As the woman related to the Coast Guard ; she and her husband were returning to their home dock have a cruise to NC. It appeared the woman had medical experience and related that her husband had a heart attack and after CPR etc had no signs of life. After the relevant information had been exchanged we called her and offered any assistance she may need. She declined and was focused on getting to their dock in Reedville where appropriate help was waiting. It was a tragedy for sure and reminder to us, you never know the time, so live like it could be soon….btw, the man that passed was 55 years old.