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Back to Harborwalk
Beverly/sunny and chilly in the morning, warmer in the afternoon
10/03/2015, Harborwalk marina

One of the sights along the Texas ICW

Today we left the San Bernard River early and proceeded to the Brazos River floodgates. We were a little nervous about that because last time the water was flowing swiftly and there was a lot of debris. But this time (since they had no recent rain) the crossing was easy. There was still a little debris in the ICW on both sides of the river, but was easily avoided. A short delay for 1 barge and we were through. We headed on north through Freeport and decided to spend the night at our old marina, Harborwalk. We spent the evening talking to friends and going out for pizza with my sister (who also brought our mail - thanks, Cindy!).

First Anchorage This Trip
Beverly/sunny and cooler
10/02/2015, San Bernard River, TX

Today we opted to anchor in the San Bernard River. Along the way we went through the Caney Creek pontoon bridge. It took us 8 hours to cover about 37 miles since we had wind and current slowing us down. We also kept finding stowaway crickets and throwing them overboard. The wind is forecast to be much lighter tomorrow, which will be better for us when we transit the Brazos River floodgates. Due to wind direction we chose to go north about 2 miles on the river and are anchored in the opening of a small oxbow. It's quiet, although occasionally fishing boats come by. As we cruised upstream we passed a flock of roseate spoonbills resting in the mudflats. Beautiful!

Slacker Driving

This is what we like to call "slacker driving" (with no autopilot) because you just have to adjust the wheel slightly every few minutes. Of course, we do look around periodically to make sure nothing's sneaking up on us.

Another Day on the ICW
Beverly/sunny and warm
10/01/2015, Matagorda Harbor, TX

Today we made the 39 nm run to Matagorda Harbor in 8 hours. We were delayed at the Colorado River locks due to barge traffic but the rest of the trip went smoothly. Matagorda Bay was more a moderate chop than the predicted smooth to light chop, and wind was on the nose most of the way. We arrived at the Matagorda Harbor marina early enough to shower and go to the restaurant on-site. The food was good and the servings generous, plus service was excellent.

Dragonfly hitch hiker

Off to New Adventures
Beverly/sunny and warm
09/30/2015, Sanctuary marina

Sunrise leaving Rockport

Today we left Rockport with most of our "to do" list checked off. The rest will have to wait for another time. We headed to Port O'Connor, and are staying at Sanctuary. It's about 44 nm and took 9 hours. For some reason we were plagued with lovebugs (messy), biting flies (bad), and big dragonflies (good). The weather was great and we're happy to be moving again.

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