Sunset at sea. Red sky and night...sailors delight!
Well...we're home in Oriental. I suppose this is good, but we do love cruising the Bahamas. On the sad side, we had a great year (season). The weather and hunting was terrific. The boat behaved itself properly and over all, we had a fun time.
We had a pretty good trip up the coast. We left from the Bahamas and sailed to St. Augustine. We had to wait there for over a week to get a weather window. We like St. Augustine so it was a good time...just long on the mooring ball. We left there and had a good overnight outside to Charleston. We stayed there for three nights and went outside to Cape Lookout at the bottom of the outer banks of North Carolina. That was a motor sail just about the whole way. On the good side, it was a calm ocean. We stayed there and left the next morning for Oriental. That was the only ICW we had to travel the entire trip home...about 18 miles up Adam's Creek.
The lighthouse at Cape Lookout
The Bight is a great anchorage
When we arrived Mike and Kathy (Sapphire) met us at the dock along with Corbin, Carol, Bob, and Betty...all close friends here in Oriental. It was cloudy and not very warm...but we were home. Thanks to Mike and Kathy, the condo was all cleaned and ready for us.
So now we unpack, sort out, and store lots of "stuff" from Fine Lion. We're even doing some spring cleaning in the condo. That means throwing things out that we just don't use. Of course, we are now in the land of retail opportunities. Life will keep marching on for us.
As I look back, I have to say that we enjoyed just about every mile of the 2,850 that we traveled on Fine Lion over the last seven months. The people, cruisers, and islands that we encountered were fantastic...great memories.
So now let's see what the future holds.