Hanging Out in Oriental, NC
28 May 2017 | Oriental, NC
Sunny, Hot, Light Winds W 10-15
Okay, so it has been a while since I posted anything on our blog. I apologize for my delinquency. We did make it back to the US safely. We had one minor glitch while making our ocean passage from Great Sale Cay to Beaufort, NC. We had been motor sailing a lot due to the lack of wind and big swells in the gulf stream, so Ron decided to check the oil level. To do that we had to shut off the engine. Which we did and the oil level was fine, however, the engine did not want to restart. It finally started, but we were concerned. We really needed the engine power to get us through the large ocean swells. We were lucky it started and decided we needed to have our favorite boat yard, Deatons Yacht Services, help us figure out why it wouldn't start.
On a more positive note, a really cool thing happened during our ocean passage. A little bird decided to stay with us for a while. He was really friendly and was happy to drink water from my hand. He also sat on my head and shoulder. Eventually, he took a nap down by my feet. He must have been really tired. After his nap he drank some more water, checked things out in our cockpit and even came up and perched on my finger. It was sad when he left us. I hope he made it safely to his final destination.
We made it safely to Beaufort, NC on April 20, along with Blue Jacket our buddy boat. We also met up with our friends Karen and Jerry on Persephone. We took a slip at the Beaufort Docks Marina and then took care of business. We contacted customs and they came to our boat and checked us in to the US. During our visit in Beaufort, we spent some time walking in the quaint town, shopping at the many clothing and accessory shops, eating at the various restaurants and went to the Saturday Farmers market. I just loved it there. It was a great way to ease our way back into the US.
A couple of days later we left Beaufort and went to Oriental, NC where we or I should say, our boat has been since April 23. We decided to have our fuel tanks replaced, which means we are having new ones made. Our fuel tanks were made of black iron which can corrode over time causing sediment in the fuel and possibly leak if they get too bad. So instead of waiting for a problem, Ron decided to have the tanks replaced with aluminum. So needless to say, we are living on the boat here in NC waiting for the new tanks to be built and installed. We have been keeping ourselves busy. Last week we rented a car and went back to Baldwinsville, NY to see our grandsons play their instruments in their spring concert, perform in the play Peter Pan and watch them play Lacrosse in a tournament. It was so great to spend time with our family. Of course we love spending time with Erica, Robert and Enzo ,the dog and of course having some wine with my friend Anna. It was fun catching up with the morning school bus stop crew as well. I can not believe how much all of the kids have grown since we last saw them in December.
So, I will let you know when we are on the move again. In the meantime we are enjoying ourselves in Oriental. We have made several friends and love running in the mornings, riding our bikes around town, and visiting with new friends. We are presently doing the boat chores that we normally do back in Chaumont Bay, NY so that we can just have fun spending time with friends and family when we get back . Hopefully, we will be back sometime in the beginning of July.
We hope you are all starting to enjoy the warmer weather.