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Who: Wayne & Pat
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rainy morning
12/02/2008, Charleston Harbor City Marina to S. Edisto River Anchorage

Tuesday, December 2, 2008
(N32*37.218, W80*23.87

Definitely calmer out today. I listened to the pitter patter of a gentle rain early this morning then decided that if I didn't get up, put my bucket and pans around the mast and under the butterfly hatch where the water manages to leak in that I'd be mopping up water with my newly washed towels, so fumbled around in the dark to find and place them, then went back to bed and listened to the ping, ping, ping of the rain hitting my bucket and pans (good placement). As much as I wanted to go back to sleep, I couldn't, so at 5:30 am got back up, put the coffee on, waited for it to finish perking, then grabbed my cup and went to the showers. I love mornings when the possibilities of a new day are endless. I even liked seeing my breath and feeling the chill air nip at my cheeks as I walked towards the shower knowing that an abundance of hot water in a clean facility was waiting for me. Back on the boat I read a little & Wayne got up. We heard a golf cart come up and stop, and a plop. Our morning paper was on deck again. I forgot to mention that yesterday morning a USA Today was waiting for us up top. The City Dock must deliver papers during the weekdays to all the boats on the Mega Dock and not on weekends. Another neat service that they provide as well as wifi, etc... Oh also a neat tote bag too.

Played a game on the computer with my second cup of coffee and putzed about the boat until Wayne was up and ready to go. Sea Sharp pulled out about an hour before us, then the other Montreal Canadian boat in front of us pulled out so we waited until he cleared us, then we pulled out about 10 minutes behind them (around 9:10). After going through Elliott's Cut (they're right the currents are something but they were with us so we didn't have to fight them - just steer them) Wayne took the helm and I went below to make grilled ham/cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. I figured something warm would be good since it was chilly (it really hit the spot). After lunch I sat and read and went below to putz around for a while. We were originally going to put in at Fishing Creek but ended up a few miles down to the S. Edisto River. Fishing Creek didn't look so good which is good because this place looks more wildlife friendly. We're anchored on a bend near to large docks that don't seem to belong to anyone - no houses in sight, just plenty of swamp grass and some trees. A good place for reflection, and probably fishing too. There are a lot of fish here and from the looks of it, pretty good size ones too!

Can it really be December already???
High winds, waves, still small craft advisory out
12/01/2008, Charleston, SC

I can't believe that it's December already. The days seem to blur into each other so fast. We seem to move so slowly but seem so far from home at the same time. Very strange...

After listening to the weather and then getting ready to leave, the winds and currents were still pushing us into the wall so we then decided to stay today. We'd missed the optimum time for timing the tides and currents to make it through Elliott's Cut, which has notoriously fast and nasty currents if you don't time them correctly.

Checked back into the marina and this time we have power tonight! They finally got a splitter for us YAY! Took the courtesy van into town - the 11:00 one always goes to West Marine (they bought a splitter there LOL) and after dropping the West Marine people off there, they dropped us back in town and we walked about looking at all the buildings, and through the market area again, this time with camera in hand. I think Wayne aggravated his knee again in the back of the van (it was crowded so he was on a pillow in the back next to Mike) and didn't enjoy the walk as much this time. I went to the Customs house and shot some pictures - it was a beautiful building but I could only go on the first floor. Today a new law goes into effect and all incoming shipments need to have some new ID - it must be keeping them busy in the harbor because there were very few people about.

We went back to the marketplace. One vender didn't want me to take pictures of her cypress bowls, which bummed me out because they looked beautiful, gleaming a yellow gold, in the sun streaming through the building. So I put my camera away while walking through the market.

It looks like all the Bridge People stayed today and are leaving tomorrow. I was trying to budget my time and figure out whether to shower tonight or tomorrow morning - thinking tonight would probably be better and for some strange reason the discussion led to another stupid argument - we seem to be having a few of those lately for some reason.

Oh hey - the picture is of a phone pole where people stand and wait. It looks like there are quite a few gum chewers aye?

Laundry day on the Megadock
Wet, wet, wet - Rain, high winds, high waves, temps in the 50s
11/30/2008, Charleston, SC

After making breakfast, Wayne got a cart for me to haul the laundry to the laundry facilities so I took it over and read some of their magazines while doing the laundry. They have 2 commercial size washers & driers so between leafing through the magazines and loads I propped the door open to cool it off inside the laundry room and watched it as the raindrops splashed off the dock and made patterns in the water. It had finally let up, then really started to really pour as I walked back to the boat. I was glad that I thought ahead and brought large plastic bags to put the laundry in, in case it did decide to rain again. I wish I'd have brought my rain gear for me LOL - By the time I got back to the boat I was soaked and the garbage bags were holding puddles of water as I tossed them onto the boat. I now needed a drier for me!

After we put our laundry away and I dried off, we waited for the pump-out boat and the diesel key for gas (did I mention you can gas up while at your dock here???), then we caught the courtesy van into town (it runs every hour and they pick you back up when you call them) and walked through the Market area where venders sell all manner of goods. There were basket ladies making and selling wonderful baskets and trays that they've been making since the days of slaves. They'd use them to clean the chaff off of the rice (in the days of the plantations). I'd have loved to have bought one; they're beautiful, but very expensive as they should be with all the labor that goes into them.

We scouted out the restaurants, I'd wanted to eat at one of the local ones but we ended up at Bubba Gumps (which is fine with me too - Wayne liked the prices better), and then walked over to the Harris Teeter store for groceries.

Wow, what a nice food store! It's huge and has everything. We stocked up on pop and beer since we don't have to carry if for miles and we got miscellaneous food items, and then waited for the Courtesy Van back to the boat (more rain). I can't believe that the rain and winds still haven't slacked up. The boat is rocking and my rain bucket is between a quarter & half full. We still don't have power at the dock - still no splitter, but since we're leaving tomorrow it I guess it doesn't matter at this point. It would have been nice to charge up and use the computer under power though.

Hope the waves and wind slacken up for our departure tomorrow - it's really howling through here with force. When we got back to the boat you could see the mast slanted towards the dock - we're really at a lean...

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