Terryaki Chicken and TortillasKeith, a light rain is coming through after dinner tonight
07/26/2008, Cape Lookout Anchorage
Afternoon Walk Along The Beach At Cape Lookout AnchorageKeith, sunny and warm
Heading Out Beaufort Inlet To the AtlanticKeith, sunny and clear
The land we anchored near last night is called Carrot Island. There are wild horses there brought by the spanish hundreds of years ago. No horse sightings, but we did find evidence of their presence. Jake has taken to jumping out of the dingy when he thinks he's near enough to shore to swim. He pretty much swam from the sailboat to the beach this morning and Anne and I followed him. We walked around for a bit but it was getting hot already and the weather was perfect and I wanted to get going while the going was good. 15 minutes later we were off to tonight's anchorage at Cape Lookout. To get here we traveled out the Beaufort inlet into the Atlantic and then along the coast for 10 miles to the inlet. It was an uneventful cruise, except for the rocking caused by all the powerboats exiting the inlet. I lost my good 1 gallon gas tank that I keep on the dingy when a particularly big set of wakes hit us. I have another one, but it isn't as good as the one that went overboard. I probably should have turned around and retrieved it, but I didn't know if it was going to get worse and just stayed my course out the inlet. It was a bit overwhelming when I started feeling the swell of the open Atlantic, but Tropical Dreamer handles it excellently and just cruises along. I put out the jenny sail (that's the foward sail - the big one) but of course the wind was coming from the direction I was headed, so I powered all the way here. It is a beautiful area, almost completely sheltered harbor. There are tons of boats here, but the harbor is probably two miles in each direction so there's plenty of room. A lot of people will be gone by sunset. Soon Jake and Anne and I will go on a long walk along the beach to the lighthouse and museum across the way. Then perhaps an afternoon nap. I can't believe I get internet here. It's pretty far from town.
A Chance Encounter With New FriendsKeith, beautiful evening
07/26/2008, Front Street anchorage, Beaufort, NC
I was hanging out on the boat enjoying the sunset when I noticed the kid with the Catalina 25 trying to push her off the beach to no avail. I got in my dingy to help but it was too late, the little sailboat was careened on its side and wasn't going anywhere until the tide came back up. I was chatting with the guy when his friend was dropped off from a passing boat wearing a backpack and toting a cooler. The three of us sat around talking and wound up becoming friends. I brought the dogs to the beach and they had a ball playing with their new dog friend. It was one of those beach nights where the air is cool and comfortable and the water feels perfect. We wound up having a few beers and watching the sunset while sitting on their grounded, tilted-over sailboat. The beach was all sand and there were no waves, so it the boat was perfectly safe. It felt like when you're all heeled over from sailing hard but frozen in the moment with no movement. Turns out those "kids" are marine fighter pilots 1/2 way through training. They fly harrier jump jets. You wouldn't have known it from their kind demeanor. Later in the evening we took Little Dreamer across the waterway to the Boat House, a waterside bar/restaurant, where a live band was playing along the water. It seemed that all the cruisers and other boat people in town were there. It was really festive. By the time I dropped the marines off at their boat, it was almost floating again. When I awoke at 9:00 a.m. to a sunny morning today, they were gone. Didn't even get an e-mail. It seems we make friends almost everywhere we go while cruising, but then we part to go on with the adventure. I look forward to meeting up with someone I met previously on this or another cruise, like meeting an old friend along the way.
Anchored At Front Street07/25/2008, Beaufort, NC
I caught the 3:30 p.m bridge opening and went through to anchor off Front Street. This is a historic area where sailing ships have anchored since the 1700s. The black muck at the bottom is hundreds of years old. It is nice to be in a new place tonight. We are just off the town dingy dock and I look forward to an evening walk through town tonight.
Jake And Anne Crashed-Out After A Long Afternoon WalkKeith, overcast and humid
07/25/2008, Beaufort Town Creek Dock
There is a lot of debate about whether it is a good idea to take larger dogs cruising. Granted, they take a lot of work and make a mess, but the thought of leaving these dogs to someone else is inconceivable. They do fine on the sailboat. Better than me a lot of the time. It's not too small a space. I watched a younger guy on a 25 foot sailboat anchor so close to shore that his dog swam to and from the boat and was perfectly happy doing so. Jake and Anne get to dingy to and from the boat. I think they are just happy to be together with their pack, which fortunately includes me.
Lunch While Preparing For Continued CruisingKeith, overcast and threatening thunderstorms, but nothing yet
07/25/2008, Town Creek Anchorage
After the morning's explorations, I made a cheese tortilla and enjoyed down home mexican picante sauce with it. The local tomato from Oriental was like a full-fledged side dish with the additional of some fresh ground pepper and sea salt.
Exploring Beaufort, NCOvercast and muggy, but bearable
I was walking along front street with the dogs and watching the lines of people waiting for boats to visit the outer banks. I asked around and it turns out North Carolina's cruising crown jewel is a 1/2 day trip north along the Atlantic coast from this here spot. So I purchase a North Carolina cruising guide and a set of charts for the state and off I go. To the kind person who wrote a recent comment recommending I visit Cape Lookout, - thank you. Before that, there is this huge park just constructed next to the Town Creek anchorage and I took the dogs to walk there off leash in the morning and in the afternoon today. Evidently it was constructed as a home for old fashioned tall ships. They haven't arrived yet. Little Dreamer is not exactly a tall ship, but she has been around, from Martini cove in San Carlos to Oriental, NC. Now the dogs are crashed out on deck. I've got a picture of my two damp canine companions as they sleep off today's exercise in a later post.
Jake & Anne Playing, Tropical Dreamer Can Be Seen At Top Right In The DistanceKeith, sunny and pleasant
07/25/2008, Beaufort Town Creek Anchorage
Our Anchorage Off The Sailing School07/25/2008, Beaufort, NC
As soon a we arrived, a neighboring boater came right over on his dingy. He was broke and wanted to sell me an extra anchor by telling story after story of why I needed a third one. He's probably right, but the dogs were getting restless and he took his leave not soon enough. Said he had been anchored in this small town for four years getting medical treatment. Mind numbing. I lowered the dingy, attached the engine, and drove over to a beachy area nearer town and let the dogs play. It was quite calm last night but a little sticky - not enough breeze. Had to install the screens due to skeeters. Great telephone, internet, and even tv reception here (I have a sweet powered tv receiver that will become obsolete when digital takes over, but until then, works amazingly).
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