Bahamas Charts And Guides GaloreKeith, nice
08/11/2008, Charleston City Marina Anchorage
The Austrailian couple I spent time with while in Charleston are slowly sailing around the world. They started in Austrailia (obviously) and have worked their way this far after many years. I can see why they are hanging out in Charleston as this is a major port for world cruisers and an interesting city with a good vibe. For me it was just an enjoyable and easy stop along the ICW. The Austrailian couple sailed across the Atlantic and landed in the Carribian, where they evidently hung out for a long time. As part of those travels, they geared up for serious cruising in the Bahamas. Unfortunately, their 40 foot boat (Magnum) draws 7 feet and that was too much for a lot of the good Bahamas anchorages. I draw 4.5 feet - much, much better. They determined they were not going to cruise back there even though they are going back to the Carribian this winter. Maybe I'll see them there. In the meantime, I can now travel from the top to the bottom of the Bahamas with these great charts and guides I bought from them for a fraction of the cover prices. I've already started studying them as I expect to be ready for the crossing in the next several weeks.
In Case You Didn't Believe It, A Shot Of the Racoon Crashed Out On The Deck of TDA Nice Sunset
Anne and Jake Have A PlaydateKeith, a nice summer afternoon (they do exist - note today)
08/09/2008, Charleston Harbor
One of the gentlemen who helped me with the boat this afternoon brought his pet racoon. He left the cute little creature with me while he went below with the plumbers wrenches, ect., so I had a chance to get to know the thing. I could tell it was lonely without any other racoons to be with, but otherwise it was making its way the best it could. I got it to take a nap between the towels covering the seat cushons but my boat became the location of a little Charleston Harbor cruisers party and he had to go home with his owner not long afterward. He was just a baby - really cute - but wild - looking for a teet, so to speak. Evidently it is fed cat formula. I would criticize, but I understand Jake was a runt and needed to be bottle fed. And look at him now. The dogs accepted him reluctantly when I explained that we were babysitting this afternoon.
Charleston Farmer's Market On Saturday MorningKeith, nice
This place has a kick ass Saturday Farmer's Market. The land was granted for use as a market hundreds of years ago and the people have honored that ever since. I enjoyed many hours there and stocked my fridge with the choicest vegetables, in addition to a hearty lunch of BBQ.
Charleston Farmer's Market TomatoesKeith, hot but nice, dare I say
Sunset Someplace Near Where I've Been08/09/2008
This picture is probably from my boat in Charleston harbor, but who knows, it all blends together sometimes.
Charleston, The World CityKeith, hot but nice
I spent the day in Charleston, USA. It could have been Budapest or Hong Kong - there is something about this place. It is wordly. I've gotten to know a few people today, including an Austrailian couple that have been crusing for 17 years or more and an old burnout who helped me when my anchor dragged as I returned from a day exploring this historic city. Is the guy in the picture the Austrailian or the Burnout. You tell me. The point is between the two of them, the slow leak on Tropical Dreamer has been put under control with the tightening of my packing nut assembly.
Sunset In CharlestonKeith, nice
It is 6:30 a.m. and the sun is about to come over the horizon. The dogs are still sleeping but they'll be happy to jump into action as soon as we're ready to go to shore. We took the dingy to the City Marina yesterday late afternoon. It was a long ride past a lot of fancy boats to get the place where dingys can dock. Even then it was very urban and built up and we didn't stay on shore for long - just enough time for the dogs to do their thing. Met a nice Austrailian couple on the way back. They have cruised for 10 years or more, from Austrailia, Indonisia, the whole shebang. They are heading north for the season. He said his draft is over 7 feet so he does all his traveling in the ocean and not the ICW. Says all the engine driving would drive him crazy. I kind of like it. I'm sure the dogs prefer it.
The View Ahead08/08/2008, 60 miles to Charleston
We're anchored in a nice large secluded area about 35 miles from Charleston. We cruised about 35 miles today. It was so beautiful. South Carolina cruising is wonderful. Great scenery, deep water, plenty of places to anchor. It got a bit blustery as the sun set but the anchor held fine and we made a little power from the wind turbine while waiting out the storm. Evidently it hit much worse farther south. Cool evening. I'll bring the dogs to shore at first light and then either head the rest of the way to the big city or break the trip into two days, depending on how we feel. Need to get a few things done in Charleston, but it can wait another day or two.
And I've seen many of these along the way so far. Today the dolphins seemed to be following us - or vice versa.
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