Full Laundry Bag And Jake08/13/2008, Beaufort, City Marina
They have three washers and three dryers, each costing $1.25. I used all 6 and got all the laundry done nicely. In the meantime I got a very short haircut at the old fashioned clipper and shave cut place.
Beth El Synagogue In Beaufort, SC08/13/2008
I came across this building, which was right next to a very historic site (the original town armory, later made into the Beaufort city museum, note the castle-like roof) in this very southern, southern town. This town is so southern that I see bumper stickers exclaiming the driver's dedication to the confederacy, such as it is these days. Of course, I had the best southern food I've had in weeks yesterday afternoon, so I shouldn't complain too much. Later, while walking to the grocery and talking to my mom on the cell phone I came across the Jewish cemetary. Jews in antebellum (still don't know that that means) Beaufort. The Lipsitz family name is located both on buildings in old town and on the nicest, most recent gravestones. If I grew up here I probably would have gone to Hebrew school with their grandkids or great grankids. Anyway, it's been a wet day today. The sun has reluctantly come out at the very end of the day, but then it went away again before sunset. More details above.
Sunrise In Beaufort, NCKeith, nice
I've anchored outside the city marina in Beanfort, SC. Took a long walk with the dogs early this morning after the sunrise, then put them inside the boat and went out on my own (note, when I returned hours later, Jake was back on deck, meaning he has found a way to climb back on deck from the cabin by himself). Did laundry at the marina (three washes and three dryers worth), afterwards walked to the Piggley Wiggley and did protein provision (i.e meat purchase). It is only a mile walk each way - the dogs can easily make it with me for a follow-up provision tomorrow. Next to the grocery is an incredible southern bbq joint. It was so good I took some home just to enjoy again for dinner. The combination of southern cooking (i.e african american people) and bbq is, simply, the best food there is. My clothes still smell like pit bbq. I'll go back tomorrow if we get there late enough. I bought a float switch to replace the one that isn't working (I've been running the bilge pump by manual switch 2-4 times per day for about a week - heaven forbid I should have to switch a switch for a few seconds each day - but it has to be fixed even so because if I'm not on the boat for a week for some reason, it will sink without an automatic float switch controlling the electric bilge pump) but after replacing it (the float switch) it still doesn't work. I am most concerned about my mechanical ineptitude as I head towards more dangerous long distance sailing. I called the Beaufort boatyard this morning to get repairs started but didn't get a call back. Called them again this afternoon after a frustrating and failed attempt to get the float switch working and they seemed more cooperative. Maybe tomorrow. The local marina has one 8-d battery similar to the one that went dead on TD over the last few days, but I'm reluctant to try it fearing another mechanical dissapointment. Wet weather is supposed to be coming through tonight and tomorrow. It has been overcast today and showers are coming through sporadically, but nothing too ominous. The hatches are still open letting in precious cool air. Rain spatters are coming through so I have to close them from time to time. The wind turbune is putting out enough power to keep the one working house battery charged enough for internet and perhaps some tv late tonight. It stopped running just now because it charged the system, such as it is, to over 14 volts. I'll probably be here tomorrow at least part of the day, maybe more, depending on whether the boatworks can accomodate me. The bridge that needs to open to get me there doesn't open until 9:00 am., so the morning will be slow going as usual. The day after tomorrow at the latest I expect to be on my way to Georgia.
The Display From The 10 Year Old GPSKeith, hot but clear
08/11/2008, On The Way To Beaufort, SC
The image didn't come out as well as my view in real life, but perhaps you can see the vintage GPS (did I just say that) view of my course so far from Annapolis Maryland in the northern, Chesapeake to the southern edge of South Carolina. Just Georgia to go before I reach Florida.
Beaufort (S.C)Keith, warm but not too humid tonight
I arrived here a few hours ago and took a nap in the heat of the day. The sun will set in about an hour and it is cool enough to explore. I'll take the dogs since they haven't been off the boat since this morning dingy ride to the boat ramp. That turned out to be a great stop. Lots of room to run around off leash with nobody around and the most spectacular view of the waterway. Then we cruised for 35 miles until we reached Beaufort, SC (remember the NC version - it was the first place I stopped after leaving Oriental).
Last Night's Dinner At AnchorKeith, beautiful
08/11/2008, Some Pretty Anchorage in South Carolina
Those are the very tasty tomatoes and cucumbers from the Charleston farmer's market with some spices and oils, pasta with sauted vidalia onions and chopped mushrooms also from the market. The vegetables have a butter sauce that I used to sauce the pasta. I have just enough left over to put in the dog's food this morning.
Last Night's AnchorageKeith, beautiful weather
08/11/2008, 1/2 way from Charleston to Beaufort
I know I will junx it by writing it here, but we've been through a snap of wonder summer weather. After the heat wave we lived in for about a week, the last few days have been just plain summer warm bliss. Maybe its that I'm really getting used to the weather. Yesterday we cruised 32 miles to this location. We got kind of a late start after final coffee and chat on Magnum, filled up with Diesel and water at the Megadock, and headed out. It was a very enjoyable day of cruising. The water is pretty deep here most of the time so its easy to drive the boat - it takes care of itself most of the time. I approached the anchorage late in the afternoon - that was beautiful. Made dinner and it was dark before long. I broke out with all the screens last night, even the companionway screen. It really helped keep the mozzies under control. I don't think I got bit once last night and this anchorage is known as buggy. There is a boat ramp and dock about a 5 minute dingy ride away. I'm going to make coffee, drop the dingy, and take the dogs for a long walk. Then we'll be off for a long cruise today to Beaufort.
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.
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