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Green Turtle Cay
01/20/2012, Bahamas

The trip from Memory Rock to Mangrove Cay to Sale Cay and onto Green Turtle Cay was uneventful, very little to look at but I did managed to get some sailing in finally. Green Turtle Cay was where I cleared customs and spent 5 days on a mooring in Black Sound. Green Turtle Cay was a pleasant surprise, it had all the characteristics of a small Bahamas town. The people where very friendly and easy to talk to. The picture on my previous blog was actually taken in New Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay. I departed for Marsh Harbour on Dec. 17th. I was quite nervous as I had to go "outside" around Whale Cay which has a bad reputation. It was a little rough but quite managable.

01/26/2012 | Heather Byers
Hope you are having fun!!
01/26/2012 | Willa
You are looking fine and in a beautiful place, Bro, but we are anxious to get an update on your activities. Guess you are looking forward to getting Gary on board. Take care of yourself!
01/27/2012 | Guy & Karen
We found your Blog obviously. look great!!

Hope you can keep it up to date as we enjoy follwing your progress.

See you in March
01/30/2012 | Ken and Carole
Sounds like your trip went well, hope you are having as much fun as we are! What are your next plans? Send us an email with your plans...we would love to know how things are going.
02/05/2012 | Lorraine & Ferg
Hey Steve U R looking very well. Sailing agrees with you obviously. Stay safe and keep us posted on your progress!!
02/10/2012 | Willa
Happy Birthday, Steve. Hope you can treat yourself to a great meal to celebrate.
02/19/2012 | ken and carole
Hey steve you need to post more blogs
Vero Beach/West Palm Beach/Memory Rock, Bahamas

Moving right along, my next destination was Hobi Sound on Jan. 6th where I anchored over night before going on to West Palm Beach. I fueled up in West Palm Beach, purchased charts, and made another expensive stop at West Marine. The north end of Lake Worth has a very nice anchorage however I didn't stay as I wanted to be near the outlet for my departure to Memory Rock in the Bahamas.
I moved over to an anchorage at Peanut Island and waited for the weather to be favorable for the crossing. The wind eased and turned to the S.E. so Jan. 10th at 1:30AM I left Florida for the Bahamas. I had an easy crossing and arrived at Mangrove Cay just as it was getting dark and anchored for the night.

St. Augustine to Vero Beach
01/20/2012, Marsh Harbour

The day after Nelson left for Vancouver I started down the ICW myself destination Daytona Beach. From Daytona Beach I carried on to Cape Canaveral and anchored at the Nasa Causeway on Dec. 22. I had a short trip the next day to Melbourne Fl. where I stopped 2 nites in a Marina and visited Pat and Heather White. Dec. 25th, Chrismas Day, I motored down to Vero Beach an tied to a mooring. Vero Beach is a great location, I stayed almost 2 weeks and enjoyed it very much. For many cruisers Vero Beach is thier winter destination.

Going South
01/20/2012, Marsh Harbour Bahamas

Well I will try to get my blog caught up finally. Nelson Crowhurst and myself left Point Lookout Marina on Nov. 25th 2011 destination Bermuda. We motored all day and arrived in Norfork Va. around 2AM the next day. Stayed in Norfork until the 28th and then on through the Great Dismal Swamp on our way to Moorehead City. We got to Moorehead City on Dec. 1st and enjoyed the brief time we had there. Plans changed, we got advice that Bermuda would not be the most prudent destination at this time of year so we sailed down to Charleston. From Charleston we again went of shore to Jacksonville FL. and arrived in St. Augustine on Dec. 10th. The auto-helm was not working properly so we took a mooring ball in St. Augustine. Nelson had to get back to work so he left the 20th for Vancouver. Hopefully Nelson had a good time and the trip was memorable for hime.

Elizabeth City to Norfolk VA.

I'm just going through my log now to finish off my blog covering the trip north. We arrived in Elizabeth City on Aug. 2nd the temp. was 94 F. so we spent some time in the interesting Museum and enjoyed the A/C in there. The Elizabeth docks are free but have no power or internet. One of the local welcomers drove me to a filling station for fuel. Despite the temp. we did enjoy the town.
We travelled to deep creek on the 4th and anchored overnight at South Mills before locking out the following morning. I should mention that we did strike several logs on the south portion of the great dismal swap and the water was covered with duck weed.
We arrived in Norfolk on the 5th and tied up in Waterside Marina. Enjoyed our stay there hooked up to power, free showers, pump out facilities and good internet connection.
Carolines sister Debbie arrived from Annandale VA. and rescued Caroline, taking her home for a couple of weeks visit. The picture was taken at Virgina Beach during our stay at Norfolk

12/18/2011 | Bonny and Gerry
We were just talking about you last night, Steve, and wondering how your journey is going. We hope all is well and you're enjoying the life aboard. Update us soon!
North from Moorehead City, NC
Stephen Miller, Still Hot
09/20/2011, North Carolina

We leave from Moorehead City on July 31st and travel through a narrow canal, part of the intercoastal waterway. Once through the canal we then enter Ratton Bay which is part of Pamlico Sound. The weather was quite nice until we got about about 2/3 the way to the turn at Bay Pt. The wind picked up to 20knots gusting to 30 from the east and it was quite rough until we again reached the narrow canal. We found a good anchorage at Eastham Creek but again a lightning storm went over with wind gusts to 40knots.
The next day we passed Pamlico Beach went up towards Belhaven and through a long passage in East Dismal Swamp to the Alligator River where we again anchored for the night. Our anchorage was very pleasant with no bugs, a beautiful sunset to finish off the day.

11/25/2011 | Chuck Davison
I found yer Blog
11/27/2011 | Ken and Carole
Hey there, I had not checked your blog in a while, last time there was nothing on it. Hope all is going well with your trip...looking forward to an update.
12/16/2011 | Brian Gilhooly
Hi Steve. Still looking for note on your progress. Hope all is going well. I'll keep watching your blog for info.

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