Sailing Capital of NC11/19/2008, Oriental, NC
This photo is from the HarborCam in Oriental. Skydusky is on the left side of the picture. After waking up with ice and frozen water lines on the docks this morning, we'll be heading south again tomorrow!
Snug as a bug11/18/2008, Oriental, NC
We got underway at sunrise this morning and had a nice sail into Oriental (milepost 182), where we rented a marina slip to wait out the passage of the cold front and gale force winds that are predicted for this afternoon and evening. There's nothing like long hot showers, restaurants, and shopping (already hit the West Marine store) to pass the time before we head out again. Sure is nice to be able to plug in the portable heater to ward off the snow flurries that have been blowing around here. Still waiting for those balmy breezes that we know are somewhere south of here.
Cold fronts11/17/2008, Bear Creek, Bay River, NC
The cold front that went through Saturday night gave us sunny skies and brisk winds for sailing. We left Elizabeth City and had an exciting sail down the Pasquotank River, across Albemarle Sound, and up the Alligator River in 20 knot winds. We anchored at the start of the start of the Alligator-Pungo Canal (milepost 104). No cell service, no internet, and no TV so we relaxed with a book, the last of our first box of wine and homemade soup for dinner (many thanks to Sue and Rick).
Harbor of hospitality11/15/2008, Elizabeth City, NC
We said last spring that we weren't going to tie up at the Elizabeth City docks anymore (milepost 51), but we went ahead and did it anyway. This time we are away from the park and close to the other boats. Should be safer from rampaging teenagers but we're tied up to a mean looking steel wall. Luckily, we have good fenders.
Still raining11/14/2008, Dismal Swamp Canal, NC
We got a late start after waiting for the fog to lift enough to avoid hitting anything else on the waterway. Tabby Cat, a larger Maine Cat 41 that we watched come into the anchorage yesterday, knew we were behind them and talked the Deep Creek lock operator into waiting for us to lock through with them for the 11:00 am opening. The Dismal Swamp route on the waterway is beautiful this time of year, but would have looked even better if we hadn't had to watch the trees through rain covered windows. We rafted up to other boats at the Dismal Swamp Welcome Center (milepost 28) and then visited the new NC Dismal Swamp State Park Visitor Center on the other side of the canal. The Dismal Swamp Canal was finished in 1805 and is the oldest operating canal in the country.