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Wandering in Tehani
Alligator alley – to Georgetown
John
05/22/2010, Georgetown SC

Friday May 21:
A good run up the many creeks that cris-cross the Santee swamp & river, where we saw 13 alligators, several eagles, turkey vultures, & assorted other birds.

A quick run up the top end of Winyah Bay to the Sampit River, & to Georgetown.
Took a slip at Hazzard Marine & walked into town. A very quaint old town, layed back, but fun. A number of restaurants, & a neat waterfront. Met Callie & Scott Underwood for dinner in town. A good time, & great to be with old friends.

McClellanville update
John
05/20/2010, McClellanville

Nightfall in McClellanville was fascinating. We had 2 Purple Martins (out of dozens) come & sit on the lifelines, while the others helped us reduce the bug population - beautiful. The piling we were moored to had a Bluebird nest in the top (picture & gallery) with mama & papa obviously feeding young in the hole. And a very playful Dolphin kept coming up & playing with a couple in a dingy in the channel.

The other dingy picture is of Neil & Darlene - their dingy ran out of gas beside us & I gave a gallon or so of gas - they were from South Africa - he had solo-circumnavigated twice in a maxi-racer, & now owned a 100% carbon-fiber 55 foot racer which was anchored out in the bay (which they were trying to get to). In exchange for the gas, they ran us up to the shrimp fleet base, & we got 2 pounds of fresh shrimp for $10, & had surf & turf (with the bone-in-ribeyes) for dinner - fantastic, thanks to chef Chris. This is South Carolina as it used to be - great!

Up the marsh to McClellanville
John
05/20/2010, McClellanville

A cooler & windy day, but no complaints. A run across Charleston harbor with some remnants of fog, then up through the Isle of Palms, through the Seven Reaches (mostly marsh), across Dewees Creek, along Bull Sound (also mostly marsh), a left turn into Jeremy Creek to the old (1770's) fishing village of McClellanville.

Spot in Charlestown
Spot
05/20/2010, Charlestown, SC

5/20/2010
Woof - Woof and Howl!! Charleston is quite a town. We arrived on May 16 and have been really enjoying ourselves. To make things even better Capt. Chris arrived on Tuesday and brought a little more fun into the boat. Capt. John and Capt. Dennis just don't have that youthful exuberance anymore like me and Capt. Chris. Anyway, we must have walked all of Charleston because my little paws are sore, but we did see a lot. We went to the aquarium, the city market, twice, the Blind Tiger (3 times), Fort Sumter, the Battery at the tip of Charleston, walk through the College of Charleston and much more. I just loved the little courtyards and alleyways that make this place so unique not leaving out the beautiful homes with their own Charleston style. Oh, and we really enjoyed the food and a little brew. OK, so maybe a little brew is an understatement. Oh yeah Capt. John really likes red wine and so did the boat, had to wash a few items the next morning.
I'm sure one of the highlights for Capt. Chris was reconnecting with Kathryn, an old high school friend. She brought her two kids to the boat and they had a good time exploring. Another exciting event was the arrival of three British Sailboats that were representing the three branches of service, Navy, Army, and Air Force. The Captain and crew are volunteers and must qualify in order to participate. Very cool!! I'm exhausted. I'm going to lick myself for a while and then take a nap.
Bark - Bark
Spot

New crew member - Chris joins us
John
05/18/2010, Charleston

Tuesday may 18:
Chris joined us today after a long train ride from DC. Typical Amtrak - faulty airconditioning, noisy, late arrival. Not much sleep overnight, but in good spirits.
More tourist stuff - aquarium, Jim & Nicks BBQ, the Battery walk, etc. Just may have to quench the thirst occasionally.
Fort Sumter on Wednesday.

Charleston
John
05/16/2010, Charleston

Sunday May 16.
An early start out of Church Creek in order to have high tide in Charleston. A pretty run up the Stono River, through Elliott Cut & Wapoo Creek, and finally a turn into the Ashley River that runs up the west side of Charleston.
There is a tremendous race tide in Charleston, so trying to take a slip on an ebb or flood tide can be a disaster to your reputation as a sailor, so I did not try! It was easier to coordinate with high tide.
This afternoon is wash day, both for the boat & laundry (& ourselves after washing the boat).
We're here for a few days, so some sightseeing is in order. Spot to be included.

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