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Wandering in Tehani
Into NC, twice, to Southport
05/23/2010, Southport

Sunday May 23:
An early start for the remainder of the "Rock Pile" & up to NC. A great ride with the tide, only to get to the old wooden Sunset Beach swing bridge & be told it was aground, & could not open for 3 hours or more. So back to SC, & out the Little River Inlet for a run offshore to Cape Fear. Sails up, but almost into the wind, so we motor-sailed at a fast pace to try to outrun the thunderstorms - mostly successful, and only got a little rain. A pretty ocean with long swells. And we got 3 fish - 2 Spanish Mackerel (in the freezer) & a Blue (which was thrown back). Skirted the Cape Fear shoals & came up the Cape Fear River Inlet to Southport (between Oak Island & Bald Head Island), where we took a slip in the newly renovated city marina. After a boat wash, self wash, & laundry, we dined at a local shrimp shack, where you paid for your beer at the end of the night based on how many bottle caps you had in your pocket. Great shrimp! The local alligator swam by to see if there were any free-bees, but then went back to the boats in the marina - reminder "do not roll off the boat & into the water tonight".

Waccama River to Myrtle Beach
05/22/2010, Myrtle Beach

An early start for a long run upstream in the Waccama River. Beautiful, facinating, interesting, & lots of photos of Cypress trees & Osprey.

And then into the beginnings of "The Rock Pile", the 'ditch' through Myrtle Beach. We stopped at the Grande Dunes Marina & Resort in North Myrtle Beach for the evening to let the thunderstorms pass.

Alligator alley – to Georgetown
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
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
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
05/20/2010, Charlestown, SC

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

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