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Mile Hammock Bay MM 245
11/07/2011, Camp Lejuene NC

Long day today, trying to keep it in the middle. I think I have found every low, shallow hump along the way. I either need to pay more attention or find a deeper boat to get in front of me. I am anchored tonight in Mile Hammock Bay which is in the middle of Camp Lejuene. Signs posting live fire area- turn to 530 am for more info. Burned out tanks along the shore. Helicopters buzzing overhead. I think I will try harder to keep it in the middle, else becoming a target. Today is the first time since Hampton Va. that I have been able to take off my 2 fleece sweaters and my smart wool socks. The sun feels good after so many days of sucky weather. Tomorrow, Carolina Beach to set us up for Wednesdays planned outside passage to Charleston.

Beaufort MM 205
11/07/2011, Beaufort, NC

Finally made it to Beaufort. I anchored in Town Creek and went ashore to tour the town. I am sure that during the "Season" it's a happening place. But it's November, cold and cloudy and it was Sunday after all. Kinda quiet. Was not as impressed as I thought I was going to be.
Today is another.... another travel day. To Mile Hammock Bay. It's next to or in the middle Camp Lejeune. Complete with live fire exercises. They have warnings and observation outposts along the ICW to warn and stop boats from entering at those times. Of course you can't go ashore.
I'll let you know

Leaving Oriental
11/06/2011, Oriental, NC

After spending 2 nights anchored here with winds winds sometimes gusting to over 34 knots..... it's time to leave. The winds have abated somewhat, the rain has stopped and there is a blue sky.... but still damn cold.
The plan is to head down Adams Creek to Beaufort today about a 20 mile run. Two more stops along the way before the outside passage to Charleston. Should be there by Thursday.
Oriental is a nice place, although it gets flooded easy when the wind blows the water onshore. Could not go for coffee at The Bean yesterday morning because the street along the harbor was underwater. Over 3000 sailboats live here, so it's really a sailing town and really caters to the South and North bound train of people every fall and spring.

Time to see if the anchor which has held me for the last few days will free itself this morning.

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