21 April 2018 | Ladys Island Marina, Beaufort, SC
12 April 2018 | Kilkenny Marina, Richmond Hill, GA
07 April 2018 | Saint Augustine Municipal Marina, Saint Augustine, FL
04 April 2018 | Palm Coast Marina, Palm Coast, FL
31 March 2018 | Causeway Cove Marina, Fort Pierce, FL
30 March 2018 | Old Bahama Bay Marina, West End, Grand Bahama Island
28 March 2018 | Great Sale Cay Anchorage, Bahamas
22 March 2018 | Donny's Boat Rental & Marina, Black Sound, Green Turtle Cay, Abacos, Bahamas
17 March 2018 | Treasure Cay Marina & Golf Resort, Treasure Cay, Abacos, Bahamas
12 March 2018 | Orchid Bay Marina, Great Guana Cay, Abacos
08 March 2018 | Elbow Cay
06 March 2018 | Elbow Cay
06 March 2018 | Mangoes Marina, Marsh Harbor, Great Abaco Island
A Storm is brewing in NY
15 May 2018
5/15/18 Leave beautiful Golden Nugget Casino Marina at 5:39 AM anticipating a very long day - The Atlantic is rough and as the day goes on - the waves are building. We are really being bounced around, and we are ready to be tied to a dock. Poor Bob has been at the helm the entire trip because the auto pilot is having problems keeping up with waves smashing the boat. Finally we pass Sandy Hook, get a distant view of the NY skyline and encounter gale force winds just before entering the channel to our marina. At 4:44 PM we arrive at Mansion Marina at Staten Island, NY. We barely get tied up when the storm hits. Bob says "I think God is watching over us" - I totally agree.
Love our G-Men!
14 May 2018
May 14, 2018 -We leave Cape May at 6:30 AM and soon are on the Atlantic. Not bad but glad we have our items below secured - not for those who get a little queasy. We consider stopping at Atlantic City or going farther but we finally vote to stop at Historic Garden Basin Marina at Atlantic City. It is not as expected and just as we are about to pull the boat next to the dock (dock hand will not answer our calls) we are stuck - water is way too shallow for us to even be here but we are stuck a few ft from the dock at 12:37 PM. Nothing to do but wait for tide to raise so we eat lunch and wait. We know there will be another low tide later today and we are not feeling good about staying here so at 2:11 PM, we are free and have a spot reserved at Farley State Marina just a short distance. What a great decision - this is also known as the Golden Nugget Casino Marina at Atlantic City and we are happy to arrive at 2:20 PM. Excellent dockhand, long docks, amenities, casino, restaurants, - WOW - This is Serendipity. So it is time to clean up and head to the casino and restaurant. Big winner is Bob ($12.25) but then to celebrate he bought dinner at the casino. Rick Long is friend of marina manager (Nick LaRotonda) and before long Nick wants to comp our slip but Bob already paid and this place is worth more than the price. I love my G-men (Doug & Rick). I love traveling by boat and I am almost in tears with the thoughtfulness of our buddies (Green Hornet & Ricky Bobby).
Back at Utsch's Marina, Cape May, NJ
13 May 2018
5/11/18 At 6:15 AM we are ready to start today’s adventures. Delaware Bay and even the Atlantic are good to us. At 11:29 AM we arrive at Utsch's at Cape May, NJ. I have such wonderful memories when Kari, Jon, Ally & Noah joined us here. Our plan is to stay a few days until the Atlantic will once again be calm so that we can continue our travels north.
5/12/18 Time to restock food and liquor so off we head on our bikes – we encounter a fun festival where we taste the local brew and then on to the beautiful City of Cape May and visit the beach. We finish our trip at the grocery where we buy too much to haul back by bikes but we somehow are able to drag it back to the boat – our bikes and our bodies are packed to the max. Oh, it really was pretty funny when Vickie got bonked in the head by a traffic arm – oops, hope no one saw! Next we ordered liquor & wine from Sunset Liquors and it was delivered to us at the marina (awesome). Feels good to be restocked, have laundry done and ready to move forward when weather permits.
5/13/18 Happy Mother's Day to all! Cold day so it is time for Bob's famous chili. Ann, our boat neighbor "Nautical Gypsy" joined us for dinner. She is amazing - a Looper - travelling alone:; fun evening sharing stories. Tomorrow we will continue this beautiful journey!
Traveling the C & D Canal & Delaware Bay
10 May 2018
May 8 - We think we left Knapp's Narrows Marina at about 6:15 AM (Vickie is still in bed and Bob forgets to check time). Bob takes a beautiful picture of the sunrise at 6:44 AM. BTW - red markers are not correct - we hit bottom at least twice and thanks to a local fisherman in a boat nearby tells Bob to not follow that line. We pass Allan's old town of Annapolis and at 1:00 PM, we pull into Green Point Landing but no one is around - no dockhand or anyone but finally he shows up at 1:21 PM - and they have no fuel or pump out so we move to Worton Creek Marina, Chestertown, MD - just a short distance to fuel up and pump out. The scenery is beautiful - it looks like a secluded lake back home. When we finally get a slip - we are once again next to "Neon Rainbow". Rumor is- the original owner was Alan Jackson and we spent time next to her at Hidden Harbor, Brunswick, Georgia. I take a picture of a boat named "Virginia Lee" for Steve & Nancy Sagle. Bob makes a fabulous dinner - Wahoo given to him by a fisherman at HHI - what a beautiful day on the Chesapeake. Funny for the day: I posted 2 beautiful pictures - one of a sunrise (taken by Bob) & one of a sunset (taken by Vickie) on the Chesapeake: Just saying - An early bird and a night owl on a boat don't miss much!
May 9 - From Worton Creek Marina, MD to Chesapeake City, MD - free city dock on the C and D Canal - truly beautiful town and it is all right here at the boat - lucky to find a spot to tie up because space is limited. What an awesome lunch at Chesapeake Inn Restaurant & Marina and Brian our server was wonderful! Hey Sheri - we got you some cups (I had 2 for the team, Bob only had 1)... This place looks different in May than when we came through on our way south in Oct, 2015 but this is a great stopping place on the Chesapeake. Watching & assisting boaters is fun - we have met sooo many fellow boaters just by catching a line and helping to secure their boat - and vice versa.
May 10 - Leave beautiful Chesapeake City at 5:30 AM, travel the C & D canal then enter the Delaware Bay - not very nice. We plan to stop at a Marina tonight (nothing fancy) and we are almost there but at 11:20 AM we are stuck - really hard. Markers are not charted and we miss them by just a bit but that's all it takes especially at low tide. Nothing to do but have lunch and wait a few hours for higher tide so we can move forward and finally at 2:22 PM we are tied to a dock at Money Island Marina, NJ - in spite of strong winds creating issues and receiving very little assistance at the dock. One night is enough here - desolate, close to fuel tank on rickety dock but it's okay - leftovers on the boat and a little TV and then to bed. Heading to Cape May tomorrow and I am excited!
Serendipity takes us north - NC to MD
07 May 2018
Apr 29 - May 7th - Short Stays & Short Stories as we travel north.
Apr 29 - 7:30 AM and we leave Oriental marina - thank you Leland for making our departure a smooth one. Well today we travel by boat the farthest north she has been since 2015. It is a little rough traveling the Neuse River and stuff on the boat gets rearranged but all is good. Arrive at Belhaven Marina at 2:38 PM - they actually have huge fenders attached to their docks.
Apr 30 - One night at Alligator River Marina - fried chicken & fried okra at the service station diner - we have done before.
May 1 - We travel the Albemarle Sound and it is rough - quite a few boats heading the same direction even a cruise ship "Independence". This time we travel the Virginia cut instead of the dismal swamp and our next stop is Coinjock Marina @ Coinjock, NC. Boats are lined up on the dock - including a cruise ship. Dinner at Coinjock Marina Restaurant - yummy!
May 2 - Today is time for our first lock going north at Great Bridge Lock - very nice, clean padded lock and only lifted about 6 inches. Wow are we really back to Mile 0 on the ICW at Norfolk, Virginia - busy, busy and lots of navy ships - very impressive. At 3:35 PM we arrive at Bluewater Yachting Center, Hampton, Virginia.
May 3 - A day spent travelling the Chesapeake and we actually get to shut off the engine and sail for a short time - 7 knots but it is just too rough and the sails are flapping. At 12:07 PM we are at Cape Charles Town Harbor, Cape Charles, VA
May 4 - AT 6:30 AM we leave Cape Charles - anticipating more rough waters later in the day. Our Captain is good because it was not smooth sailing for several hours but at 11:57 PM we arrive at Chesapeake Boat Basin, Kilmarnock, VA and it is time for a pump-out and fuel. I think it is funny that we are docked between 2 boats - Mary Jane and Ginseng - that's my Serendipity! We plan to visit Guy & Cindy's boat later and take a few photos.
May 5 - Pajama & movie day on the boat- our today's pick is "Eddie the Eagle" - an awesome true story.
May 6 - It is really foggy but the Captain says we have to leave Kilmarnock, VA at 5:47 AM because he thinks the Chesapeake will get rougher later in the day. We travel in extreme fog but we are ahead of rough water. We pass the mouth of the Potomac, and at 1:50 PM, we are in Maryland at Zahniser's Yachting Center - very nice place. So far we have made good time traveling the Chesapeake. Not sure yet where we will end up before we leave Serendipity and travel on land again but I feel confident that my Captain is carefully monitoring the conditions that affect our travel.
May 7 -At 6:10 AM we head to Annapolis. Not smooth - we lose our light globe from the top of the mast again but this time it is gone for good. Our Captain decides to make a change in plans so we stop at Knapp's Narrows Marina & Inn on Tilghman Island, Maryland. This is actually a very nice stop. We make a short trip into town for lunch where they are having whiskey and wine tasting at 11:30 AM (love it ). I love exploring the Chesapeake and the quaint little towns surrounding this waterway. Bob really needs to be a waterway tour guide.
2 Days in Oriental, NC - fun, fun!
28 April 2018
Spending time with dear friends (aka Sonny & Cher)
Apr 27- Leave Swansboro at 8:00 AM and by 3:00 PM we are at Oriental Marina -this place truly is a resort. We plan to stay for a couple of days and the crew loves it even if it means doing laundry. My poor Captain pulled in bow first but not really a good way for us to get off the boat so we move the boat and Bob backs the boat out of the slip and turns the boat around and we back into the slip even with strong winds and surrounded by boats. Good job! Our highlight - Bill & Sandy Donaldson meet us at the tiki Bar. They are welcomed by the crowd - you would think they were celebrities - they must get around!
Apr 28 - It is another day and evening in a fun marina, people stop by the boat while others play lawn games and enjoy the beautiful weather. We walk to Piggly Wiggly (Bob says it is 1 mile - not true) and thank goodness they provide transportation back to the marina so we filled the cart. Today is Sandy's Birthday - so we celebrate on the boat (cake, strawberries and whip cream). Love these people so much and we always have a wonderful time! Happy Birthday to a woman I admire so much - may you have many more! I have to say this has been one of our favorite spots heading north. Moving forward tomorrow with memories to last a lifetime!