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Modern Day Mayberry

18 May 2010 | Oriental, NC
by Jen
How is it that this place is SO wonderful? We have been anchored in Oriental harbor for a week now and hate the thought of leaving. The community here is so friendly and inviting that I do not understand why the anchorage is not packed!

So we got here on Tuesday night, exactly one week ago. Our plan is to head out on Thursday morning but honestly, I could spend the ENTIRE summer in this town. Not only is it a great place for afternoon or evening walks along the shore side neighborhood, the scenery is gorgeous and the smells are FANTASTIC! The roses are blooming and the jasmine is everywhere! We have taken our bikes ashore and left them there because we frequent the streets, multiple times a day just pedaling around with our noses in the air.

We have made contacts and great friends almost daily. We were invited over for lunch with a new bud, Bob, and had a blast. His home is on the water here in Oriental and we just loved the visit with our new friend. He had great stories of Oriental's history and delighted us with tales of his travels. Check out is artwork at: www.bobpittmanart.com

We also were treated to an afternoon "truck rental." We have cruising friends who we met in our travels that call this amazing place home. Their names are Doug & Mary Ann and their boat is Calculation. We first rafted up with them in Vero Beach, FL and then anchored along side them in George Town, Exuma. Well, they were kind enough to offer their truck to us so that we could hit up the Food Lion and coin laundry just outside of our cycling range. Also, they invited us to the local wine club's summer picnic. What a blast and what wonderful people. We had a great time!

There is also a cool marine consignment shop here in town. We have visited it almost every day too. Cindy, the proprietor now knows us by name and greets us with a "hey guys" when we come through the door. We found a good deal on a used Nissan 9.9 two stroke outboard that we could not pass up. So, since my birthday is right around the corner we were able to justify the purchase. Happy Birthday Jen! An outboard! Right at the top of my list! All joking aside, it is SO cool! And the search for the perfect companion dinghy begins!

As I said we plan to push on Thursday. Stay tuned to see if it really happens!

Vessel Name: Anastasia
Vessel Make/Model: 1982 Baba Ta Shing 35' (Flying Dutchman Hull #51)
Hailing Port: Gloucester, VA
Crew: Maxwell & Jen
Anastasia's Photos - Main
This is our first sailing weekend on Anastasia out in the Chesapeake Bay
19 Photos
Created 3 June 2009
20 Photos
Created 1 April 2009
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Created 24 March 2009
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Created 19 February 2009
These are the first photos of Anastasia.
18 Photos
Created 15 February 2009

Team Anastasia

Who: Maxwell & Jen
Port: Gloucester, VA
Sailing Anastasia

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