If you read "Modern Day Mayberry," you know of our affection for Oriental, NC. We stayed there for more than a week, unintentionally. In our opinion, it was such a great place, so why move on? But we did. We hauled our muddy anchor on a Thursday and made our way 20 miles in the opposite direction of home to New Bern, NC. There was virtually no wind at all that day but we sailed anyway. It was the first time we had sailed since being offshore.
The best part of the day was slowly passing Cherry Point Air Station where the Blue Angels were practicing for the upcoming weekend's air show. I was just delighted by our private performance. We got our blue and yellow spinnaker up just in time to show our support!
Our anchorage that night was quiet and comfortable. The wind took the night and the next morning off leaving us with a thin layer of bugs that proved to be with us for days! We are still cleaning the tiny specks of bug pooh dotting the decks.
Friday morning we hopped into the dinghy with the new super-charged outboard and visited the two marinas close by. We are still on the lookout for a good deal on a used RIB dinghy so we checked out their for-sale bulletin boards. No luck. Still looking.
Saturday was the day of the Air Show and also the day that our friends Ben & Emily were arriving. We were SO excited to see our buds after over 6 months away. Ben took a trip up the mast to see the sights of New Bern. You really get a different perspective from 56' above the waterline.
We had a wonderful weekend together and sore tummys when they left from all of the laughing that went on. Those two are something else!
By Monday morning it was time to once again pull the anchor, and move on. This time we had a small goal on the calendar. Thursday would be my birthday and if we really pushed hard, we could make it home in time to celebrate with our families over dinner. What a gift! So push hard is what we did. Long days in not-so-nice weather is what we endured so that we could make it home in time. I think one day we logged over 85 miles. For us that is a haul!
On Thursday we hit up a great pizza joint and shared a great time with our family celebrating so much more than just a birthday!
We are happy to be back in our old stomping grounds but it will not last long. There is a mini-trip on the horizon...