A Letter from America
02 May 2018 | Alligator River, North Carolina, USA
A pleasant evening, sharing fresh shrimp and flounder from the fish dock with Debi and Jack, learning to play euchre and enjoying the flat calm waters. These are buggy parts of the world though, with huge mosquitos.
Today sees us carrying on up the ICW, counting down the miles to Norfolk. Morehead City was Statute Mile 203, Snode Creek was at Mile 153, today we are heading for Mile 102 and Norfolk, VA is Mile 0. Much of our track today is up the 20+ mile canal between the Pungo and Alligator Rivers, a long, long straight cut between reed and rush beds, and later on through cypress swamps. The edges of the canal (where the Corps of Engineers has no remit) are mined with broken posts and spiky tree stumps, above and below the surface, so we drive firmly down the middle of the channel, creating a lovely brown bow-wave.
There seem to be vast open areas here, much of it forest and swamp, with very little population; so far today we have seen just one person on the shore. Occasionally there are holiday homes scattered along the shore-line â�" some modest but some very grand. Nearly every house has its own boat dock, many with a fish-cleaning station. Not very much traffic, not much to see, but we have spotted deer, eagles and giant tortoiseshell(ish) butterflies.
There are some great names here; for example, we are anchored in Alligator River Cove, in the Alligator River, opposite Bear Point, which in turn is across the swamp from Rattlesnake Bay. Our alternative anchorage was Tuckahoe Point. One of the options heading north is a route across the Great Dismal Swamp.