Pushing Farther South
02 November 2015
Sunday November 1
We've been playing around long enough. It is time to push farther south. The engine is running at 5:30a.m. Rick and his brother in law, Tim, come down to see us off. It is still dark as we pull away from the dock at 5:45 a.m. Nemo is out first, then SeaQuell and then us. The sun comes up as we head into the Pamlico. It is a little cloudy, but still spectacular. There is little to no wind today. The Neuse River is flat! I'm not really complaining because the Neuse has beat us up before. There are some impressive cloud formations on the horizon. We watch several squalls across the water. We manage to stay just on the edge. We only had a few drops of rain. There was a lot of traffic on the waterway. We saw five shrimp boats. Late in the afternoon we saw a large group of dolphins. We pulled into the Moorehead City Yacht Basin just before sunset. It was a long day on the water. After dinner we all gathered on SeaQuell to play a little Mexican train. Around 9:00 we went for showers. We should all sleep good (and fast) tonight. The alarm is set for 5a.m.
Monday November 2
We are up at 5 a.m. and leave the dock at 6. It is a cloudy day with a little wind. Breakfast this morning is an egg sandwich and coffee under way. The wind is at our backs. Nemo and Bay Breezin' put out head sails. SeaQuell flies her spinaker. A nice splash of color on a dreary day. A slow, light drizzle falls. We pass three fishing boats with nets out. The seagulls are swarming around them. There are a few pelicans trying to get in on the fun. There is a string of sandbars running between us and the coastline. There are people raking up clams and putting them in baskets. We spot quite a few dolphins today. A big motor trawler ran aground ahead of us at a notorious spot where shoaling is always a problem. Once he was able to get off of the bottom, he headed back towards us. Robert told him on the radio that he was going through first to take depth soundings for us and that he could follow too. SeaQuell draws only 3'8". Nemo draws over five feet and we draw 5'5". SeaQuell guided us all through with only a couple of bumps. The trawler was really appreciative. That held us up and we missed the next bridge opening and had to wait 20 minutes. The current was very strong before the bridge. We all had to do a little dance while we waited. I wonder if the bridge tender enjoys watching us. Not far past the bridge is our anchorage for the night. Mile Hammock is part of Camp LeJeune. They sometimes have military exercises here. It is a large anchorage. SeaQuell suggests we raft up. The rain picks up just as we enter. SeaQuell sets anchor and Nemo and Bay Breezin' come along both sides. It is pouring now and the wind picks up. Our foul weather gear is soaked. We dry off have a cup of hot chocolate and watch a parade of boats entering the anchorage. Dinner tonight is on Nemo. Maybe we will finish the second half of our game tonight.