05 November 2015
Tuesday November 3
We were up at 5a.m. for an early start. Raining again. The doppler looks like we are in for more...all day and then some. SeaQuell decides to push on. The rest of us are on a little slower schedule and decide on a lay day. We rafted next to Nemo. We returned below to dry off and Carl makes breakfast. After doing some boat chores, I settled in to the cozy, dry cabin. I read a book and enjoyed looking at some magazines. It somehow felt luxurious. Carl and Don used the opportunity to look at the Bahamas charts. In the afternoon, I made an Italian sausage and tomato pasta sauce and invited Judy and Don for dinner. We called Becky and Robert to catch up while we were having dinner. They made it to Carolina Beach and plan to go offshore tomorrow. After dinner we just enjoyed visiting and trying to solve the problems of the world. No luck!
Wednesday November 4
Rain is still in the forcast, but it is not raining when we pull anchor at 6:15. We need to time some bridges right today. Surf City Bridge is about 15 miles away and opens on the hour. We are there by 9:00. All of the motor trawlers that left after we did and passed us are now waiting at the bridge. The Figure Eight Bridge is almost 20 miles. The current is with us and we are easily making 7 knots. It is a little aggresive, but we're shooting for the 11:00 opening. We have to push the rpm's up and are doing nearly 8 knots. We made it! Now we can slow it down a bit as the Wrightsville Beach Bridge is only about 5 miles. We are there for the 12:00 opening. Our anchorage is just around the corner. We are rafted again by 1:00. Judy has broccoli and cheese soup in the crock pot and makes griddle cakes. Yum!! While on Nemo we plan ahead a few days and make reservations for tomorrow night at Southport marina. It's almost 4:00 when we return to our boat. Dinner is just nibbles and drinks over a game of LCR.
Thursday November 5
We are up and planning to leave at 6:30. It is warmer and it rained over night. The fog is thick and getting thicker this morning. We'll have to wait it out. By 9:00 we decide to stay another day. At 10:00, the fog has lifted and we all pile into our dinghy and head to shore. The beach is only a block away. It is still overcast, but it doesn't matter. We take off our shoes and walk down the beach. It feels so good to put our toes in the water. Judy and I search for treasures. I didn't find anything to keep, but Judy found a few. We walked to the fishing pier and then searched for a place to have lunch. We settled on King Neptunes. The food was delicious. Judy, Carl and I had hibachi bowls with chicken, shrimp, scallops and teriyaki noodles and Don had shrimp and grits. We explored a few more shops and then headed back to the boats. By 4:30, the anchorage is filling up. I can hear the laughter of four children in a dinghy with their parents as they pass by us. A group of five are paddle boarding around the edges of the anchorage. I took a few pictures. It wasn't until later that I noticed the beautiful rays coming from the sun in one picture. We have enjoyed our unscheduled stay in Wrightsville. Sometimes those are the best!