Rain Rain Go Away
10 November 2015
Sunday November 8
There was quite a bit of traffic through the creek for a while last night. Shrimp boats heading home. The traffic died down by 8:00p.m.. A front came through overnight and the wind blew us back and forth. The new anchor passed the test. It is cooler this morning. A good morning for oatmeal. We listen to NPR over coffee. There were just four boats here overnight. We are underway by 8:15a.m. It is a fairly quiet Sunday on the ICW. We are pushing against the tide. It is a cold, gray day with just a few sprinkles as we travel through Myrtle Beach. By the time we reach the Waccamaw River it is pouring and continues to rain the rest of the day. This river is one of the prettiest on the ICW. Not so much in the rain though. A deer swam across the river in front of us just before the marina. We tie up at Bucksport Plantation marina about 2:30. We plug up to the power and turn on the heat. It is 62° in the cabin. It doesn't take long to warm it up. Judy has made shrimp chowder while we were underway. After dinner on Nemo, we discuss the weather and decide to stay put at least one more night. There is a ton of moisture rolling up the east coast. Looks like moderate to heavy rain for a few days. We'll wait out the worst of it.
Monday November 9
This marina is connected to an RV park. It had become run down but has a new owner who is working hard to bring it back. The manager really bends over backwards to make us happy. Slept in late and had a nice leisurely breakfast. Judy and I ride along to Walmart with two other cruisers, a couple from Maryland. It rains all day. We top off the water tanks in anticipation of leaving tomorrow. I have thawed Carl's meatloaf and put it in the oven. It smells so good. I make mashed potatoes, salad and biscuits to go with it. Don and Judy join us for an early dinner. It is not even 6 o'clock when we finish eating, so we are able to get a whole game of dominoes in tonight.
Tuesday, November 10
It was raining hard at 5 a.m. and the rigging was howling in the wind. We are up by 7 and decide we have time for breakfast. They sell homemade sausage here. Of course we bought some. So, it's sausage and egg scramble this morning. The sun comes out as we leave the dock at 8:30. Nemo leads the way today. The wind is out of the west at 15-20 knots. We are traveling with the current, so we put the headsail out and cut the rpms back to 1500. We're making 7-7.5 knots speed over ground. Nemo anchored at Georgetown and we were rafted up with them by 1:00. We all pile into our dinghy and head to town. The park is filled with flags for Veterans Day. Our first stop is the Kudzu bakery. We all buy an assortment of breads and jams. We stop to have lunch on the waterfront .It has turned out to be a beautiful day. We did a little shopping and then Carl bought everyone ice cream before heading back to the boats. It was a fun afternoon. The temperature is falling. We will be here for a day or two. We will be looking for a weather window for an offshore passage.