20 July 2023
As we travel we try not to make plans to far in advance, instead we prefer to take things as they come. However, one stop that we had circled in red was a stop in Lahave River to visit with friends we had met on our first trip in 2016. We could have made the 80 mile run in one long day but chose to enjoy the scenery and stop half way at Carter's Beach, a beautiful protected anchorage a couple of miles inland. However, I do use the term " enjoy the scenery " with a grain of salt. We no sooner left McMutt Island and the fog rolled in, and although we enjoyed a nice sail for 30 miles the visibility never exceeded 1/4 of a mile and reduced to a couple of hundred yards as we neared shore. As Whitebird led us through the narrow channel the fog gradually lifted revelling a beautiful crescent beach and calm waters.
The guide book states that the anchorage could easily be mistaken as a dreamy Caribbean beach with it's white sand and clear water, however, one dip of your toes in the water quickly reminds you where you are. Once the boats were securely anchored for the evening we headed ashore for a stroll along the beach and enjoyed a relaxing HH as the seagulls patiently waited for any leftovers. Followed bya peaceful night's sleep we awoke to more fog and no wind for the remaining 35 mile run to the Lahave River. However Frances had promised us a scallop dinner so we were off the hook early and on our way. Once again we had a chance to work on our radar skills as the fog stuck with us until we wound our way around the Lahave Islands and entered the River. As if on cue the fog lifted, the south wind came up and we enjoyed a great 10 mile run up the river and anchored right in front of Frances and Laurie's house.
We were all looking forward to visiting for a couple of days and having an chance to explore the area but the bonus was Laurie is a very talented boat builder. He is currently rebuilding and converting an old fishing boat to a solar charged electric powered boat. We were all very impressed by the quality of his work and his attention to detail is exceptional. Following a great two day visit that was capped by a fantastic scallop dinner it was time to head for Lunenburg. You guessed it, more fog greeted us as we headed down the river but the 12 knot southerly breeze made for a pleasant 25 mile sail.
Today's picture is of a seagull patiently waiting for a treat