20 October 2008 | Swansboro, NC (SM 229)
Well, After a great stay in Oriental and an equally great but short visit with my good friends, Neal and Jackie, it was time to move on again. The "Gale Warning" had finally expired on Pamlico Sound and the weather looked good enough to shove off. It was sunny but still a little breezy and cool.
With a little assistance from Tom the Dockmaster, I got away from my slip without incidenct. I left the harbor and proceeded across the Neuss River and into Adams Creek. Here I was greeted by a bunch of dolphins who actually came to me. It was exciting enough just seeing them a couple of weeks back but this time, the sought me out and initiated the encounter!
I actually heard them before I saw them as they swam right up next to the boat. They were literally within two feet of the cockpit and were surfacing and blowing water droplets into the air when they exhaled. They would surface on one side and then go under the boat and pop up on the other side. It was like they were checking me out and playing hide and seek.
Again, they stayed with me for about ten minutes before the left. Naturally, my camera was below again and I was in a narrow channel so I chose not to try and get it. Fortunately, I had it later when yet another group paid a visit as I entered the Newport River. These weren't quite as close but I managed to get a picture of one of them. They're fast and getting their picture is not as easy as it looks, trust me!
I'm only separated from the ocean by a narrow strip of sand dunes now and the water is taking on a different look. Anyway, here's my pic!