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Great Lakes to The Bahamas

Who: Wayne & Pat
Port: Jackson
05 November 2009 | Deltaville, VA
16 October 2009 | Deltaville, VA
26 May 2009 | Deltaville
25 May 2009 | Deltaville
24 May 2009 | Fishing Bay (N37*32.418 W76*20.203) to Deltaville
23 May 2009 | Great Bridge VA (N36*43.285 W76*14.508) to Fishing Bay VA (N37*32.418 W76*20.203)
22 May 2009 | Buck Island, NC (N36*16.034 W75*57.520) to Great BridgeVA (N36*43.285 W76*14.508)
21 May 2009 | The Alligator River Bridge, NC (N35*53.847 W76*02.024) to Buck Island, NC (N36*16.034 W75*57.520)
20 May 2009 | Alligator River Bridge, NC
19 May 2009 | Alligator River Swing Bridge, NC
17 May 2009 | The Pungo River, NC (N35*33.715 W76*28.557) to Alligator Swing Bridge, NC (N35*53.874 W76*02.024)
16 May 2009 | Eastham Creek Anchorage NC (N35*17.680 W76*36.514) to The Pungo River, NC (N35*33.715 W76*28.557)
15 May 2009 | Town Creek Marina, Beaufort NC (N34*43.519 W76*39.898) to Eastham Creek, NC (N35*17.680 W76*36.514)
14 May 2009 | Town Creek Marina, Beaufort, NC
13 May 2009 | Taylor Creek, Beaufort, NC (34*42.860 76*39.831) to Town Creek Marina, Beaufort, NC
12 May 2009 | Mile Hammock Bay (N34*33.163 W77*19.528) SM#244.5 to Taylor Creek, Beaufort, NC (34*42.860 76*39.831)
11 May 2009 | Wrightsville Beach NC (N34*12.441 W77*47.965) SM#283.2 to Mile Hammock Bay (N34*33.163 W77*19.528) SM#244.5
10 May 2009 | Shallottes Inlet, NC (N33*54.913)SM330 to Wrightsville Beach Anchorage (N34*12.447 W77*47.953)
09 May 2009 | Bull Creek, SC (N33 36.667 W79 06.228) to Shallottes Inlet, NC (N33*54.913)

I always wanted to be a park ranger

09 April 2009 | Exuma Park – Warderick Wells (N24*23.664 W76*41.452) to Shroud Cay (N24*23.664 W76*41.452);
Sunny, Winds ENE3-10knots, 76*;
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Traveled 18.8 nm; anchored 7.2 ft

This was one of those mornings I just didn't want to get out of bed. I finally got up about 7:45 so I could get the weather from the park, put on the coffee and had a good yawn to start the day. The bananaquits flew down into the cabin and joined us for coffee.

After weather, then checking out, we headed out at 9:30. I really like this anchorage (mooring). St. John's ranks as my favorite island, Warderick Wells ranks as my favorite anchorage. I love the varying shades of blue in this water, from deep blue to almost a white aqua, and the way they just pop against the white sand and black pitted rock. My pictures, as usual just don't do justice to the beauty here that surrounds our little boat. Funny how two of my favorite places have bananaquits. I wonder if there's a correlation?

The wind was flat and where it wasn't flat, it was against us so we motored the entire way to Shroud Cay. As we got closer, you could see a large amount of motor yachts, mega-yachts and a couple of super yachts at anchor. It looked like a convention of the rich and famous. One 110 footer called the park headquarters complaining about the swell and how they were swaying on the mooring. They wanted to pick up a different mooring and were told that the one they were on was the only one capable of holding them. Their response was "You have all of these other moorings here, why can't we just pick up one of these? The owner doesn't like the rocking here." Judy & Julie at the park tried to explain how the moorings couldn't accommodate their size/weight. They later called again saying that the owner was trapped up the north creek in the tender, because the tide went out and left them high and dry. They wanted someone to come rescue them. I found this interesting, because in every piece of literature it says to only go there around high tide. The park asked why they couldn't just wait for the tide since we were at low, low tide at the time they called, or they could have walked back and picked up the dink later... interesting conversations. The owner was definitely used to being catered too.

We saw some of the long tailed white birds soaring and doing acrobatics in the air as we pulled in to the anchorage. In Bermuda they're called Birds of Paradise, here they're called white-tailed Tropicbirds (Phaethon lepturus) or red-billed Tropicbirds (Phaethon aethereus) depending on their bill color. The ones we saw soaring above us were the red-billed variety.

After settling in on the mooring, we took the dinghy out to explore a bit. They have an honor system here to pay for the moorings. You put the money in an envelope and drop it into a box on shore. What they don't tell you is that you need to climb up some rocks to get to the box, so you realllly need to feel the honor code to do this. Wayne climbed it barefoot to get the envelope and we'll drop it off tomorrow when we go up the north creek to explore.

I've decided that rules aren't meant for the rich. Jet skiers are zooming all over the anchorage & between the boats - it's an idle speed zone here but they're going pretty fast, even in the shallows and tidal areas where the rock and coral are near the surface. We're in the park, which is a "no take" area on land or sea. These power boaters have no qualms about fishing off their boats. One power boat. a couple moorings down from us, has two people fishing off the back. Wayne says they probably catch them and throw them back. Hmmm... Still seems that they shouldn't be fishing - period. It damages the fish and from what I've seen, some never recover and die. I'd be in big trouble if I were the game warden or park ranger here. I'd probably be dead - definitely hated, probably dead though trying to enforce the rules. I wanted to go over and yell at them & Wayne said "vent about it in your blog". The park office is out of my radio range. Okay blog - I'm venting... These type people piss me off.

Saw small queen conch and milky conch, quite a few sand dollars, sponge and baby mangrove saplings in the tidal areas. This is a pretty place on first inspection. We'll have to wait until tomorrow morning to explore the mangrove areas up north creek (high tide).
Vessel Name: Kolibrie
Vessel Make/Model: Bayfield 36
Hailing Port: Jackson
Crew: Wayne & Pat
About: Back in Michigan for Hurricane Season 2009...
Extra: Our boat is a Bayfield 36. Not the fastest little thing, but a nice little cruiser that we like to call home.
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Who: Wayne & Pat
Port: Jackson