Captain's Log (supplemental) July 2007
18 July 2007 | Mount Pleasant, NC
Southern Star has remained tied to her mooring for several weeks. Her crew has been busy with other matters. Our cousins invited us to spend the July 4th week at a campground on Lake Norman. Our plan was to spend the first part of that week at Lake Norman and the last part at the coast. Unfortunately, my Mom had to be scheduled for some unexpected surgery. She was in the hospital for over a week and we posted a family member in her room the at all times. The good news is, she is on the mend and almost back to normal.
We did manage enough time on Sunday to take a trip to Morrow Mountain State Park. Judy wanted to go hiking but a pulled muscle in my leg would have made hiking uncomfortable. We settled on renting a canoe for a little time on the water. Morrow Mountain Park is on Lake Tillery, in the Yadkin / Pee Dee River Basin. It is an old, well-used park and we enjoy spending time there. In addition to canoeing, you can go hiking, swimming, fishing, picnicking or camping.
With a cooler containing lunch, we launched our rented canoe and paddled across the river. We explored several wild, natural tributaries where we saw birds, turtles and other wildlife. We enjoyed our picnic lunch and explored some more. On our way back to the boathouse we had the pleasure of dodging jet skis and water skiers. I was reminded why we prefer the Pamlico Sound to the local rivers and lakes. We landed our rented craft and paid our bill, a reasonable eight dollars for two hours of adventure. We stopped and checked on Mom on our way home. She was doing well and did not need anything that we could supply. Judy prepared a delicious dinner when we got home. Not exactly a weekend on the sound, but we take what we can get.
Next weekend we will attend a party to celebrate the birth of a new family member. Most folks, in the south anyway, refer to these parties as "baby showers" typically attended by ladies only. The men in our family never miss a chance for a party so we invite ourselves along. These are the same cousins I mentioned earlier. The child will be a third cousin to my new grandson, Carson.
If you have been following our log, you know that we go sailing almost all year round. Late July and most of August are typically very hot here in Carolina, so we are not as active as in fall or spring. That said, we will return to Whortonsville as soon as possible. I am beginning to notice brackish water withdrawal symptoms.