A little clarification and detail added to a tidbit from the last post:
Days Underway –means days moving from one spot to another/changing locations.
Days (as in the Title of each post)—means days living on the boat (i.e. could be at anchor or moored multiple nights in the same spot.)
So, as of May 3, 2017 we started the journey exactly 8 months ago on September 3, 2016 just north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
We’ve gone home 4 different times for a total of 65 days.
We’ve been sitting near the boat while enjoying time with family, friends or at a hotel and/or while the boat was “on the hard” for repairs for a total of 23 days.
We’ve been on the actual journey for 160 days of life on the boat (hence the title heading to each post!)
We’ve been underway moving 102 days.
We’ve traveled about 4,343 miles of which about 3,330 are ON the official Loop circuit.
Wow! I could go on with number of locks, engine hours, gas mileage, but NOT costs (we’ve chosen to ignore those!), etc….but let’s keep it to that –for now!
In addition to N’s golf outing, we enjoyed biking, golf cart exploring and lots and lots of great beach walks on Bald Head–especially nice was feeling like we had the whole island to ourselves. Apparently this little island is consumed by over 5000 people between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Oh, and, as the result of partially filling a big shipment order with the product but NOT the new freezer to go with the product, there was a 75% off sale on the ice cream bars at the marina store!!!…..so we added some ice cream eating to our list of activities too! Nothing like a discount to motivate N and B!
After 2 nights at Bald Head, we pushed off for a quick hop up the ICW to Wilmington, NC.
Made it to Wilmington, NC by noonish:
While in Wilmington, we enjoyed walking the river front and visiting the RR museum!
Besides having fun watching the model trains chug around and posing in the caboose, we learned a lot about railroads and especially interesting was the role that the southern railroads played in causing the south’s loss in the Civil War.
A non-functioning water pump has caused us to do the dishes the old- fashioned way (well, we were already doing them by hand; but now doing them by hand with buckets of cold water.) We’ve got a new one coming in on overnight delivery arriving at a friend of loyal reader Jane’s, so we headed out of Wilmington to the other Beaufort (this one is BO-fort), North Carolina for that rendezvous.
We continued north along the ICW…here are a few more ICW scenes to give you the feel:
After a fairly long jaunt of 109 miles but with minimal no wake zones, calm seas and generally favorable winds, we got to Beaufort Docks Marina in the heart of the historical old, quaint town.
Always enjoy strolling through old cemeteries. this one holds everyone: Brits and Colonists, Confederates and Yanks, slaves and freed slaves. Note the guy on the left is buried standing up saluting King George III.
Janie, childhood friend of loyal reader Jane, brought us fresh strawberries and a few other fun provisions as well as our new water pump. Then we all went to get the Wednesday night local special: chicken wings. Yum! Janie knew 90% of the people in the restaurant: small town/friendly person!
Looks like we will be enjoying Beaufort, NC for a few days as we weather some more weather. Luckily it is a pleasant spot with a few things to do (and eat)….so stay tuned!