June 28-July 1, 2011
A view of the Ocracoke lighthouse as we entered
The girls enjoyed taking a shower on the deck.
The Community Store. We bought ice cream here
twice. 1/2 gal each time and then we had to eat it ALL at once!
One of the local vendors on Ocracoke island they
sell everything from shells to ice cream and also rent gulf carts
Ray and Grandpa relaxing on the hammock.
Megan on the swing.
Caity climbing the tree.
Grandpa decided to corrupt the grandkids;
teaching them penny poker... (sushhhhh, don't tell anyone). by the
way, they beat Grandpa!
A beautiful sunset over Pamlico Sound.
Playing in the ocean, waiting for the next wave.
Getting ready for the big wave coming in.
Riding the wave. The kids loved playing in the
ocean. They even found a few shells.
Snow Goose masquerading as a Chinese laundry.
Rich and the decided to walk over to the
lighthouse. Meg and Caity in front of the lighthouse.
The Ocracoke lighthouse. It is the second oldest
continuously operating lighthouse in the nation.
Caity riding the shark swing.
Jumping off the boat into Silver Lake. No
Climbing back on the boat, with Edie waiting.
June 28, 2011
As we sailed out of Adam's Creek we ran into a
fleet of shrimp boats.
Some of the shrimp boats as they approach.
The shrimp boat "Miss Gina".
The shrimp boat "Knot-sa-Much".
The shrimp boat "Lady Laura".
The shrimp boat "Capt'n RP".
The shrimp boat "Miss Gwendolyn".
These were only a few of the shrimp boats that
headed into Adams Creek. Many of the boats were dragging for shrimp
and we had to dodge their nets. An interesting start to our sail.
The girls rode the rails most of the day trying
to get their feet wet. In the afternoon the wind finally came up.
The waves started coming over the deck as the
wind increased so the kids were confined to the cockpit. They
pretended to surf and challenged the waves.
We passed two ferries coming out of Ocracoke as
we sailed in. They made it easier for us to follow the channel.
June 27, 2011
Sorry for the lack of entries to the website but
we were on vacation and you know how it is, just too much to do in
too little time.
We are back at the boat with the grandkids.
The kids are fascinated by the jellyfish. With
Grandpa's help they captured this one in a bucket to get a closer
Ray decided he wanted to poke the jellyfish. It
took him several tries to actually touch it. All he said was "It's
We're finally ready to head off for our "Grand
They were pushing the boat off the piling as we
pulled out of the slip.
As we motored out into Neuse River, we could hear
a loud rumble in the boat and we didn't have the power we should.
Rich decided he needed to clean the prop. So he dived in to start
the cleaning and the grand kids jumped in too.
Ray swimming in jellyfish infested waters.
The girls swimming to get out of the jellyfish
An unhappy Captain who got stung by the jellyfish
right in the face and the arms. He says the meat tenderizer did not
help his stings, but the hot water did!
So, Grandpa put on a wetsuit and finished
cleaning the barnacles off the prop. Ray helping Grandpa get out of
his wet suit after he finished. Ray is acting as First Mate for this
Then we noticed the lightening, thunder and the
rain headed our way. Real nice start to our grand adventure.
The kids ran down below to help close all of the
port holes before the rain hit.
With 10 ports open there was a lot of work to do.
We anchored in Adams Creed for the night.
June 3, 2011
We've left the boat docked at Deaton's and we're
headed to Michigan for a couple of weeks. We are picking up
crew (grandkids) for the boat. Our first stop will be