May 24, 2011
We spent the morning at Fort Macon. I've put a
couple of pictures on here; the rest are in Picasa under our photos
This the modern visitor center for the state park
and Fort Macon. It 's very nice and contains good information.
A view of the fort from the hillside next to it.
May 23, 2011
We took Snow Goose over to this island to look
for shells and to see the horses.
The information regarding the horses on the
island states their origin is unknown. The park rounds up the horses
each year and culls the herd as necessary. Although the horses did
not seem to be afraid of us, they were not friendly either.
This is the first horse we saw.
These two were along the path over to the ocean
beach. The horse on the left was marked with the number 35.
A pretty one that was walking on the beach.
This was one of several horses walking a trail
right next to the beach.
As always, I walked the beach looking for shells.
In each city we visit, we are always looking for
books. We try to find a book exchange or a used book store. In
Beaufort we found both. This book mobile sponsored by the Friends of
the Library is open every weekend April through September.
There are books inside and out and for a small
price, you can replenish your reading supply.
Neat spiral staircase to the upper level at the
Back Street Pub.
This wall of books is open to cruisers for
The town of Beaufort has many homes that are over
a hundred years old. Here are some pictures of a few of them.
The Joseph King House built in 1783.
The Morris L Thomas House built in 1827.
This house was built in 1769.
This Victorian style home was built in 1905.
The Leffers House built in 1778 was my favorite
with it's little side garden. I love the Hollyhocks.
May 21, 2011
While walking to the local organic market, we
stumbled across an art show at the Beaufort Arts Center. Anita
Francis is a book artist and her art is absolutely fascinating. Here
she is holding her sculpture titled "Lilies". You can view more of
her art at these websites
As usual Rich finds the neatest play things. This
bell rang loud and clear.
The Coastal Community Market is a local organic
market. Very well stocked for a smaller community.
As we returned to the dinghy dock, we notice some
teens jumping off the dock and swimming in Taylor Creek. Alexa
jumped in to join her friends splashing our dinghy in the process.
May 20, 2011
We're in Beaufort, North Carolina. Three days and
nights sailing in the ocean, a first for us. The sail was awesome.
Sailing up the coast
As we left the anchorage at Cumberland Island we
passed Fort Clinch on the St. Mary's River. It was quite an
impressive fort guarding the river's entrance.
The shrimp boats were taking up most of the
channel, so we stayed off to the side. The St. Mary's channel is
wide and deep. It's kept that way because there's a nuclear
submarine base just up river from Cumberland Island... we didn't
This boat was charging up the river bringing in
it's catch of shrimp, once it stopped turning in the channel.
We saw both of these shrimp boats tied up in
Fernandina and this one has the usual bunch of scavengers
A view of the St. Mary's Inlet from the ocean.
And another lovely sunset.
There was a pod of dolphins that swam along with
Snow Goose for quite awhile. I took several pictures; these are just
They loved the bow wave.
Racing up the side of the boat.
They were so close that you could almost touch
Rich's shadow as he watches the dolphins play in
the bow wave.
At times we thought the dolphins would be run
over by the boat as they swam underneath the bow.
These dolphins are coming out of the bow wave.
The speed meter hasn't worked properly for
awhile, so Rich decided to clean the barnacles off of it while in
the ocean. Cleaner water, no alligators, just jellyfish and
The water was 73 deg. which is about as warm as
Lake Michigan gets in the summer.
The bottom had even more barnacles than I thought
it would have.
Anna kept a lookout for sharks while I was under.
scraping the rudder and the prop off.
Needless to say I didn't enjoy the dip.
And another beautiful sunset....
Rich and Edie relaxing.
A beautiful sunrise greeted us as we sailed in to
the Beaufort Inlet.
May 17, 2011
We're headed out St. Mary's inlet this morning.
We will be off shore for the next few days and unable to post. We
are hoping to stay off shore until North Carolina or possibly the
Here's a little about our visit to Fernandina yesterday.
We stopped to get fuel in Fernandina. While we
were there, we were able to dock at the Fernandina Harbor dock for
an hour. The hour was well used.
Posing with the locals.
This lovely old building is the post office.
This lovely restaurant was in the same building
as the general store we were shopping at. One of the guys at
the marina told us the food was good.
So we stopped for a quick lunch and the food was
good! Fast service, also.
Rich loves to live dangerously......
It was easy to dock and go.
A view of the marina as we left. Good bye
Fernandina, we'll be back for a longer stay.
May 16, 2011
We're back on the boat again. Just spent two
whirlwind weeks in Michigan. College graduation, grandkid school
programs, friends to visit, doctor visits and a broken furnace! Too
After leaving Green Cove, we headed down river to
Sister Creek. Last night we anchored just off Sister Creek and
tonight we're at Cumberland Island.
Much of Cumberland Island is a maritime forest
full of live oak trees. They are very majestic.
Spanish moss covered many of the live oaks
shading the forest. Very beautiful to look at.
I believe this is the largest tom turkey I have
ever seen and he was very vocal.
The ruins of Dungeness mansion from the front
The back of the mansion which faced the lowlands and the river.
We will post more on Cumberland Island; there is a lot to visit on
the island and we only visited a small portion.