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April 2014

April 28, 2014

One the neighbors near by has this little library in front of the their home. I looked up the information on the organization at    http://littlefreelibrary.org  It is an interesting project.

April 27, 2014

Oriental Nautical Flea Market

We bought a Walker Bay 10' Breeze with sailing kit including a front jib. This is a picture I found that looks similar to ours. Can't wait to try it out.

April 24, 2014

New great granddaughter today - Emmalee Anna Pearl Howard.

Not as exciting as a new granddaughter, but I learned to make stove top pizza today. It was good.

April 19, 2014

See what happens when you let a man shop for your car!

I told him at the least it should have been a Cadillac.

April 13, 2014

The last day to Lookout Bight

Is it a 2 bedroom ranch or a medieval tower?

We were passed again by this good looking motor yacht and so I called him and he told me that it was a 'one design' built of steel and designed for offshore travel,,, which made me ask him why is he in the ICW?

When we got to Beaufort NC the harbor was covered with fishing boats. This is just a few of the 50 or so that we had to go through.

This big guy also had to navigate through the crowds of fisherman.

He's a tanker and riding empty, I wonder what type of products he's going to PU in Beaufort?

Before they could get him to the dock they had to turn him 180 degrees. Then they gently pushed him up against the dock. By the next day he was riding about 5 feet lower in the water as they filled him up.

We headed down the harbor to the ocean and passed the US Coast Guard station. They had several buoys sitting on shore.

As we reached the ocean we were passed by this tug.

They were dredging the harbor entrance.

After a short jaunt to the outer banks, we anchored for our last night in the Lookout Bight. I like this picture and caught the light house just as the light came on! We spent the day shelling on the outside of the island and Anna found a bonanza of shells. She brought back a full bag of shells.

Just before sunset, we had a full moon rise over the island  and it was still daylight.

April 12, 2014

Back to the ICW

Really cool boat. This motor yacht is a one of a kind steel hull that is built to go ocean voyaging.

Ugly three story house, Hey sis, does this kind of look like home?

A big ocean tug passed us on the ICW

Kayak fishing looks like fun.

Low tide, this must be where the locals hang out.

I love this pink house. It looks so stately. If you talk to other cruisers who have done the ICW all you have to do is mention the "pink house in NC" and everyone knows which one you are talking about.

April 11, 2014

Finally NC! In at Southport

What's wrong with this picture? Maybe this means that we are really in the southern hemisphere. No, Captain, it means we're outside the channel.

   

The new lighthouse and the old lighthouse at Southport. I think that the old one had a lot more character, the new one is nothing more than a tall tube.

This boat arrived behind us and the birds loved it as they were looking for a free dinner.

April 10, 2014

On the ocean again

Sunset on the ocean; a red rubber ball. We had a good trip north from GA to NC a fast sail until the middle of the night and then the wind died so we had to motor the rest of the way.

Edie and I enjoyed the ride on the ocean. (Edie's really saying "HELP!!! I'm being held captive on a sailboat... call the police!!!"

A nice touring boat that went past us., as we were heading to Port Royal Sound to go out on the ocean.

April 9, 2014

ICW

We passed this cruise ship on the ICW in Georgia. We had just gone through a section that needs dredging and at low tide there was only about 5 1/2 to 6 feet of water. I wonder if they will make it?

Rich finally put a hole in the coconut so I could use the coconut water.

First I drained the coconut water into a cup,

Then I put the lime in the coconut and drank it all up!!

With a little bit of sugar, it sure tasted good, who knew that the song was true!

April 8, 2014

Cheap fuel

We were going to buy some fuel at Fernandina Beach Marina but their price of $4.60+ was a bit to steep. So Anna found fuel in Brunswick Ga. for $3.54/gal. It was worth going the 3 extra miles up to the city for a savings of over one dollar/gal. I guess that this is why there is such a big Shrimper fleet on the river at Brunswick GA.

Submarine ???? (JUNK!!!)

More shrimpers

Old wooden shrimp boat in pieces

Ocean Petroleum, a good place to get fuel.

Another gorgeous sunset. 

April 7, 2014

On the ICW

Old "Stinky". Fernandina Beach has two large paper plants. You can see the huge pile of ground up trees in the picture that they make paper out of.

In his dreams.... This ship was loading giant rolls of paper. You can see them on the truck at the bottom right of the screen.

Exactly where is Monrovia? They had four cranes working to load the ship, it was interesting to watch as we went by.

This one is for the BIG ships!

April 6, 2014

Last day at sea

Fog in front of us and ...

haze behind us. We ran the radar.

Virtually no wind...

so the sea was calm around us it looked like a calm lake.

We entered St. John's river virtually at slack tide... We couldn't have done better if we had planned it.

The Coast guard has a large base at Jacksonville and they have some strange looking ships!

This ferry cut right in front of us with...

this shrimper coming on the other side of the river.

Coastie guarding a naval ship in dry-dock just before our turn north into the intercoastal waterway at Sister Creek. We came in off from the ocean because in the last 3 hours out the wind had turned north and a large rain/cold front was heading our way.

April 5, 2014

Day at sea

Two oil tankers off from Freeport, Bahamas.

Sunset on the ocean; our second day at sea. 

A few minutes of excitement at watch change. We thought this might be a sailboat (with a light issue) until a huge spotlight flashed our way. It was a tugboat pulling a barge about 1000 feet behind it. You couldn't see the barge so it's a good idea that we talked on the radio to confirm what was going on.

April 4, 2014

Heading home

The time has come again to head back to the states and home. We left Fowl Cay at 7:15 this morning. This is the light house at the top of Great Stirrup Cay. It was our turn point back to the States.

Sunset on the ocean. We traveled for 3 days and two nights through the gulf stream Getting back to the States and finally entered at the Fl/GA boarder.

April 3, 2014

The Berry Islands

This morning we went exploring on Hoffman Cay. First, we checked the ruins.

The spiky plant behind me is a sisal plant. It is a member of the agave family and  was grown on farms on several  of the islands. It is used to make rope.

Next we hiked to the blue hole on the island. The Bahamas are filled with "blue holes" which are caves under the island that have collapsed to form deep, holes that look,,, blue. We are standing with our friend Tom on a rock ledge that overlooks the hole.

Awesome

Rich hiked down under the ledge. It went over 30 feet back under the ledge! A cave in just waiting to happen!

The cave undercuts the area where we were standing.

Captain Tom and Deb leading the way to a beach on the north end of Hoffman Cay.

It seemed like we were motoring forever. There is a path from this beach to the ocean side of  Hoffman Cay.

On the ocean side Rich walked up to the overlook above the beaches....

and took these pictures.

The view was spectacular.

Rich's beach art made from the debris on the beach... a tribute to the Bahamian foot solver.

Last but not least, we stopped at Gilligan's Isle aka Big Gaulding Cay to visit the island coconut bar.

April 2, 2014

Heading into Devil's Cay Cut in the Berrys. We again chose a time that had the waves against the tide... What FUN!

This boat came in while we getting ready to go beach walking.

A beautiful old wooden power yacht from England that was in impeccable shape.

Interested in buying an island of your own? I don't know how much it is going for but if it's not to much it could be our next waterfront property.

It's not to often that you see an entire island for sale.

Thrasher shark sleeping in the sand.

Rich woke him up trying to touch his tail... I believe that this will stand up in court that he's crazy!

Live sea biscuit

 

Live sand dollar buried in the sand... and out of the sand.

Another beautiful sunset in paradise. 

April 1, 2014

WOW... some one spray painted our name on the side of a sand dune... damn graffiti artists!

 

 

First time for everything! Rich finally caught an edible fish.

The Captain and his fish... Ralph, eat your heart out!

We  crossed paths with this supply boat; he was leaving Nassau and we were entering.

Lot of traffic in Nassau Harbor.

These wrecks were here three years ago when we were in Nassau.

The Mail boat just getting under way in the harbor.

Dolphin encounter, one of many available activities for those of you who come here on the cruise ships.

Glass bottom boat, I wonder what they see.

Five cruise ship were docked, the middle one was a Disney cruise ship.

The artwork on the Disney ship.

Nice looking schooner

Bahamian Defense tied to a buoy. I wonder where the driver was?? Do you hear snoring?

 

 

 




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