The Outer Banks, North Carolina

April 25 – 28, 2011

From Southport we traveled ever northwards to the Outer Banks. After traveling for nearly 24 hours, we stopped in Ocracoke to rest up for the following day’s travels. Ocracoke is a nice little place to stay for a night. A town based chiefly on tourism in the vacationing season, it is filled with boat, bike, scooter, and golf cart rentals, restaurants, fudge and ice cream shops, gift shops, and a small but well stocked grocery store.

Kris jumping off Jockey's Ridge with his Power Kite.

In the morning we traveled further up to Roanoke Island. Pop up scattered storms brewed out on the Pamlico Sound as we traveled, but we made it safely into the marina in Manteo, NC. We’ve been here for the past few days. The first evening here Kris and I went to see The Adjustment Bureau at Ye Old Pioneer Theater in town. Kris and Gary picked up a rental car yesterday and we’ve been exploring the banks. We’ve seen Jockey’s Ridge, Kitty Hawk and the Wright Brother’s Museum, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and more. Tomorrow Kris is going to take a 6 hour kite boarding class. He was inspired by the crazy kite boarders who were out on the water in 30-40mph winds today. They were soaring off the water and 15ft in the air!

Here are a few photos of our adventures thus far. More details to come later!

Little River and Southport, North Carolina

April 21 – 24, 2011

The cyprus swamp.

From Georgetown we traveled up the ICW toward Little River, NC. The stretch of the ICW that we passed through was bordered by a beautiful cyprus swamp. Ospreys nested in the tall trees on out on the channel markers. I posted a few photos of these fishing hawks in a previous post: Down the Intracoastal in South Carolina We traveled more quickly than anticipated and made it to our planned anchorage too early. The tide was down and the entrance too shallow. With several hours of daylight to go, we headed for what appeared to be another good anchorage. Once we got there though, the current was ripping through the little river inlet and neither anchor was holding. Luckily for us there was a restaurant was dockage on the river. Kris pulled into the dock magnificently, despite the strong current that pulled him off to the starboard side. Carol and I assisted from the dock, pulling the bow and stern lines to keep Kris from pulling too far to the right and away from the dock. It was an exciting and exhausting night.

Range marker and signal flag.

The following day we left early to journey up to the Cape Fear area. I’m still not entirely sure why it’s called Cape Fear, but I believe it is because of the numerous shoals in the area, particularly the one that stretches out from the point about 10 miles out into the ocean. Ships unfamiliar with the area would have a hard time safely navigating into the harbor. That is where the town of Southport comes in. For centuries pilot boat captains have been guiding ships through Cape Fear waters and into port. Southport is now a quiet little town, with a few restaurants and shops that do their real business in the vacationing season. The houses around town range from the 19th century to present day. The Southport Marina is a nice place to stay for a few days, with electric, water, showers, laundry, and diesel and gasoline readily available. However, if business is not too booming, you can tie up for free at the Provision Company in town. Docking is limited but the food is quick and good.
We stayed in Southport through most of Easter Sunday. At 5pm we headed out on a 24 hour trip up to the Outer Banks.

Georgetown, South Carolina

April 20, 2011

We said our goodbyes to Charleston and headed out into the Atlantic for a 19 trip to Georgetown, SC. Georgetown seemed like a sleepy old historic town. We walked around for a bit, but nearly everything was closed as we’d arrived at about 6:30pm. Here are a few photos of the trip and the old town.

Southport, North Carolina

April 23, 2011

We are currently tied up at the Southport Marina here in the Cape Fear area. We’ve been in South Port since yesterday and enjoyed a nice gray and drizzly day, a good day to just relax and recoup. Today’s weather is cloudy but warmer. Kris and I plan to check out the festival going on in the town park when we have some time between laundry, cleaning and preparing for the journey to come. Many people are all here on Easter weekend, enjoying their spring break in North Carolina. The place is just packed!
We’ll be here through the night and will leave tomorrow for a long trek up to Roanoke Island. The trip will take several days. I’ll keep you posted when we get there!

Looking Back: Edisto Island and Charleston, South Carolina

April 15 – 19, 2011

On this long stretch of days, my mom came for a boat visit. She arrived Friday night in time to celebrate my birthday with us. She, Kris and I explored Botany Bay the following day and later took Spin for a dingy ride down the marsh creeks. The 17th was a traveling day for the Krasnosky’s as the moved the boat to Charleston and a Mom and me day for my mother and I. We spent the day in Charleston mostly, just meandering down it’s beautiful streets, taking photos and enjoying ourselves. We all wandered Charleston on the 18th. The following day we had to bid my mom goodbye. Kris and I later visited Fort Sumter to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.
It was an extremely eventful week! I’ll let you all view it via the photo gallery:

Looking Back: Trip to Edisto Island, South Carolina

April 14, 2011

Today we left with the tide at 7am. The water and sky had been painted in a pastel rainbow. The water was still in the calm of the morning. Manatee noses and dolphin fins peeked from the surface. Spinny was back out on the deck with me, looking out for her sea going distant cousins.

The boat at the dock.

The rest of the trip was uneventful. By 3pm we had made it to the mouth of the Edisto River Sound. My nerves tingled slightly with excitement. This is the island my family has been coming to for spring break since I was seven, and I get to see it from the ocean instead of simply from shore.

We docked at the Edisto Marina a little ways down the river. Spin made a friend with the dock master’s dog. Kris and I rode the bikes down the tree lined Jungle Road to the Waterfront Restaurant for dinner. It was a longer but lovely ride.

Tomorrow my mom will be heading down to join us here at Edisto. I’m looking forward to her visit as I haven’t seen her in over 2 months!

Down the Intracoastal in South Carolina

April 21, 2011

Hello everyone! Sorry to drop out of the bog for a while. My mother came to visit us in Edisto Island and then in Charleston. I will post photos and a few details on our time in these places later today.
We are currently making our way up the Intracoastal Waterway from Georgetown, SC. The area around us is beautiful! Cyprus trees line much of the shoreline. Osprey nests dot the canopy as well as the navigation markers. Kris and I climbed the mast to get a few photos of the magnificent birds. It must be nesting season or close to it because many of the nests on the markers have an osprey sitting in them and calling out when you approach. We couldn’t see deep enough into the nests, however, to see if there were in fact eggs.
We’ll continue down this way until we get to Little River, SC. I’ll post to you all later!

Up the ICW to Delegal Creek, Georgia

April 13, 2011

Shores of the ICW.

Up and ready to go this morning by 0900. Our destination: somewhere to anchor around St. Catherine’s Sound. It was a calm and clear day. With the wind coming at 4.1knts from our stern when we made it out onto the Atlantic via the Saint Simon’s Sound, it was a lazy motoring day. Literally. There was a brief period of time when everyone but me was asleep or laying down. Hooray for auto pilot and GPS! I didn’t have to do much at the wheel myself while everyone became sleepy heads.

I constantly kept an eye out for Right whales, as up and down the coast here is their typical hang out this time of year. Alas, I have not been able to spot them. We did see several dolphins, a turtle, many sea birds, and what Kris though looked like a seal. I’m not sure if seals are around here or not, but if so, that’s pretty cool!

The marsh coming into Delegal Creek

We made it into St. Catherine’s Sound a little earlier than we had thought we would, so Gary made the call to continue further up the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) toward Green Island Sound. Once we got up there, we debated on where to set our anchor. We decided on going up to Delegal Creek Marina. We got to the marina around 7:30pm. The development here is very nice. Beautiful twisting southern tress covered in a veil of Spanish moss. White egrets grace the trees around the decorative pond on one side of the neighborhood. I sadly forgot to bring the camera on our walk, and it was getting too dark and the gnats too nasty to warrant another chance at a photo shoot. You will just have to take my word for it. The people here are very friendly as well. One couple offered us true Southern hospitality and invited us to come to their home if we needed anything at all. They were very gracious.

Tomorrow will be an early morning as we want to be out around high tide. We want to be out of the little creek here, out onto the Atlantic and on our way to Edisto Island, SC all in good time. Wish us good weather!

Jekyll Island, Georgia

April 12, 2011

Storms rolled through Fernandina Beach early this morning. We waited out the storms and the low tide in the marina and pulled out at around 12:45pm. The Inner Coastal Waterway was the way to take today with the possibility of uuture storms rolling in. The motor was a relaxing one. Cumberland Island panned out to our starboard side for much of the trip. Spinny and I kept the binoculars close in order to spy for the wild horses on the shore.

Look out into the marsh on Jekyll.

We pulled into the waters alongside Jekyll Island, GA around 5 o’clock. Kris and I explored a little of the island. Everything is very spread out, with a couple of homes, a restraint or two, and a gas station and Dairy Queen. The rest of the island is all lush green trees, including Georgia pines, spanish moss, and marsh. A bike trail stretched across most of the island. It was a peaceful and beautiful walk.

Later we took Spin to shore for a good game of fetch the boomerang. She was bouncing all over the dock with excitement and couldn’t wait to begin! She had a great time and got some good exercise.

Tomorrow we are heading further up north to St. Catherine’s Island, GA. From there we will head up to Edisto Island, SC. At least, that’s the plan for now!

Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Florida

April 8 – 11, 2011

On the 8th we crossed from Cape Canaveral to Fernandina Beach, FL on Amelia Island. Once again Kris and I were on night shift and Gary and Carol took the day shifts. In the night Kris and I heard a distant slap over the water. Maybe it was the waves n the side of the boat? Then we heard it a second time, louder, and echoing off the sides of the boat. Suddenly all of the radio broadcasts about right whales being in the area ran through my brain. Oh please, don’t let us run into a whale in the night! Kris and I looked out into the dark. Then, another slap and a surprised shout from Kris. Something had leapt from the water and splashed doing with a loud slap. Kris thought it looked to be a ray or a large fish, but not a whale tail or fin. Thank goodness! I’d love to see whales…but when I can actually see them and not hit them in the dark.

Valerie and Lauren. Sisterly love!

As we pulled into the Fernandina Marina on the 9th, we were greeted by our friends Linda, Lauren, Valerie, and Garren Erlenbusch. They had driven up from Cape Canaveral just a day behind us. Spinny was bursting with joy to see our guests. She leapt off of the boat as soon as she could to say hello and receive hello pats and rubs back.

We spent three days in Fernandina, two with the Erlenbusches. We packed in a variety of different activities. We sunbathed, shell searched, flew the power kite, and spotted jelly fish and power paragliders on the beach. We thought about swimming, but didn’t stay in for long. It’s amazing how much cooler the ocean is further north by a few hundred miles. We drove through the local national park, past RV campers and the Fernandina Fort.

Garren poses with \”squishy\”.

The Cumberland island wild horses!

We took the dingy out to St. Mary’s, GA and Cumberland Island, GA. On Cumberland Island we saw remains of the old Carnegie summer mansion, wild horses, armadillos, and wild turkeys. On their trip over, Carol, Kris, and Linda glimpsed a manta ray in the water. Out on the water we also spotted dolphins, white pelicans, other sea birds, and a few manatee noses. In the marina a manatee and a sea otter came visiting. The girls found time to go shopping downtown and we all enjoyed Italian woodfired oven pizza from Arte’s Pizza. What a busy past few days!