We left Wrightsville Beach Saturday morning despite the still 15-20 knot winds - we just couldn't sit there any longer - we'd had enough of Ida!! So off we went and actually the trip down to Myrtle Beach wasn't too bad. In the ICW we were fairly protected from the winds and it was only at several of the inlets that open up to the ocean that we felt the real gusts of the wind - looking out the inlets to the ocean beyond we were really glad we were in the "Ditch" as the waves out in the ocean were huge!! The trip through this section of the ICW normally is pretty shallow and narrow but two of the worst spots historically were dredged at the beginning of this year so they weren't too bad - a couple extra feet of depth makes all the difference in the world to your sphincter (we call particularly hairy moments on the water "sphincter moments")!! We rode a great current down through Carolina Beach
Passing Southport, NC we caught up to the Army Corps of Engineers workboat Snell that we had heard on the radio earlier - they were out picking up fallen trees, logs and other debris in the ICW in the wake of Ida. We gave them a big wave and thank you as we passed them by!!
The alternator that Doug had installed while we were in Wrightsville Beach worked great - the only problem was that we weren't charging our batteries the whole trip so we had to run our generator for awhile to stay reasonably charged. Things that make you go hmmmm....Doug initially thought that it was a regulator that wasn't working properly so when we got into our slip at Lightkeepers Marina in Myrtle Beach, Doug headed down into the dungeon (or engine room) to replace the regulator. Turns out that wasn't it which we found out the next day - but have no fear, Doug figured it out and it turned out to be a blown fuse which he replaced in Georgetown so Gypsies is completely happy once more and we are good to go!!!
Anyways...after the regulator switch, we were off to Key West Crazy for a night of fun and games - it's a three mile walk from the marina but we had an absolutely amazing sunset to take our minds off the walk!!
Tammy's Tangent believe it or not (you can't make this stuff up!)
We actually woke the next morning to something we hadn't seen in a long time - the sun!!! and not too much wind either!!! Somehow it is always easier to get motivated when it's sunny out - so we didn't even grumble too much when the alarm went off (although Bootsie refused to leave her cocoon under the covers because it was still pretty cold out (she wound up staying there all day))! Heading out of the marina we saw this half sunken boat which caused us to think the captain should have followed our example and left before that last beer at KWC the night before!!!
and some not so much, although they were often very colorful!!
Then it was time for our favorite stretch of the ICW - the Waccamaw River!!!
We all headed back to the boats for an early evening given the 7:00 am planned departure for Charleston to try and avoid getting in at mid-tide (Charleston's current is horrific and makes docking there always a challenge - we're wimps - we like to minimize the challenge!) I had hoped to watch the Pats/Colts game since we had cable at the dock but alas it wasn't working so I settled for watching the gamecast on my computer on ESPN.com - well that got old soon enough and when I went to sleep we had the game firmly in control at 24-14 at halftime. Imagine my disgust when I woke up at 2:16 am, checked the score and found out we lost by 1 point - I really hate Indy (sorry Denise!) Oh well, what can you do??
We woke this am to huge fog - what are we back in Maine??? But we headed out anyways - heh, we're Mainiacs and used to a little fog!! The fog lasted through the Winyah Bay until the sun broke through and burned it off but we got some great pictures of the harbor and sunrise through an almost ethereal fog!! Right now it is unbelievably calm, sunny and beautiful out here on the waterway - one of those top ten days - what you dream about when you think of living this life!!! I'll save all the pictures of today's steam for our next blog because there will be tons of them!! For now we are headed to Charleston and looking forward to spending several days - now we can play without worrying about having to wake up early to steam the next morning - watch out Charleston!! I hear church calling.....(for those of you that have forgotten or not read our prior Charleston blogs and are thinking have I lost my mind - church is also a bar)!!!!!
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