Well we finally left Charleston on Thursday morning but not before one more great day - we headed over to Patriots Point to the marina where Bart and Ellie keep their boat Dewlap for lunch. We met Bart and Reggie, their adorable Bassett Hound - he is just too funny as he chatted with us in his pseudo growling-pseudo baying voice, rolled over to get his belly scratched, devoured a dog biscuit and really wanted to have lunch with us but I guess the bar/grill frowns on canine company.
and wildlife - the egret was hanging out by the shoreline and truly seemed to be walking the catwalk posing for me, first one side, then the other - I've found America's Next Top Model!!
That afternoon Doug, Vicki and I did a little shopping down in the market area - we finally found the Vinturi that we have been looking for since we saw it on River Girl in Rock Hall, MD (more on this later)!! We left Vicki on her way up to King Street to do some more serious shopping while Doug and I attended one last afternoon mass at our favorite church (we are so devout - never miss a day when we are in Charleston!!) Too soon it was time to head back to the boats to get them ready for an early morning departure the next day. Knowing it was likely our last night before we had to separate ways with Tide Hiker, we all congregated on Gypsies for some apps and to do a wine tasting with our new Vinturi to see if it really works.
The next morning bright and early we awoke to lots and lots of fog - enough already, we're not in Maine anymore!!! But we headed up the Ashley River into the ICW dodging only one big container ship that came in right near our dock at the Maritime Center. The fog eventually burned off a couple hours later and we had a great cruise to Beaufort, SC - the waterway was unbelievably calm, the cormorants were out in force and we had some fairly weird boat traffic to keep us laughing!!
This morning we were socked in by the fog once again (this truly is getting a little old) but we set off anyway since we need to hit several of the tricky, shallow spots along the Georgia ICW today with the tide - Georgia hasn't historically done much to dredge its position of the ICW and we are back in the land of 8-9 foot tides so the difference between hitting a particularly nasty section at high vs low tide can be the difference between a happy day or a truly unpleasant experience!! We passed the anchored sailboat as ghosts in the fog but had a whole contingent of birds following us as we exited out into Port Royal Sound - the fog had started to lift but I think they thought we were a shrimp boat.
Click here to see our anchorage in Cowen Creek.
Happy Birthday, Dee Dee!!!
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