We awoke bright and early yesterday morning to the most glorious sight - the sun was just cresting the horizon, a hazy fog was seeping up from the waters of Broad Creek and the vegetation along the creek banks was silvery as if covered in frost.
Yes it was 6:00 AM (that is in the morning!!) and yes it was really, really cold out (witness the frost) but somehow the beauty of the morning made up for all that - almost made up for it Doug just chimed in!! Not being sure what exactly was taking our breath away (the beauty surrounding us or the friggin' cold), we opted to think it was the scenery - that's us, always looking on the positive side of things!!! Seriously though, there is something about nature first thing in the morning when everything around you is just starting to stir that is truly special - yesterday morning was one of those spellbinding mornings when you realize that you alone are privileged to be witnessing such an amazing scene. Gradually the birds, fish and creek critters started to wake and we heard the normal creek sounds intrude - but for those few precious moments we had the stillness and beauty all to ourselves.
And then it was time to haul anchor and move our butts out onto the waterways to head south.
The long stretch down the Alligator River was relatively uneventful except we did catch and pass those two sailboats - whew!! Oh yeah and we had two fighter jets doing loops around us for kicks I guess - just when I thought they were gone, the sonic boom would reach me letting me know they had circled around in back of us. Guess those shorts will need to be laundered - Doug got a couple great shots of them so now I guess they'll be after us in earnest!!
About an hour away from the end of the Canal, the wind started to really pick up and the sun started to fade, so what had started as a beautiful day on the water rapidly became not as much fun. By the time we reached the Pungo River, we had an all out gale going but we still had about an hour and a half to go to get to Belhaven. With my contacts plastered to my eyeballs from the wind, we donned yet another sweatshirt and made the best of it - we had Scotty, Kenny and the Barefoot Man blaring from our ipod so we were thinking sun even if we weren't feeling it!! After watching boat after boat pull off into Dowry Creek Marina, we finally reached Belhaven only to realize that with the howling NW winds racing down the channel, our thoughts of anchoring there didn't look so good anymore. We didn't relish a night of waves slamming into the bow making the inside of the boat sound like a bowling alley nor the evening of anxiety high winds create. So we decided to forego Belhaven and try around the corner in Pungo Creek - voila, once we got up into the creek and tucked up against the northern shore, the trees blocked most of the wind and we dropped the hook for a relatively peaceful evening. It was pizza night so Doug was a happy boy!!
This morning we woke to a bright and sunny day - but boy is it cold!!! I got up with the boat kitties early to check the weather but soon crawled back under the covers along with Bootsie!! The wind was still kicking out on the Pamlico and Neuse Rivers which we have to cross to get to our next destination (20-25 knots) - neither of those bodies of water do you really want to cross with that kind of wind. So once again thanks to Mother Nature we are having a "chill day" - the kitties LOVE her!! Although the wind has switched around to the N/NE and it has picked up somewhat in our anchorage, we are sitting tight and plan to spend a quiet, restful day. For tomorrow we head to Morehead City, NC to meet up with Rickshaw (Lynnie and Rick) and Tide Hiker (Vicki and Norm) to PARTY! We will have about a 70 mile run but we plan on getting up around 6:00 am and the weather forecast looks great, so we're keeping our fingers crossed for a nice day so we can be sipping a sundowner G&T with our friends by about 5:00 pm tomorrow!!!!
Click here to see our anchorage in Pungo Creek.
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