|Upper Flag where we previously anchored. Lower end is Actual Army Hole
While docked at the luxurious facility at Sanctuary, I got busy with the maps, Apps and Internet searches and "found" the place. The more information I came up with, the more I wanted to go there. I told Bruce "this is doable". We are so close, it would be silly to go back to our old stompin' grounds before we ventured out to this new place.
So we told our friends goodbye and departed Sanctuary on Wednesday afternoon. Armed with my notes taken from the TMCA Destinations Wiki (an invaluable find) and waypoints marked on a couple of iPad Apps, I felt that it should take us less than 2 hours to get settled in. Our concern was getting past the first part of the channel where it leaves the ICW. There is a cut between the spoil islands that is subject to shoaling. We touched bottom there last year and would rather not repeat that.
Once we got past the cut, in retrospect it was smooth sailing. However, not knowing that, we inched along the whole way. The dogleg to Port towards our final approach was nerve wracking. It took us out of one marked channel through a minefield of wellheads, but the depths were better. Once I familiarized myself with the NOAA map and found that we could totally get out of the channel and the depths would be fine, I relaxed and began to enjoy myself. The entire way was well marked, which helps immensely. The instructions on Active Captain and TMCA were extremely helpful.
|Rabbits bounced EVERYWHERE unafraid.
We tidied up the boat and took a little walk around as the creatures on the island began their nightly routine.
The little crabs were EVERYWHERE! They made the strangest sound as they climbed over one another... Totally creepy!
I had been warned by a Facebook friend of possible marauding raccoons. WAIT! Raccoons! Would come onto the boat?!! I laid down in my bed with one eye open as I watched the open hatch... I looked for signs of tiny toes or noses peeping in. I relaxed finally thinking the cats would alert me to any unauthorized critters and fell asleep. We have a big day exploring ahead of us!