|Morning at Bull Creek
Our day began much like many others. Today we would be traveling in the ICW to Beaufort. There wasn't much in our way other than one fixed bridge and an unrestricted swing bridge later on.
We rolled out the jib as we turned into Calibogue Sound. It was plenty wide enough for sailing and deep, but unfortunately the wind was light and from an unfavorable direction... so after a bit, we gave up and rolled it back in.
Bruce worked on some maintenance projects while I guided us along the ICW, enjoying the morning sights and sounds.
As we approached that fixed bridge I mentioned, I asked Bruce to read the meter boards to make sure that we had enough clearance to pass. It was near high tide, you can't be too careful...
Whew! Made it! With no contact...
|Entering Port Royal Sound
Oh, and that little boost we got from the reversing tide... that was now against us. We went from speeds in excess of 7 knots down to barely managing to hit four as we entered the Beaufort River.
But where exactly ARE we going? Our original plan was to take a mooring ball at the municipal marina for a week. We would check out the town and have another mini-vaca. A couple of days ago, one of my WWS friends asked us if we wanted a free slip for a few days... Free is good! But we have a difficult time imposing on people and so were hesitant. "What's the deal" I asked her. No deal. Just a couple of CLODS (Cruisers Who Live On Dirt) who have a slip behind their home and they like to let Cruisers stay there. I guess they get to meet a lot of nice Cruising people that way. She said their place is a short distance beyond Beaufort's Old Historical District, but the people let you use their car!
So, we contacted Rick and he invited us over. He gave us directions to getting to the slip and even would even meet us at the dock to help us get situated. Our decision was made!
But noooo.... They're just weekend revelers. They'll all be gone back to work tomorrow. Besides, we aren't really all that big on crowds...
In no time, we had reached the turn off and made contact via VHF with Rick. As promised, he was waiting on the dock and talked us in through this narrow old section of the ICW. It is no longer in use as a new, more straight channel has been dug out, diverting traffic via a more direct route. Rick assured us that there was plenty of depth...
WOW! We felt so lucky to be here. What amazing people the Butlers are to open their home to random people.
So now what? Do we stay a couple of days and move on? Or should we stay here and get some things done on the boat that we've been putting off for so long? It was such an unexpected development in our lives that we were having a hard time wrapping our brains around it. Maybe we're just tired and we can think more clearly in the morning...
With the morning came clarity. We would ask the Butlers if we could stay for a month. Our vague plans had always included stopping for a month or two in a marina when it got hot, so that we could do some sewing and other boat projects that take a little time. This seems like the perfect place!
Bruce and Rick came to an agreement and voila! We're home for a while. It's a strange feeling... switching from travel mode to home mode. My mind was spinning as all of the possible projects began to pop up. I had to make a list... and the list keeps growing. Suddenly a month doesn't seem long enough!
Note: The Butlers are an SSCA Cruiser's Station. If you aren't a member of the Seven Seas Cruising Association, you can still stay here, because that's how SSCA is. We've been members for several years and the Cruising Stations are just one of many benefits we enjoy through our membership. Please consider joining.