Southbound! Solomons, MD to Isle of Palms, SC – Fall 2009

We are headed south!!!!!  Maryland was getting a little chilly and the tax man was getting a little pushy so off we go.  This will be our first long trip inside, that is on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW).

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We will follow the Chesapeake down to Hampton Roads, then to Norfolk and Mile Marker “O” of the AICW.

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Our route will take us through the “Great Dismal Swamp” once owned by George Washington and later sold to Robert Lee.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Dismal_Swamp

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10/4/2009 Solomons, MD – Calvert Marina

We left Calvert Marina at 1700 local en-route to Elizabeth City, NC.  This is the first time Ann and I will handle the boat on our own.  Since we got a late start, we decided to motor until late and anchor in the open.  We found a nice anchorage near Ingram Cove, MD.

Cruising the Cesapeake
Satellite View of Route

10/5/2009 Ingram Cove to Great Dismal Swamp Entrance

Got an early start and passed through Hampton Roads, past Norfolk and the Atlantic Fleet to the headwaters of the Great Dismal Swamp Canal.  Anchored in a very secluded, but narrow channel.  Didn’t have to worry about traffic since we had the entry lock to the Great Dismal Swamp Canal closed in front of us.  It only opens twice per day so you must gauge your trip timing carefully.
Passing the Alantic Fleet at Hampton Roads

10/6/2009 Great Dismal Swamp Lock Anchorage to Pelican Marina,Elizabeth City, NC

Ann and I had an interesting day transiting through 2 locks and three bridges to make it all the way through the canal and into Elizabeth City, NC for the night.  The speed limit in the Canal is 5.2 knots.  It’s a beautiful trip and except for bumping the bottom a few times, uneventful.
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Transiting the Great Dismal Swamp
Only had to make one turn in 40 miles!
Locking Through to the Canal
Lock
Great Dismal Swamp Route
Ann and I spent the Night at the Pelican marina, Elizabeth City, NC, did some grocery shopping, had a great dinner at a local restaurant and got ready to change crew.  I was an enjoyable and successful first trip on our own.  Hopefully we will have many more.
Pelican Marina - Elizabeth City, NC
The next morning, Ann took the rental car to Newport News Airport, and left it for Jim Miller, who drove it back to Elizabeth City on the following day.  Jim and I spent the evening touring the city, including the local pubs, and prepared to head south the next morning.

10/9/2009 Pelican Marina,Elizabeth City, NC to Upper Pungo Creek Anchorage (near Belhaven, NC)

Crew: Bill Miller andJim Miller
Canal
??? Blimp hangar?
Sunset Approaching Bellhaven, NC
Found This on My Foot - Hot Happy - Must Have Picked up in Dismal Swamp

10/10/2009 Upper Pungo Creek Anchorage to Oriental Marina, Oriental, NC

A storm was moving in, so we put in early to Oriental.  Nice little town and good drinks at Tiki Hut, and good Tuna Burger at the Toucan Grill
Friends at the Tiki Hut

10/11/2009 Oriental Marina, Oriental, NC to offshore Abeam Cape Fear ~12:00 am

Got to Beaufort and decided to run offshore.  4-6 swell from the North.  Boat ran well in a following sea
Our Offshore Route

10/12/2009 Offshore Abeam Cape Fear to Tolers Cove Marina,  Sullivans Island, SC

Scattered Pete’s Ashes off of Isle of Palms, SC in some very large waves.  He always liked the big waves!
Scattering Dad's Ashes off IOP
Pulled into Toler’s Cove on Sullivan’s Island, SC around noon.  Great Voyage!  Thanks to Jim for all the help and great company on the second half of the voyage.

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