The Adventure Begins

The Adventure Begins
Skinny Dippin'

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Since our cruising plans are taking us away from the Cape Fear at the end of May, we thought we absolutely had to take the last opportunity to cruise over to Bald Head Island. It’s just a two hour cruise from Joyner Marina, and the weather was forecast to be perfect cruising weather!! And indeed it was! We left Joyner Marina Saturday morning at 930am. The winds were calm and tide was coming in. It made for a slower cruise down river, but we were in no hurry at all. This would be our last cruise down the Cape Fear for a while, so we savored every minute.

We arrived at Bald Head Island right around 1130 am. Doug the assistant dockmaster met us at our slip for the night E14. Doug apologized for putting us “so far away” from the office and restaurant! It was perfect! We were far away from the ferry wake and very close to the dog walking area and the west facing beach!!

We spent the afternoon riding our bikes around the island. We took Federal Road through the old growth cypress trees laced with Spanish moss. The trees over hang the road and totally envelope you into a totally different time and place.

Then you pop out on the East End at the most gorgeous beach I have seen in a long long time. All I could do was stare in awe and say WOW. The sand was soft, white, and clean. The water was clear and warm and calm. On the total opposite end of the spectrum from Carolina Beach, there is space for everyone!! We threw out a couple of towels and walked into the water. Wow what a day!

We continued on our bike ride along the beach road. The homes were amazing! If we ever win the lotto, this location would be on the top of the list. All along the island we would stop and go across the beach access walkways, and at every spot, the beaches were deserted!! And, still clean!!

Back at the marina, We cleaned up and went over to Eb & Flo’s for a late lunch - early dinner. We had a nice dinner of a steamer bucket and a Tuna burger. Fat Tires all around and a very good acoustic guitar player, Anthony. A very memorable evening for sure!

We went back to the boat to get Tivo. We took him over to the west facing beach right beyond the marina and the Harbour Village homes. We stayed and played on the beach through a very beautiful sunset. He is still recovering from his self induced puppy-like frolicking!

Sunday morning we hopped the bikes over to the Lighthouse and snapped some more photos. We left Bald Head Island around 1030 that morning feeling as if we had truly just had the perfect weekend.  We had a short journey home to Joyner. We had a little bit of head sea with the tide opposite the wind, but it wasn’t nasty. It was just a little rolly.

Over all a perfect weekend cruise! We are so happy we didn’t miss this trip. The beauty of Bald Head Island is equal to the beauty of the Waccamaw River. Between our South Carolina Cruise, and this trip to Bald Head Island, our six month adventure at Carolina Beach was absolutely totally worth it.

Our experiences on the boat continue to amaze me at every turn. If you haven’t taken the time yet to see the beauty in our world, it’s time to slow down and smell the roses. Don’t let the world pass you by while you’re too busy living life. Yesterday is a memory, Tomorrow is just a promise, Today is a gift to be enjoyed right now.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Another World Famous Mini-Cruise is about to happen!

Our cruise to Georgetown was so fabulous...peaceful and serene. Being on the Waccamaw River, visiting Georgetown and especially the Osprey Marina, made us both homesick for the Neuse River and New Bern NC. Being able to drop the anchor in a quiet anchorage for an afternoon swim or an overnight, is something we have missed terribly.

We love the beaches of NC, and have enjoyed our stay at Carolina Beach…but it’s time for us to move on. There is no anchoring or quiet anchorages near Carolina Beach. You can’t just toss out the anchor and go for a swim in the Cape Fear. It seems you are either in the shipping channel, or trying to run aground! We have enjoyed the fabulous little restaurants and pubs, and the bike rides around the Island. We’ve done a whole lot of eating and loved every minute! Tivo has especially loved the walks on the beach!

Carolina Beach is a great jumping off point to visit Wilmington (lock your boat), Southport, Bald Head Island and Wrightsville Beach. Also a great starting point for a cruise into South Carolina, like our Georgetown trip.

Tom and I are having a blast with our little adventures. We so envy those who can travel for long periods of time. But we are happy that we can be “mini snow birds” by traveling up and down our own NC coast. This year it has been the Cape Fear for Winter and Spring, and the Neuse River for Summer and Fall. Next year we might shoot for the Pamlico River near Belhaven or Washington.

Anyway, we’ll be leaving Carolina Beach at the end of this month for a cruise back to New Bern. It’s a 3 day journey and we will probably not linger along the way. If we have good weather, we might be able to do it in two. Our destination for the Summer will be the New Bern Grand Marina. It’s just a few miles up River from where we started at Northwest Creek Marina. We hope to reunite with some old friends there, and meet new friends at the Grand.

We are so looking forward to throwing out the hook, and watching the world go by for a little while. There is just something so special about hanging on the hook and recharging the ole batteries.

Wilbur’s Chicken…here we come!