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.