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Down the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), Fall 2007

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  • Provisioning

    Staging Provisions in our guest room - Food for 7 months.
    "How will this all of this fit on board?"

  • Provisioning

    Gail shoe-horning everything in

  • Provisioning

    Provisions stowed and location logged

  • Provisioning

    Charts stowed under the quarter-berth cushions

  • Storm Cell

    Storm cell on the Chesapeake Bay
    (A two-month drought preceded our departure. We had torrential downpours the day we left.)

  • Mile marker zero, Hospital Point, Portsmouth, VA

  • Turn-off for the Great Dismal Swamp Canal

  • Deep Creek Lock, Great Dismal Swamp Canal

  • Deep Creek Lock, Great Dismal Swamp Canal

  • The Great Dismal Swamp Canal
    (Really quite beautiful)

  • Tannin water over the swim platform

  • Remains of the original bulkheads

  • Welcome to North Carolina

  • Duckweed on the water

  • Drawbridge before South Mills Lock
    (Southen end of The Great Dismal Swamp Canal)

  • Cyprus roots

  • Light rolling morning fog behind Goat Island

  • Leaving Elizabeth City, heading down the Pasquotank River just before dawn

  • A dirigible factory off the Pasquotank River

  • Anchorage at the base of the Alligator River
    (We could hear red wolves at dusk)

  • Our first sand dunes inside the Atlantic coast in North Carolina

  • U.S. Marine patrol boat by Camp LeJeune, NC

  • Tug and barge passing the morning chain of southbound boats, NC

  • Dredge, NC

  • The black diamonds indicate the side to pass on.

  • Sunset Beach Pontoon Bridge, NC

  • Shrimping from a skiff, NC
    (not to be confused with the big shrimp boats)

  • A swing bridge, SC

  • Gail at the helm, SC

  • In a cyprus swamp again, SC

  • An old bulkhead showing with the low tide, SC

  • Anchored in Jericho Creek, SC
    (Absolutely lovely)

  • Studying ahead for the next day's sights, SC

  • Sunset on Jericho Creek, SC

  • Heading out in the pre-dawn fog, SC

  • Winyah Bay, SC

  • An old fire tower in the marsh, SC

  • 100 meter personal dock (the house is visible way in the background), SC

  • Clammers, SC

  • Cabbage Palmettos
    (a symbol of South Carolina and on the SC flag)

  • Boats in our salt marsh creek anchorage, SC
    (Taken pre-dawn just as we're pulling anchor)

  • Fort Sumter off our port side, Charleston Harbor, SC

  • Another beautiful sunset at anchor, South Edisto River, SC

  • Followed by another beautiful sunrise

  • Ashepoo River, SC

  • A good sized buck swiming across our path, Asheepo - Coosaw Cutoff, SC
    (Note the wake he's putting off.)

  • When you have real tides, post ATONs can look a bit strange, SC

  • Going through Lady's Island Bridge, Beaufort, SC

  • Beaufort, SC
    (taken from Lady's Island Bridge which was in the previous picture)

  • Downtown Marina, Beaufort, SC
    (Alisios is on the inside of the outermoust dock, though you can't see her in the photo.)

  • Trawling for shrimp on Port Royal Sound, SC
    (Note the birds lined up on his rigging waiting for the nets to be hauled in.)

  • Same boat as before
    (I tried to silhouette her in the reflection of the morning sun and missed by a about 2 seconds.)

  • Georgia salt marshes

  • Matthew at the helm, looking a bit disheveled, GA

  • Double bascule drawbridge, GA

  • s/v Agape going through Hell Gate, GA

  • Alisios mortor-sailing across Sapelo Sound, GA

  • GA

  • GA

  • The morning of an incoming cold front, GA

  • Pelican sunrise, GA

  • Fernandina Beach, FL
    (Our first view of Florida - Not what we expected.)

  • Shrimp boats at dock, Fernandina Beach, FL

  • A sunken sailboat / A reminder to be diligent, FL

  • FL

  • FL

  • Matthew and Joe by Joe's pool in Port Orange, FL

  • Matthew - Daytona Beach, FL

  • Pelicans resting on a sand bar by Daytona Beach, FL

  • Birds roosting in the early morning, FL

  • A para-plane above our boat while at anchor, FL

  • Manatee in the basin of the Titusville Municiple Marina, FL

  • Dolphins herding mullet in the Indian River, Titusville FL

  • Smithsonian Marine Station, Fort Pierce, FL

  • Smithsonian Marine Station, Fort Pierce, FL

  • Hugh, Gail, and r/v Sunburst

  • Jupiter Inlet Light, FL

  • Into big buildings and lots of draw bridges, Southern FL

  • Big waterfront houses, Southern FL

  • This one's for sale!

  • Mega-yachts, Southern FL

  • To get an idea of the size of this yacht, note the person walking along the boom.)

  • Sometimes the yacht's almost the size of the home, Southern FL

  • Testing Alisios' mast height on the 17th Street Bridge, FL

  • Our several calculations told us we were just under 55'. But you don't know for sure until you try.

  • Fwhew . . . A couple feet to spare

  • Free and clear

  • Fort Lauderdale Inlet commercial port, FL

  • Freighter heading into the Atlantic, Fort Lauderdale Inlet, FL

  • Highrises lining the ICW, southern FL
    (It feels a little strange to motor through these.)

  • Pretty anchorage near Bakers Haulover Inlet, 10 miles north of Miami, FL
    (We ended up spending quite some time here waiting for a weather window.)

  • Newly spliced dingy anchor line

  • Moondink pulled out of the water to minimize growth
    (This seemingly bright idea nearly chaffed through a $100 halyard.)

  • Approaching our first Miami anchorage off Biscayne Bay, FL

  • Alisios at Sunset Lake, our second (and longest) Miami, FL anchorage

  • Gail, Miami, FL

  • Matthew steering Moondink, Miami, FL

  • Moondink tied up to a canal bulkhead, Miami, FL

  • Anchored off Miami Beach at night waiting to attempt a crossing, Miami, FL
    (Attempt aborted - too rough)

  • The small beach at Oleta River State Park, North Miami, FL

  • s/v Buckshot lit up for Christmas under a full moon
    Oleta River State Park, North Miami, FL

  • No Name Harbor on a Saturday, Key Biscayne, FL
    (A chaotic hive of weekend boaters - quite the human zoo.)

  • s/v Serinity sits calmly at anchor after we helped them down their blown out Genoa jib sail

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