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We had a nice little pause in Morehead City, NC and then went back to pushing the miles pretty hard to get south.  Leaving Morehead City we had the only nice day to travel out in the ocean for the southern part of the trip, and it was great to be out in the deep blue for a while!  In Myrtle Beach, SC we ran into Dick and Elle Lassman on SUMMER WIND and had a great evening catching up and laughing until the restaurant closed.  It's these little unexpected treats that makes the trip so much fun.

Jim kept reporting that the weather for outside running was not good, so we decided to aim for the commercial fuel dock in Brunswick, GA to take on another 500 gallons.  They're closed on weekends, so we had a bit of a schedule to get there on a weekday, and then to time the tides to get through several areas with very shallow water.  We saw a lot of these (sunrises) since daylight is short this time of the year!

sc sunrise

But the truth is that often the most beautiful light and color is in the short time just before dawn or after sunset, so there is a reward for the long running days and getting up on chilly mornings to pull the anchor in the dark.  As we travel the type of terrain and scenery changes constantly, and each kind is beautiful in its own way.  These SC marshes don't offer much protection from strong winds, but they are vast and they teem with life - birds, alligators, dolphins, even otters. 

Besides all the wildlife, humans also provide some interesting sights along the way - we've seen bright purple houses, giant giraffe statues, mannikins standing on docks... I don't know what this is, but it made us laugh!

smiley face

We had two days of fog going through Charleston, SC and beyond so the radio was busy with safety calls.  We heard our old Power Squadron friend Ben Fulton on the radio, one bridge behind us, so we had the chance to catch up with him a little. 

Passing just below Savannah, GA is a boat yard that specializes in mega-yacht repairs.  Their basin had about 7 yachts 100' or bigger, and an enormous sailboat that had to be almost 150' long with a mast probably closer to 200' tall.  The wealth along the waterway is impressive many places, but there are also some tiny, scruffy old homes and even some trailer parks sitting on some prime real estate. 

Georgia waters means that we see a lot more shrimp boats, and they like to run with their outriggers almost horizontal even when they're not dragging their nets. I think it helps to stabilize their boats for a better ride, but it makes things a bit more exciting when we're trying to pass them in narrow waters.

shrimp boat

We made our schedule to get to the commercial fuel dock and we got lucky with high tide coming at convenient times for us when we really needed deep water. We finally got into Florida waters (yippee!) even though there's still a long way to go to the Keys.  We decided to pause in Palm Coast for a little break, and to see friends.  We were invited to an "orphan's Thanksgiving" dinner with old and new friends, and it was just lovely - our hosts couldn't have been more fun. Plus, it's good to be in FL and wearing SHORT SLEEVES!

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