Saturday, October 22, 2011

In Case You Are Wondering . . . Mile Marker 173

In case you are wondering about our dates and where-abouts, we have posts and photos ready to share, but even our handy Verizon air card fails us in many locations. It seems the hurricane damaged a lot of infrastructure, and signals are limited. Hence, all the catch up postings!

Our stay at Dowry Creek Marina was safe, relaxed and very hospitable. They hold cocktail hour at 6, and Wednesday’s turned into a pot luck. The significance of this is that we were able to meet other cruisers, gain local knowledge and build a safety network that has already come in handy (like info on where to stay and who to use for service.) I made split pea soup and dark chocolate brownies :) to share. Two boats from our stay in Norfolk were here with us and you will never guess who pulled in on Wednesday from Osprey Point: Mark and Debbie on 4Play with Norm and Nancy on the vessel True Love, who are showing them the ICW ropes. Small world.

We set off Friday with a gorgeous forecast and sailed ourselves across the Pungo River to the Pamlico Sound, across the Neuse River into Broad creek. We are nestled Grace Harbor, in the high end real estate development of River Dune, with restaurant/club, pool, work out room and steam showers, a luxury cruisers can relate to. What can I say . . . we are enjoying this fall weekend with amenities we expect are few and far between! We also took time out for a real estate tour since this was once on our list of potential "new home" locations. (That puts us near Oriental and New Bern.) Still gorgeous, still very remote, yet new kinds of sailing to offer. Ocracoke on a sunny afternoon, anyone? 

And in case you are wondering, now that we are back in salt water, we have snapping shrimp again.