We are slowly winding our way north. This is really taking the scenic route. We have about 3 ft. of water under the boat most of the time as we wind our way through pine forests, across rivers and lakes and sounds. Up or down the Neuse River, into the South River for the night, back into the Neuse, up or down the Bay River, into the Intracoastal to Goose Creek, across the Pamlico River, up or down the Pungo River, into the Pungo-Alligator Canal, up or down the Alligator River. Sort of like "Going ON A Bear Hunt" We are anchored just off the Albemarle Sound which we will cross in the morning, then up the Pasquotank River for a night in a marina for water & fuel. The next day should find us in Norfolk if we hit the 20 bridges between here & there just right.
We are very much alone out here. The stars & moon & quiet are wonderful. In the canals, you can hear & see the birds, but we are too far from shore to hear them in the anchorage. North Carolina is ourstandingly beautiful inasmuch as there are few roads, mostly parks. We don't even hear many airplanes. This is off the beaten path. We hate to pull up the anchor & move on. Yesterday, we just sat.
What a life! It requires constant vigilance while underway, but the anchorages & the scenery are the payoff. If your eyes stray, you find yourself with less than a foot of water beneath you. There are logs & stumps all around you.
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- July 15, 2002