Saturday, October 17, 2009

The fifties look

Put me on top of a wedding cake

Always love the clauga look

This one comes complete with spiked hair
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Now where did I park my cady?

Wine and cheese lunch at Gaulart & Maliclet French Cafe

Cool old homes in Charleston
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Friday, October 16, 2009

Pictures that didn't post

These are the pictures that didn't post when I had a poor connection on the Waccamaw.

Last night while at anchor we heard a loud boom and I saw a flash and thought we had the rain predicted coming. I checked the radar and didn't see any storms. Today while getting ready to leave the anchorage and watching the news we found out that the sound we heard were two military planes colliding just East of our anchorage.

The ICW gets real shallow at low tide

Notice the floating (not now) channel marker on it's side in the mud. The dock builder in the picture found the shallow water the hard way and is walking around his rig in knee deep water

Birds love low tide for fishing

This bird is about 40 feet from September Song and we are in the middle of the channel. Some parts of the ICW do resemble a "ditch"
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We passed one of Doug and Tammy's favorite spots, Key West Krazy

OOPS!! I guess this guy missed the channel

No, it's not a real person. It's a mannequin that has been there for years waving at boaters as they pass by

Osprey love these huge dead cypress for their nesting. The tree will come alive in the spring when mom and dad return in the spring to dress up the nest, make a little whoopee, squawk at the boats as they pass by, fish the Waccamaw, and raise their young
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I'm sure it looked the same hundreds of years ago

The Waccamaw River with it's cypress-lined shores is one of the stretches of the ICW we love to travel

A stately old cypress waiting for the next osprey reservation to arrive in the spring

At first, at a distance, we thought this was a small deer crossing in front of us. As we got closer, we discovered it was a red fox crossing the river. Way cool!
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Dozens of turtles out sunning themselves on a gorgeous day

Number 43 is waiting for spring when the osprey return to start a new family. The last time we passed this marker there were babies in the nest

Beautiful old cypress trees line the shores of the Waccamaw

Finally arrived at our anchorage in Thoroughfare Creek off the waccamaw River. Cassie and Godiva remember this one from the last time we were here
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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Waccamaw pictures

Sorry! We are in a remote area, beautiful, but remote. My connection is poor at best and the pictures didn't post. I will post the pictures when I get a better connection at our next stop.

September Song (picture challenged) out

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Waccamaw River

After going through the tourist area, golf courses, and marinas along the waterway of Myrtle Beach, the narrow shallow water section, and a few bridges we had to wait on, the scenery changes to a wild peaceful river, banked by spanish moss draped live oaks and cypress trees. It's called the Waccamaw River. The river is home to all kinds of wild life and is a huge nesting area for osprey. Every channel marker we pass has a nest on it. This is a part of the ICW that is so beautiful it almost makes you want to turn around and travel it again. It was a bright sunny day with calm winds and the temperatures in the low 80's, but after a ten hour day we were ready to drop the hook, pour a cool one, and enjoy the evening in this beautiful place. We are anchored on Thoroughfare Creek about 1/4 mile off the Waccamaw and had planned on putting Half Note in to take the girls to the beach that we anchored by and then do some exploring today, but mother nature changed our plans with light rain all day, so we decided to just chill out on the boat, catch up with the world on CNN, and enjoy a peaceful, quiet, rainy day. (sorry girls) Tomorrow we will head to another anchorage, spend the night, and then head to Charleston where we will spend three days at the Charleston Maritime Center and do some exploring at one of our favorite stops. That will make five days we have not touched land. Anchoring out is great. It gives us a chance just to enjoy September Song, the beauty of remote anchorages, and each other. (you too Cassie and Godiva) It's a good thing we like each other. I ask myself quite often, self, how did you get so lucky?

September Song (How did I get so lucky?) out

Fishing for shrimp in a funny little boat on the ICW.

Wild goats on an island along the ICW in South Carolina

They have a good start on building the bridge that will take the place of one of the last pontoon bridges in the US

The pontoon bridge is pulled to the side by cables to let the boats go through. It has seen its better days. Historic and kinda cool, but a pain for boaters
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Monday, October 12, 2009

Cold weather is chasing us south

Oriental is one of those small coastal towns with a charm all its own. All the businesses are run by locals who work hard to make you feel welcome. From the coffee shop where locals gather in the morning, the grocery store, and all the other shops in town, they are all one-of-a-kind, owned and run by locals. Towns like Oriental only take about a day to explore, but they are worth the stop.
We anchored out last night and will do the same for the next two night, and then we will spend a couple of days in Charleston, SC. one of our favorite stops.

September Song (making tracks South) out

September Song at the dock in Oriental

Yes, it's 5 o'clock somewhere. I think it's at the Tiki Bar

Nacho is the town dog. He has a bed, food, and water at almost every location in town. We saw him at the Marine Store, Dock Masters office, The Tiki Bar, and several other locations in town. Cassie and Godiva think he's cute.

I think I have developed a hat fetish. Stephanie agrees
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Do you think this color is good for me Stephanie? NO!!!!! How do you really feel about it?

The lady behind me thinks I'm one brick short of a load

A sign of the times. The TIARA boat manufacturing plant in North Carolina closed

Sunrise as we leave our anchorage at Mile Hammock
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