Thursday, January 12, 2017

1/11-1/12 Traveling North through South Carolina

1/11 We pulled out of Lady's Island Marina in Beaufort at first light.  A fog hung over the marsh. The sky was almost orange.
We wanted to get a good run at high tide as we knew we would be going through some areas with skinny water.  The wind was not strong so the waters were flat.
The scenery was fantastic over the marshes.

The dolphins were everywhere and visible in the waters.  The plovers screeched as they flew over head. 

We cruised into St. John's Yacht Harbor for the night.  We were close to slack tide but the current was still very strong.  This is a lovely marina.  We stayed here about a year and a half ago but we didn't use the pool this time.  We took the courtesy car to dinner.  We hadn't planned it but ended up at a fun Irish Pub.  The sign outside defined pubs.
We knew that Stephen Backmeyer and Bob Kelly would have loved it.  They had over 50 whiskeys on the blackboards.  I didn't even count the beers.  I had a single malt that was excellent.  The local musicians were gathering to play Irish music just as we were leaving.

Today, we left at high tide early in the morning.  We were going through some areas known for skinny water. We made it through Elliott Cut with no problems.  Tide was dropping out though and created strong currents as headed into Charleston and across the harbor.  Fort Sumter was off our starboard. 
After Charleston, we saw many areas of skinny water and areas with heavy cross currents.  We saw this sunken barge that was visible in the low low tide.
The moon is full so the tides are higher and lower than normal.  I enjoyed this pirate emoji that smiled at us from the shore.
 As we headed to Jeremy Creek in McClellanville, SC.  we experienced some really low water.  John inched us along sometime in neutral and letting the current take us along.   We pulled into Leland Marine on Jeremy Creek.  This is a working marine area that has been recently dredged.  The creek is filled with shrimpers coming and going.  It is very scenic. 
I took a walk in this small town of McClellanville.  The town was founded by the McClellan family before the Civil War.  This is an historic church in the town. 
This live oak is called the Deer Head Oak and has been estimated at 1000 years old.  One of its limbs is over 70 feet long.  
Pinkney Street is a main street in town and the McClellan family planted live oaks along the street.  It is so beautiful and peaceful.  Many of the homes were marked with historic markers.
The marina loaned us a golf cart that we took into town to the restaurant, T. W. Graham.  I had fried oysters as an appetizer and a crab, shrimp, and corn chowder.  It was delicious but dessert was homemade pies, really home made.  I had a coconut cream with real whipped cream on top.  Yum.

Tomorrow, we will start out early again to travel with the tide as we head north. 

1 comment:

  1. My wife and I have been following your blog. I believe she corresponded with you through her Windlistener account. We are wondering why you are heading north in January.