Monday, May 2, 2016

Six Towns and Two States: McClellanville - Georgetown - Little River - Bald Head Island - Carolina Beach - Camp Lejeune

We've moved along from Charleston, and Captain Mike gets the first words:
Folks reading this blog might find it hard to get a real perspective on how we view things on the Loop.  Suffice it to say that you'll have to make a paradigm shift.  On land, in your car, your world moves by at lightning speeds. In our trawler, we move more slowly, 8 or 9 miles per hour -- unless we happen to ride an outgoing tide or river current, when we might get up to 11 or 12 miles per hour. In your car, you enter the town from a highway or a road. You might stop at a store in town, or you might look for a welcome center. There may or more often may not be anyone who really welcomes you.
It's all about your perspective.  A Looper friend of ours told us at dinner one night about his wife riding with him on the Loop through a part of the Erie Canal. After she got to her hopping off destination, he asked her, "Well, how did you like it?" Her answer: "If you think I'm going to spend my life going 7 mph, you are crazier than HELL!"  They're separated, but remain friends. So, I guess if speed is an issue, you had better look at twin engines, a lot more horsepower, and a lot more money.
In the Midas Touch, we come into that town from the water, most of the time through a marina, where there is almost always someone to welcome us at the dock and help us with our lines.
McClellanville docks - view from Leland Oil Co.
Leland Oil Co. from "town"
Admiral Marian continues:
McClellanville, a stop we skipped the first time around because we had read the creek was shallow, is a good example. Fellow Loopers whose boats are larger and have a deeper draft said don't miss this gem, so we decided to stop. We approached the tiny, historic village from the ICW (Intra Coastal Waterway) and cruised past a few fishing boats up Jeremy Creek to the marina, Leland Oil Co. Rutledge came to welcome us and help us secure the boat to the dock, and Jeremy, the resident dolphin, spy-popped us from the port side. Midas was enthralled with this truly up close and personal meeting, but since we were busy securing our lines and bumpers, we didn't get a picture.  It was only after we walked from the marina past the houses and streets of McClellanville to U.S. 17 that we started sensing the familiar world you would see by car. 
Small town folks are almost always friendly, and Dru, a professional puppeteer, and his wife Peggy were especially generous with their time. When they learned that we needed rice and perhaps a new leash for Midas (since I left our trusty six foot traffic loop leash on Daufuskie Island), they said "Fold down the back seat of the golf cart. We're on our way to Dollar General now."  Midas made a new doggie friend, a one year old Yellow Lab named Harper Lee, born just as Go Set a Watchman was published.  
Peggy, Harper Lee & Dru 
     
More memories of McClellanville: incredibly delicious shrimp and crab dips from Carolina Seafood, a live oak tree that's more than 1,000 years old, near the St. James-Santee Episcopal Church, and an enjoyable morning spent at the local coffee shop. Midas was welcome in the shop and impressed everyone with his repertoire of salute, high five, sit up, and bow.

St. James-Santee
Another view
St. James-Santee Church 
1,000+ year old oak

Coffee shop regulars plus two Loopers
  

The mighty oak of McClellanville - a local landmark
Time to Go, Hank and Tara's Marine Trader
The cruise from McClellanville to Georgetown was short and pleasant, and we met another Looper couple in a Marine Trader as we motored north.  They run their Ford Lehman at 1,850 RPM's and average about 9 miles/hour, so we let them pass us on the way to Harbor Walk Marina.  They had to stop for a pump out and fuel, so we docked first, then exchanged boat cards.  Days later, we met again at the Rusty Duck in Morehead City, along with Byron and Cynthia and two other boating couples.


We had planned to spend two days in Georgetown so that John Kish could work on our autopilot, so we waved goodbye when they left early the next morning. We followed the next day, planning to anchor near Bucksport Plantation in the Waccamaw River, but first we had to stop for lunch at K-Rae's, a marina/restaurant at Murrell's Inlet.  We'd lunched there in 2007, when we took our 21-foot AquaSport up the ICW.  After a delicious lunch, we appreciated help from the fishermen on the boat across the dock. The wind was blowing us onto the dock, and it took a strong push from one of them to get us back on our way.  Both restrooms at K-Rae's were filled with all kinds of artwork.  Marian wanted to take the mirror frame from the lady's room, a shadow box containing examples of a dozen or so useful knots. The men's room, pictured below, didn't have a matching mirror.

 

 

The wind was brisk in our anchorage, and with a bass fishing tournament going on in Georgetown, bass boats zooming up the river created wakes, even with the boat tucked in behind a small island.  We set bow and stern anchors, which meant that the current caused a slight list and that it took us longer than usual to pull the anchors and get underway the next morning.  The bow anchor is attached to an electric windlass, but the stern anchor requires Mike's muscle power to retrieve from the dinghy. 
As we pushed north, Bright Angel (Byron and Cynthia) sent a Facebook message asking where we were and encouraging us to stop at their winter "home," Lightkeeper Marina in Little River, instead of anchoring in Calabash Creek. They secured a slip for us on the same dock and were waiting to greet us when we arrived.  Not only did we get to reconnect with good friends we hadn't seen for almost a year, we got a bargain $50 rate for two nights at a very nice marina, a trip to Walmart, laundry, excellent showers, and  dinner out both nights. Even better, Cynthia has a sewing machine on Bright Angel and a supply of snaps.  We needed just one to replace a missing snap on the corner of our starboard windshield cover.  We had spare canvas, and Cynthia had a patch made in no time. In less than an hour, Byron had attached the cover, and Cynthia even sewed a zigzag stay-stitched edge around the canvas we use to cover our dinghy winch. The least we could do was treat them to dinner Saturday night.  Sunday, we joined them for an awesome breakfast buffet.  Thanks to James, Dockmaster at Lightkeeper Marina, for his generosity when we needed his truck.  Once again, we found that boaters in general - and especially Loopers - will go out of their way to lend a hand, often without being asked.


Randy, who lives on a sailboat tied to the face dock across from our slip, introduced us to a diver, who checked our zincs for free, then returned Monday morning to clean the marine growth off the bottom. Since Midas Touch had been sitting for over six months at Fort McAllister Marina, the water weeds had grown into a lush underwater shag carpet since she had her last bath in August.
We had directed our new marriage-saver headsets, ordered via Amazon, to Southport Marina, and they were waiting for us when we reached it on Monday afternoon.  After checking Active Captain, we had discovered that Bald Head Island Marina, only a few miles farther across the wide mouth of the Cape Fear River, had a lower per-foot rate and a 10% Looper discount.  We thanked the folks at Southport for handling our package and kept going.  
Marian & Midas at CBSP
We spent one night at Bald Head and used our bikes for the first time to ride the two miles to the Maritime Market for a hearty breakfast wrap (plenty big enough to count as lunch). Increasingly strong winds were predicted for the next few days, so instead of staying on Bald Head for two nights, we cast our lines and traveled another ten miles up the Cape Fear River to Carolina Beach State Park Marina, where we were stuck for four days waiting for the wind to ease up. The park had no wifi, so it was back to the bikes and Port City Java, a coffee shop with good but not intrusive music, excellent wifi, a friendly staff, and plenty of room to work. 
Art at Port City Java
Midas chilled on the patio outside, and we settled in next to a window to keep an eye on him.  The window view came in handy the second day, when an especially strong gust took the patio umbrella for a spin.  Midas was spooked, and he wrote about it on his Facebook page: 
I was a VERY GOOD BOY today when my mom and dad went to lunch and back to Port City Java to do internet stuff, but I got spooked when a great big umbrella almost attacked me. See, it was really windy, and the umbrella blew over and scared me. I jumped up and tried to run away, but my leash was hooked to the table. I got tangled in the leash and knocked over a chair and landed in the juniper. Then my mom and dad came out and fixed everything and gave me treats, and the Port City Java people took the umbrella inside. And I know a new command, "bike side." That means I stay on the right side of my daddy's bike and not on the road. Good dog, Midas!
Thanks to Facebook, we reconnected with Jimmy Gisonna, a Dolphin Project friend who is now a full-time live-aboard sailor, and met his significant other Beverly. They happened to be in Wilmington, where her mom lives, and generously took us to ACE Hardware to look for screws for our dome lights and to Food Lion for provisions, after we enjoyed a memorable pizza.  Jimmy, who is still active with the Coast Guard Auxiliary, even had two bright orange whistles to add to our safety equipment. We had left the Loop One whistles at home - somewhere.  
We connected with Jimmy on our last night at Carolina Beach, an excellent state park at a bargain price.  The next day, with better weather and much calmer winds, we backed out of our slip - another smooth undocking, thanks to Captain Mike's boat handling skill - and turned north up the ICW to an anchorage. Jimmy had told us that the Active Captain information on Camp Lejeune's harbor (don't set foot on land; this is a U.S. military property) was not entirely true; boaters can go ashore there and he's seen quite a few take their dogs.
We were the third boat to drop anchor in the protected harbor, which has a dock and boat ramp that made it easy to take Midas ashore.  By the time we settled in for the night,  at least ten boats had dropped the hook.  On our way back to our boat, we detoured to say hello to friendly sailboaters, Luc and Katherine on Camelot.  Luc, a French-Canadian, is a professional chef.  They had wintered in Florida and are returning to New York, where he'll be cooking for a big event on June 1.    
Camelot at anchor - Camp Lejeune
Camp Lejeune - two of the ten boats who joined us
More on Luc and Katherine, Beaufort, NC, Hobucken/R E Mayo Seafood, Albemarle Sound, Manteo, and the Dismal Swamp in the next chapter, when the story continues....



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