Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Not a Typical Monday

Ha! If only for a handful of days I have slipped the away from the daily rat race! Monday evening I flew from Baltimore, MD to New Bern, NC and soon thereafter stepped onto the deck of the Sea Scout in Oriental, NC. I am happy to be guest crew of Geert’s to help shepherd Sea Scout on her final legs home to Annapolis.

Tuesday morning we threw off the lines at 7:00am traveling east, north then east yet again up the Neuse, Pamlico, and Pungo rivers. Half a dozen dolphins followed us for a time – a harbinger for safe passage. We anchored in the reeds of Pungo Creek just past Belhaven Tuesday evening and the winds set in to howl through the night.

Wednesday proved a true “hump” day. Our challenge was to travel north and cross the Albemarle Sound with following winds before a North Easter blew in Wednesday night to put the wind on our nose. Geert and Michael hauled the anchor at 6:00am and for the next 13 hours we passed through canals, rivers, and sounds like clockwork arriving at our target destination, Elizabeth City, NC at 7:00pm. What a glorious day. We will sleep well. The Dismal Swamp awaits us!