April 11, 2013

April 11, 2013 Day 335
River Dunes Marina
Oriental, NC
Total miles to date: 5657.6

We left Morehead City about 8:30 this morning under a sunny sky. We were soon in Adams Creek, long and fairly narrow, with homes ranging from large to modest, lining the shore. We also passed several marinas and boatyards which are needed for the myriad of small boats we see out here.

By 10:45 our scenery changed drastically when we entered the wide Neuse River.  The 10-20 mph wind created some whitecaps.  We had not been in such a big body of water in a while, so it was a nice change of pace.  We have more to come next week though when we enter the Pamlico Sound!

We arrived at River Dunes at 12:30 and went to our slip – we have been on lots of face docks recently, so it is nice to be in a slip.  We put out extra lines in expectation of the storms that are forecast for Friday.  River Dunes is in a peaceful protected setting, calling itself a coastal village that includes beautiful homes, a club house, pool, restaurant, many trees, etc.  The nearest town is Oriental, NC.  Our only problem is that we have no phone (ATT) reception.  Fortunately we have a good wi-fi connection!

Bill worked on our AiS system this afternoon.  It was incorrectly showing length of our boat to be something like a cruise liner.  We have net some of the other boaters here already –no loopers are here but many boaters are heading north to their home ports.  We are all here for the weekend until the Friday storms disappear. 

We had dinner on board and relaxed for the evening.  (Having trouble getting photos on the blog tonight.)