April 3, 2013

April 3, 2013 Day 327
Barefoot Marina
North Myrtle Beach, SC
Total miles to date: 5472.3

From Dr. Seuss’ “Yertle the Turtle”
“And the turtles of course…all the turtles are free as turtles and maybe all creatures should be.”

We had a very long but interesting day that took us from Georgetown to North Myrtle Beach.  We traveled against the current most of the way and that increased our travel time. 

The Waccamaw River provided a nice change of pace.  It was very scenic, with cypress trees growing along the water’s edge. This was so different from the marshland we have seen for a while!  We also passed a group of kayakers out braving the cool weather.

We even noticed a change in wildlife!  We saw so many osprey guarding their nests today on the channel markers.  We also saw ducks!  And, we saw lots of turtles! 
Love the turtles lined up on this tree limb!

The cypress trees were beautiful and plentiful!
We stopped at Osprey Marina for fuel along the way. Their prices are far below any others we have found and we needed almost 300 gallons.

Passing the 10th green on the Greg Norman course at Barefoot-
not a green you want to miss - or you are in the ICW!
As we got closer to Myrtle Beach, the scenery changed again with large homes, condos, and golf courses dominating the shoreline.  We arrived at Barefoot Marina (formerly known as Barefoot Resort and Yacht Club) at 4:30.  How wonderful to find Rick and Margi here on their boat, Journey! We met them last May at the spring rendezvous and are so happy they are going to start the loop next month!  We visited briefly with them on their boat.  Then we dragged ourselves to the nearest restaurant for a quick dinner. 

Typical Myrtle Beach houses on the water
We talked to Bill’s 2nd cousin, Bill and and his wife Diane and made plans to see them tomorrow. They live in nearby Sunset Beach, NC and we are happy we can see them again!

We planned to stay here for three days. Rain is forecast for tomorrow and Friday and we do not want to move.  (Local shopping is okay!)