April 9, 2013

April 9, 2013 Day 333
Morehead City Yacht Basin
Morehead City, NC
Total miles to date: 5622.9

Onslow Beach Swing Bridge
ICW still in waters controlled by the Marine Corps
Another early day!  We were up at 6:00 to leave our anchorage early, and even then we were the fifth boat of six to leave!  We arrived at the Onslow Beach Swing Bridge at 7:40 and waited for the 8:00 opening. This bridge is owned and operated by the Marine Corps Base at Camp Lejeune and there is apparently no flexibility in opening. Word is that if you are 30 seconds late –too bad! We continued on, still in the waters controlled by the Marine Corps and were happy they were not doing any firing when we wanted to pass through, or we could have had a long wait.  There are lights that flash when the base is doing any firing and all boats are required to stop.

Another beautiful home along the water
We enjoyed going through Bogue Sound. There are many beautiful homes on the west side of the sound and small islands that dot the water toward the ocean.  We continued under the Emerald Isle Bridge and the Atlantic Beach Bridge, both 65’ which we like!  Need we say that we saw many dolphins today!

We were surprised to see sand dunes!
We arrived at the Morehead City Yacht Basin at 12:25 and tied up on their transient side dock.  We will stay here two nights. We have major provisioning to do tomorrow and we are also waiting on our mail to arrive then.  Bill’s brother, Bob, called from Virginia to ask if we were the boat next to the sportfisher – he saw us on the marina’s web cam!  We need to be more aware of those things!  You can run, but you can’t hide!

We had dinner out tonight at the Ruddy Duck Tavern. We ate there a few years ago when we were here by car.  We took a walk down the waterfront before returning to our boat.  There are tons of sportfisher boats for charter in Morehead City! Tomorrow we will work on cleaning the boat and running errands.
Good seafood here at the Ruddy Duck Tavern!