November 16, 2013

November 16, 2013  Day 2   South for the Winter
At anchor
Lutz Creek off the North River, NC
Total miles to date: 91

Our day began by making the 8:00 Great Bridge opening which is important since it opens on the hour.  As soon as we cleared the bridge we pulled into Atlantic Yacht Basin for fuel. It took over an hour to fill the tanks and dispose of oil from a recent oil change.  (Our port engine started fine today so we did not have to deal with that as expected!)

A noble pair of bald eagles!
At 9:30 we were on our way again heading down the Virginia Cut (also called the Albemarle-Chesapeake Canal).  It is mostly narrow and is lined by trees with roots protruding into the water.  We were rewarded by seeing a pair of eagles perched high in the trees, and a half hour later we spotted another pair!

Our view much of the day on the Virginia Cut
The Virginia Cut eventually widens in the Currituck Sound but the channel is still narrow.  We passed Coinjock Marina at 2pm, a popular stop for boaters, but wanted to go farther.  We chose an anchorage in Lutz Creek, off the North River at 3:30.   We have enjoyed the calm water today and the peaceful anchorage. We had a nice dinner on board and then watched “Camelot”, one of many musicals we enjoy.