November 21, 2013

November 20, 2013  Day 6   South for the Winter
At anchor, Mile Hammock
USMC Camp LeJeune, NC

We left our comfortable marina in Oriental at 0700 under an overcast sky and a cold wind!  We were bundled up in fleece jackets and blanket throws trying to stay warm on the fly bridge.  The sun eventually came out from behind the clouds and we were finally warm the rest of the day.

Once again we were in several bodies of water - the Neuse River, Adams Creek, Bogue Sound, Bogue Inlet, and the ICW.  We passed by recognizable towns such as Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, and Swansboro, North Carolina.

We watched this Marine helicopter practicing
picking up cargo in its sling
as it made several passes by us. 
We are in the midst of the Camp LeJeune Marine Base and could hear the firing on their range long before we reached the base.  Fortunately they were not firing in the direction of the water and we could pass by with no problem.  That could have been a long wait!  We had to wait a few minutes for the Onslow Beach Swing Bridge also operated by the Marine Base. The bridge opens on the hour and half hour.

We arrived at our anchorage at Mile Hammock at 5:15 and anchored with seven other boats in this basin that is also Marine Corp property.  As it got dark we could still hear the helicopters flying overhead!

We have another long day tomorrow with Carolina Beach, NC our likely destination.

(Note: we did not have a good signal to connect last night so this is being posted on 11/21)