November 21, 2013

November 21, 2013  Day 7   South for the Winter
At anchor  
Carolina Beach, NC

This was another early morning as we pulled anchor at 0730. We were the fifth of the eight boats to leave the anchorage in Mile Hammock.

One of many large homes that line the ICW
This seemed like “bridge” day and three of them needed to be opened for us to proceed. By 0830 we passed under the 65’ Topsail Beach Bridge – if only they were all that tall.  North Carolina still has some swing bridges and our first encounter was a badly timed one at Surf City.  We had to wait 45 minutes because it only opens on the hour. Joyce decided to use the time to do some baking and made an apple cobbler!  We also waited a short time for the Figure Eight Swing Bridge.  We knew we could not make the hourly opening of the Wrightsville Beach Bascule Bridge at the rate we were going, so we pushed up the speed to be able to make it.  Good decision!  A Catamaran that was farther behind us did not make it in time, and the bridge operator would not hold it for him.

We had a good day at any rate with a sunny sky and fairly calm water.  This portion of the ICW is dotted with homes and we enjoyed looking at them as we passed by.  We also saw a few dolphins today (and they eluded our cameras) – still always fun to see them!

We arrived at our anchorage for the night at Carolina Beach. This is a different view from our usual anchorages – we can see houses and condos everywhere as they line the ocean front. 

This is our last night in North Carolina and tomorrow we will need a very early start. There are definite areas of shoaling and we need to be there at high tide. Boats run aground here frequently. We will go to another anchorage south of Myrtle Beach, SC tomorrow.