Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Final days of North Carolina sailing

After a comfortable stormy night at the Inlet Inn in Beaufort and several sightings of the Shackleford ponies strolling the beach across the anchorage viewed from our balcony,
and a reexploration of the historic graveyard, we reverse traversed the sound back up Adams canal to SeaGate marina where we enjoyed the local good ole boy morning and evening chatter and a glimpse of Masters coverage on the marina tv. The next day we sailed up the Neuse to Fairfield Harbor and Northwest Creek marina, which is one of the best run, amenity filled, friendly big boat marinas we have enjoyed. Our last sailing day we explored Broad Creek under sail then with dying winds we motored the short 5 miles back to New Bern in time to watch the final 2 hours of Masters and Phil Mickelson’s win as we experienced the ambiance of the Raw Seafood Bar, where we ran into some friends of some Michigan people we met at the Northwest marina – as I said very friendly folks all over the place in NC. Definitely our kind of marina and we are always amazed at how many people stop by to chat with us about the Catalina 22 , as it seems the world has owned one at one point or another in their early sailing years and recall this with unusual fondness. Yesterday we finally got the mast down and the boat on the trailer, after a stopped freight train blocked first the railroad bridge through which we needed to go with the boat, then the town through which we needed to drive the trailer for about 2 hours; then the lower tide resulted in moving the boat to a different ramp before we had enough water to pull her out.

The day ended with a relaxing night at the Hilton and dinner at Captain Ratty’s with rooftop views of New Bern and the historic Episcopal church. Then of course their was the requisite photo with one of the New Bern painted bears that are all over town and a stop at Bradham's pharmacy where Pepsi Cola was invented . Jay found nirvana at yet another ice cream place this time enjoying a flavor called "Udder Pecan" Smoothe!!!Today we begin the trek home. All in all a terrific multi faceted vacation. We are already planning to return next year to explore Okracoke and the Pamlico River.

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