After a tearful goodbye from Ann to the Balia we trailered same to New Bern where we launched then sailed to Oriental the first day with great close hauled and beam reach winds of 15 to 20mph. Oriental, a true sailing capital of 1,000 permanent residents and 2,700 yachts is a quaint town that reminds us of Northport in Michigan. Everyone stopped by to say hello, and we shared stories with fellow cruisers and there was a tiki bar right at the Oriental marina and the Coffee Bean right across the street where all the locals hang out in the am , a few singing the tune of “High Hopes”. Then the next day it was down Adams Creek to Beaufort, a 30 mile jaunt with in our nose wind that had us donning our foul weather gear. Today we stay over in Beaufort to explore and relax, but the marina here is very welcoming with free drink wooden nickels at the Dockhouse restaurant, one of my favorite places for a fried shrimp sandwich with cole slaw, and there is an ice cream parlor within 30 ft of the boat.