TOTAL MILES TRAVELED TODAY: 31 NM
DOCKED AT: SWAN MARINA, NEW RIVER, NC
ICW MILE MARKER: 247
SUNRISE: 6:33 SUNSET: 7:47
HIGH: 81 LOW: 57
TODAY’S BRIDGES: 3
1. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH BRIDGE 281.3
2. FIGURE 8 BRIDGE 278.1
3. SURF CITY SWING BRIDGE 260.7
Alexis and I made a quick run to the market and liquor store first thing this morning then gave the car to the guys who picked up the rebuilt pump and returned the car. Lucky for us, the pump worked just like planned and we made the Wrightsville Beach Bridge’s 1:00 PM opening.
|ALEXIS AND CRAIG WATCHING THE WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH BRIDGE OPEN|
This was new territory for us as last year we took the cut to the sea for an outside run. We found a little oasis complete with palm and parking meter, wildlife sculptures and stranded boats in the waterway today.
|COMPLETE WITH PALM TREE, PALAPA AND PARKING METER|
|FIRST WE SEE THE GIRAFFE|
|THEN WE FOUND A HIPPO|
The temperature dropped drastically as we traveled from the Wilmington area into the waning storm just north of us. We did run into a few sprinkles but managed to stay out of the severe weather.
Our late start brought us to New River as evening approached. We started to stay at the New River Marina but changed our minds when Dan tested out the depth at the dock. We gave a call to Swan Marina and got the OK to tie up there. I’m thinking we should have stuck with our first plan as we got temporarily trapped in the shoaled over entrance to the marina. Dan expertly maneuvered us out of the predicament and up to the rather rickety dock. We will be waiting for high tide to exit tomorrow!!!
|SWAN POINT MARINA AND THE VERY SHALLOW ENTRANCE|