TOTAL MILES TRAVELED TODAY: 50 NM
DOCKED AT: BEACH HOUSE MARINA IN SURF CITY,NC ($2.00 /FT W/P OVERALL)
SUNRISE: 6:50 AM IN MOREHEAD CITY, NC
SUNSET: 5:01 PM IN SURF CITY, NC
What a beautiful Thanksgiving morning! As last night’s wind blew the front on through it ushered in some cooler temperatures but the skies are crystal clear and the sun is bursting at the seams to shine on us all.
|WE WAVED GOODBYE TO OUR NEIGHBORS|
|DAN TENDING TO THE TENDER|
|A DOLPHIN LEADING US OUT THE CHANNEL|
|THE PELICANS HAVE TAKEN OVER THIS LITTLE ISLAND|
|WHAT A PERFECT SETTING THIS BEAUTIFUL HOME OCCUPIES|
|LUCKILY THE LIGHTS WERE NOT FLASHING TODAY|
|THIS DERELICT TANK USED FOR SMALL-WEAPONS |
EXERCISES IS RIDDLED WITH HOLES
Our timing was great and we arrived at the USMC owned and operated Onslow Swing Bridge just prior to their noon opening. Our group of 5 boats passed south, one passed going north and we all gratefully thanked the bridge tender for being there on Thanksgiving Day.
|WAITING FOR THE NOON OPENING OF THE |
USMC ONSLOW SWING BRIDGE
Our destination for the night was Topsail Island. This resort community was established as an Indian fishing village but got its name from the pirate era. The evil pirates would hide their ships in the small channels behind the dunes and watch for approaching merchant ships then attack and take off with their booty. The merchant ship learned to watch for the “topsails” of the hidden pirates, thus the name Topsail for the island.
Now speaking of pirates, we were lucky enough to have our Thanksgiving meal with one. Just after securing Quest at the marina we assisted The Belle of Topsail, a 55’ replica of an 1880 riverboat, in docking after their Thanksgiving Day Cruise. Captain David and his wife Sharon generously invited us to join them and the crew (including the requisite pirate) to a scrumptious turkey dinner from the leftovers of the cruise. David and Sharon run The Belle and The Raven, a pirate ship, in the ICW for an enjoyable, relaxing, entertaining, and informative escape back in time. You can get more information from their website at www.belleoftopsail.com. Thanks including us in your Thanksgiving feast!
|THE BELLE OF TOPSAIL|
|ALL DECORATED UP FOR TOMORROW NIGHT'S HOLIDAY FLOTILLA|