Thursday, November 1, 2012
MONDAY 10/29/2012 DOCKSIDE MARINA TO BAREFOOT LANDING
62 NM TRAVELED
After returning our weekend Enterprise car (such a deal at $35.00 Friday to Monday), the Quest cast off her lines and left Dockside just after 8:00 AM. While the skies were by no means sunny, the rain was a past thing and the winds were definitely within our traveling range. We traveled past our Southeast Harbor boat dock, through Snow’s Cut, down the mighty Cape Fear River and back into the ICW channel. Yes, we were all happy to be back on the water!
The pounding waters and shifting sands brought on by Sandy left their mark but all in all things were might fine. We did, however, have one little glitch around 1:30. Between aid-to-navigation markers 80 and 81 in the Shallotte Inlet area, Quest almost ran aground. We did do some hoping and skipping across the very shallow, shoaled, sandy bottom but Dan managed to keep us going until we cleared the area. I think our newly painted bottom will have a few scratches to show for this adventure.
Before 5:00 Quest was tied up to Barefoot Landing Marina in Myrtle Beach, SC. Dan and Richard gave her a quick wash-off while Charlene and I made the visit to the dock-master to register then contributed a little to South Carolina’s economy by visiting the shops. You know, we girls have to do our part!!
While we have been extremely fortunate here, Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy made her might known as she made her way north and slammed into land near New Jersey and New York. Lives have been lost, homes washed away, airports deserted and under water, power lines down, mass transit suspended, schools canceled and feet of early snow piled up inland where the storm took on a whole different face. Our hearts go out to all those affected.