We are pushing hard to get to Georgia, long days on the water, including a few hours of schoolwork for the kids. But even school isn't too bad as you can see by the pic of Delaney's classroom the other day.
Thursday we arrived in North Myrtle Beach, SC. There weren't any anchorages around, and the kids hadn't been off the boat for a few days, so we stopped for the night at Barefoot Landing, a large outlet mall along the ICW. The kids got some ice cream and a chance to run around a bit, while a little later on the parents had a nice night sitting in the cockpit not concerned about tides, currents or slipping anchors.
I couldn't resist showing this pic as well, something we have seen alot of recently. All along the ICW you will find new "waterfront" communities/subdivsions, many of which must have been put on the market prior to the recent sub-prime mortgage mess.
Friday and Saturday saw us going through some pretty remote parts of South Carolina, mostly saltwater marshes and swamps. We shared a quiet anchorage with a couple of other boats last night, one of them from Halifax on it's way to the Carribean. And yes, swamps and marshes mean mosquitoes!! We are all about 10lbs lighter and slightly anemic after our stop last night.
Tonight we are anchored in a little creek near Isle of Palms, SC (10 miles north of Charleston). http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=isle+of+palms&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Isle+of+Palms,+Charleston,+South+Carolina,+United+States&ll=32.814113,-79.755582&spn=0.004535,0.010546&t=h&z=17 We decided to wait to pass through Charleston tomorrow since it has been blowing from the south for 3 days . The winds will shift to the north tonight meaning we can go across Charleston Harbour with the waves instead of them right on the nose.
We were a bit late getting the anchor down tonight , so while Lisa made an excellent lasagna, the kids played spy while I did an oil change on the engines.
Does anyone out there remember a movie called Trilogy of Terror?? It was 3 stories (duh, trilogy right), and one of them starred Karen Black. She had a little doll/idol, and when it's belt fell off it came alive and terrorized her. Remember the final scene when she is waiting for her mother to arrive???
Anyway, we have acquired a new crewmember who , although he looks a bit like the doll in the movie, hopefully will bring us nothing but good luck and decent winds .
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That's all for now. We are aiming for Beaufort, SC (where Forrest Gump was filmed) in about 2 days ,where we will spend a day for Delaneys 9th-Birthday (Oct. 26th), then push further to our next month-long stop (Brunswick, GA).
Mark, Lisa, Delaney and Mitchell.