Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Church Creek

 It has been a long time since I have posted here, and unfortunately we have made little use of the boat. We did have a gathering on the boat out in the river near our home for the local Fourth of July fireworks display. It was a great evening with some good friends, and because of tides, I spent the night out at anchor to bring the boat back in at high tide in the morning. Since then, we have had all of our grandchildren at Ford for a week of kids' camp and taken a trip to stay with friends for a few days in Sun Valley, Idaho. Next week, we go to Highlands, NC for a two-week escape from the hot humid weather at home.

For now, I am simply repositioning the boat for maintenance, primarily for new bottom paint. I am headed to Ross Marine on Johns Island near Charleston. I left home near noon Monday and anchored that night in the Herb River, near Thunderbolt and close to the Savannah Yacht Club. After some nearby rain, it cooled a little to 86 degrees. I enjoyed the back deck for a while until I was chased inside by bugs. I turned off all the lights and hid in the dark.

Tuesday night I stayed at the Beaufort Town Docks, now called the Beaufort Safe Harbor Marina. It was nice to get off the boat and walk around the town a bit, but it was very hot and humid. Today I made my way up to the Church Creek anchorage, just short of my destination tomorrow. I have used this anchorage about four times now and it is always delightful. It is open enough for some breeze and protected from wakes on the Intracoastal Waterway. I captured the image above of a gigantic storm about 50 miles to the west near sunset. As the sky darkened, I was treated to an impressive lightning display as the storm moved south toward Statesboro, GA. Tomorrow I will be at the boatyard getting the work organized, and I have a rental car reserved to drive home Friday.