Sailing on Christmas

December 22, 2019

Due to heavy fog this morning we had to wait before entering the Alligator-Pungo canal as the tug and barge ahead of us sat until the fog lifted. We certainly did not want to get in their way.

After lunch we decided instead of maintaining our current heading, we would flip a U-turn and go back to Belhaven for the night to wait out some weather.

 

December 23, 2019

We decided to spend another day in Belhaven. Thanks to Alex’s suggestion, Eric and I walked over to the US Cellular in town, and they were willing to sell us one of their returned phones, no plan and no hassle, for a very reasonable price. One of the store staff even drove 45 minutes to another store just to grab the phone I wanted from their list. Amazing customer service, and I am so relieved to have a phone – to take pictures, know where I am on a map, check weather, send emails, chat via text, and of course, read webcomics.

December 24, 2019

My new phone works!

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The Crew!

And we continue cruising down the ICW.

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A fleet of fishing vessels

And we made it to Oriental, NC for Christmas Eve.

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December 25, 2019

We enjoyed watching dolphins play in Adam’s creek! it always amazes me how far inland these marine mammals roam.

By mid-afternoon, we made it to Beaufort, North Carolina and Eric decided we should keep going. Nobody stopped him, so we sailed out into the Atlantic.

 

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Exiting Beaufort Channel, North Carolina
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Momo at the Helm

 

December 27, 2019

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Sunrise on the ocean

Today we caught not one but two fish! The first for us to ever land on this vessel. I reeled in the first one, a large Spanish mackerel. Eric was kind enough to gut it as I dealt with the motion sickness triggered by my fight with the fish. Momo reeled in the second one, an even bigger mackerel. Delicious. We’ll be feasting on fish for days!

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My mackerel, you are so beautiful, and delicious. Thank you for providing bountiful food with good friends.

 

December 28, 2019

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Another sunrise on the ocean, complete with a rainbow for good luck

We arrived in Jacksonville Florida. Cruising is so much easier with four people, although the majority of us struggled with motion sickness. I am so grateful for our friends’ help with this journey.

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Eric with a tug

Even though we motored for most of the journey, at least we made it south with a quickness and the seas weren’t too rough. We have now arrived to warmer weather.

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Wetlands of north Florida

 

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