Saturday, May 17, 2008

A Glorious Beginning

At 6:30 am, Wednesday May 14, we cast off our last line to officially begin our journey. It was a perfect morning--clear, cool, and calm. We were so glad we had waited for the weather to turn! We made a stop for fuel with another boat at the docks in Morehead City, and saw our friend Sam--who came to wave us off--thanks for turning around Sam!

We traveled through Adams Creek where we saw two pods of dolphins and several blue/grey herons--my favorite birds! Passing Jarret Bay Boatworks, we were amazed at how much it has grown. They have several old "Trumpies" there on the hard, and they are still so pretty--even though they are in great disrepair!

From the Neuse River, we went up the Pamlico, past Jones Island Hunt Club, where Louis used to be a member, to Belhaven, where we spent the night at The Dowery Creek Marina--a very nice place to overnight. Upon arriving, it was no time before someone on the docks came by to tell us of a "cocktail party" at 5pm. Since it was the first night of our journey, we took two bottles of champagne (thanks Joan & Page, Meri & John!), and all there toasted us--truly special!

The only sad part of the day was when we learned of the sudden death of our friend, "WW" Weaver. We will miss him terribly, especially breakfast time at the White Swan! God speed.

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