Since mid-February, I’ve been on a well timed journey with a plan for sailing, image making, and new “vision”.
The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, sometimes referred to as “the ditch”, is made up of rivers, bays, sounds, inlets, and manmade canals stretching north-south from Norfolk, VA to the Florida Keys. The waterway is used by commercial barges, small cruise lines, commercial fishing vessels, as well as pleasure boats.
Sometimes there are “people in the street” scenes I just want to ponder.
We walked one of the boardwalks to the beach where a few people were taking advantage of a pretty day. The sand was well packed as the tide had long since gone out. We headed north toward the lighthouse and came upon a wall constructed of steel pilings. It was holding back the washing away of the sand to the south, at least for a time. I looked out over this forlorn stretch of northward beach; trees uprooted and washing into the sea one by one. Much effort is spent on engineering techniques, but these only delay further loss. Seawalls and groynes “provide short-term solutions and long-term problems.” (http://oceanworld.tamu.edu/resources/oceanography-book/coastalerosion.htm) We try to save the beaches and beach development because it suits our immediate need. Is this our appropriate role as good stewards of our evolving earth? … Continued
I’m thankful for this time to enjoy the Beaufort waterfront.
I heard rollicking approach from the boardwalk and down the ramp onto the docks. The chatter and laughter continued as young people clamored aboard the neighboring boat. I was in the cockpit processing images on my laptop. One called out to me, with confidence and a rather contagious exuberance, “Hello, nice to meet you”. I looked up to see a young lady of about 11 years old. So outgoing and polite. A moment later, a man approached. Probably the dad, I thought. He introduced himself and apologized… perhaps for the disturbed peace, as now tuning of violin, viola and cello came from the back deck of the fishing boat. Wow, the sound was unexpected and my curiosity peaked. I was being blessed by the sound of youthful wonderment. Jim told me his daughter, Lillian, and her friends were on their … Continued
These two little ones, Aniyah and Jayla, are featured here because they really got to my heart recently. They have such sweet dispositions. I can’t stop thinking about them. They are two of the children in the four families that were hosted by Lord of Life Lutheran Church for a week. My good friend, Tonya, invited me to come along to make dinner and to host the families at her church for the night. She is such an amazing servant with a gift for hospitality. She coordinates the family promise hosting program at her church. The church acts as host four times a year to homeless families in the Family Promise program in Bluffton, SC. The program helps families by giving them a safe place to sleep, something to eat, and an address to use (the Family Promise Center) while the … Continued
Well, we finally reached the warmer weather when we arrived at Beaufort, SC. We are so happy for some vitamin D. Lady’s Island bridge opened, we passed through and pulled up to the docks at the downtown marina. This seemed a good time to look at our plan again. We left NC late in the season and weather kept us in the intracoastal waterway instead of along the coast permitting a quicker trip to the south. Getting as far as we had hoped was looking like one big race. Also, since our auto-pilot failed to keep a course, Beaufort seems a good opportunity to install a new one. So, we are staying here until the end of the month and then looking for a few days of awesome weather for coastal passage to Florida. One of the best reasons for … Continued
We spent a day at the Harborwalk Marina in Georgetown, SC and I took to the streets to explore. Lunch first at this waterfront restaurant. Mardi Gras préparations were underway when we arrived on this cold, damp day. Front Street restaurants set tables outside in spite of the weather. The town mardi gras célébration was held in a waterfront hall . This photo was made from the boardwalk. The streets of historic Georgetown call to mind a visual character of bygone years. This feeling even more exaggerated after dark. An older couple leave the mardi gras party. Ladies outside The Strand theatre. The International Paper Company mill was built in 1936.
The end of February is a fine time to leave North Carolina by water. COLD this year, but fine. Weather keeps us and our little vessel “inside” to putt along the Intracoastal waterway. This is not my favorite, as I would, by far, rather sail the east coast from one inlet to another. Quiet, overnight sails are so much more pleasurable. I enjoy a moonlit overnight watch at the helm. So, we race south to get out of the cold, but it follows. Even with the cockpit enclosure, we wear layers of clothing and warm up when we anchor with a hot shower and warm dinner. At Little River, SC we decided to take a marina dock for a night to plug in a heater. We hailed a marina, but there was no response. After a few attempts, a lady … Continued