"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

May 3, 2016

May 2 - Swansboro, NC

Dudley's Marina

“The way to happiness: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Scatter sunshine, forget self, think of others." ― Norman Vincent Peale

We left the little marina at Carolina Beach State Park this morning with cloudy skies and traveled north along the ICW. The weather the next week or so doesn't look promising. The ICW along this section of North Carolina is close to the ocean and lined with large homes. It also runs through the Marine base Camp Lejeune. We've used an anchorage there many times, but today the weather had cleared and it was too early in the day to anchor, so we moved on to Swansboro. Our plan was to anchor there, but with the threat of thunderstorms we decided to go into a marina. We enjoyed a nice dinner and quiet night onboard...I didn't even get off the boat.

Large homes near Wrightsville Beach
The ICW is close to the ocean here...right over those dunes is the Atlantic Ocean
This is what afternoon traffic on the ICW looks like
To keep from waiting 45 minutes for a bridge to open we lowered the bimini...while it was down I did a little mending.
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