Down the Bay to the Pungo River   1 comment

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A gloomy departure

A gloomy departure

We departed Zahniser’s Marina, our Chesapeake Bay home port for the summer, in the rain on 27 September and started our 2016-2017 southbound adventure.  Upon our departure, the light rain lasted for only a few hours then we just had cloudy skies.  By late afternoon, the sun was trying to peak out; the winds were light and the seas were not too bad.  All in all, our passage to Reedville, VA was not a bad one.  We dropped anchor in Sandy Point anchorage and enjoyed a quiet night.   

We awoke to cloudy skies and higher winds (20-25 that later grew to 35 knots) and decided to

Getting nasty

Getting nasty

move further south to the East River in Mobjack Bay.  As we got into the main channel leaving the Great Wicomico River at Reedville, we passed a Canadian boat that looked very familiar.  We realized it was S/V Sweet Chariot II with our friends, Grame and Laura, whom we met along the way and in the Bahamas five years ago.  We talked with them over the radio for a few minutes; they were headed north, we south.

staying cozy while it is raining

staying cozy while it is raining

As we arrived in the East River, the clouds thickened and the winds piped up; the lightning and thunder came later.  We set the anchor in Put In Creek just in time for the gusty winds to begin; we had a couple of gusts to 50 knots….yikes!  We have stayed here in past trips; the anchorage is very protected and the holding is good.  So we installed our cockpit enclosures, sat in the cockpit, and watched the storms pass through.  Most of the strong storms missed us; that was good and the anchor was buried deep into the mud.

We awoke the next morning to more episodes of storms and decided to just chill at anchor for

Chilling

Chilling

playing dominoes

playing dominoes

another day.  We certainly were not in a hurry.  It was a good day for reading and playing dominoes.  Terri popped some popcorn and we spent the afternoon playing Mexican Train Dominoes.  For once, Bill won 235 to Terri’s 529…..yahoo!!  Tomorrow’s weather is forecasted to be better so we plan to head to Norfolk.

Navy ships

Navy ships

We departed the East River and made our way to Norfolk on 30 September.  The weather was vastly improved, the sun came out, and it was a very nice passage.  Our only excitement was when a Coast Guard boat pulled alongside and announced the US Navy was conducting an exercise and asked us to approach Norfolk using the western most channel.  We arrived at Waterside Marina in Norfolk early afternoon.  We like Waterside Marina because it is located on the Norfolk side of the Elizabeth River and provides easy access to restaurants and other locations.  We walked down to Grandy Street Pizza for dinner and had a very quiet night. 

On 1 October, we departed Norfolk and started our trek down the ICW.  We made it through all

our first eagle sighting this year

our first eagle sighting this year

of the various bridges and were the last boat, by ourselves, to go through the Great Bridge Lock.  Due to high water levels, the lock was shut down at high tide.  We cleared the locks and passed under the Pungo Ferry fixed bridge; the clearance board read only 63.5 feet….yikes….we touched every rung of the bridge with our antennas.  Yep, it is going to be another rum night!!  We made it without further incidents to Coinjock where we tied to the marina and slept like babies…….rum helps every now and again!!

sky on the water

sky on the water

We departed Coinjock Marina early on 2 October, made good time

a pretty reflection

a pretty reflection

down the Alligator River and decided to go through the Alligator-Pungo Canal.  Our trip through the canal was really pretty as the water was so still that the sky was reflected onto the water like a mirror.  Of course, at the end of the canal rest the Wilkerson Bridge, one of a few bridges on the ICW that was not built with a 65 foot clearance; the Wilkerson only has 64 foot.  When we went under the bridge, the clearance boards read 63 feet and a few inches…..yep, another rum night as our antenna hit every rung of the underside of the bridge.  We anchored in the Pungo River at Mile Marker 127.

Pungo River sunset

Pungo River sunset

Of course, the high point of the news day was the impending appearance of Hurricane Matthew.  With that in mind, we decided to make a run to River Dunes Marina, just north of Oriental, NC as it is pretty protected.  So, with that….until our next update….. 

Bill and Terri

Posted October 15, 2016 by svsecondoption in Uncategorized

One response to “Down the Bay to the Pungo River

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  1. Living vicariously! Where are you staying in Oriental? I love your photos!

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