May 10, Wednesday, Day 30 – ICW MM 516 somewhere between Beaufort and Charlestown, South Carolina
We are anchored out under a full moon and are all on own here. It is beautiful and now it’s quiet as well. We are somewhat near a marine air base and saw planes like we only see in movies as we cruised near their training island. No pictures – they move too fast. But now they are quiet too.
We got everything done that we planned today. I picked up refurbished symmetrical and balanced propellers – a 4 hour drive and Dirk changed the oil which was a two person, 3+ hour job because it was the first time and we did our grocery shopping. With help from the marina we were off again for another 4 hours before we found a spot for the night. It was low tide, and so we needed to follow warnings from Active Captain, a valuable cruising tool that all cruisers can use and contribute to. You can see how low the tide is by seeing how high the dock and boat sit above water. I took a picture of some of the guidance that we need to figure out as we go.
It has heated up here in So. Carolina – it was in the 90’s even on our boat, and since the black flies and no-see-ums are out, we can’t keep our doors open to enjoy the breeze. But once the sun went down it is cool enough to sleep again.