Total miles: 3,655
Yesterday we started early and cruised 45 miles from Myrtle Beach, SC to Southport, NC. We made it through the infamous "Rock Pile" without incident. It was very windy, but the scenery was great!
|Docks need to be extremely long here!|
|New friend Michael|
Today, Friday, was another 0600 start for us to take advantage of the tide. We needed to travel 20-plus miles up the Cape Fear River, so an outgoing tide would really slow us town. We traveled on the rising tide and tied up at Bennett Brothers in Wilmington at slack tide- perfect! The scenery was entirely different today. We saw military installations, huge tankers and container ships, several tugs, small crab boats, and plenty of pelicans.
|Off to an early start|
|Cape Fear lighthouse|
|Takeoff is slow for pelicans|
|The bird on the left has a band on his right leg.|
|Pelicans just love crabbers!|
|Notice the orange lifeboat on the stern of this tanker.|
|They must love pelicans around here!|
|Wilmington and lift bridge|
|USS North Carolina|
Mara Beel will be spending the next few months tucked away in this "hurricane hole" marina while we head home. We will miss our Looper friends a lot, but we are so excited to be with family and friends at our river house.