Sailing north from Florida is fun because you can pick up the Gulf Stream about 15 miles off shore. The Gulf Stream is like a fast running river in the middle of the ocean. It runs south to north and at its axis it will run at 3.5-4 knots. Without much wind and only one engine running, we were moving at 11-11.5 knots. For non-boaters, that is lickety split fast. We made great progress north. After two days and two nights at sea we had to head towards land and seek shelter from an approaching cold front. The weather forecast called for lightning, rain, thunder and winds. We hate this kind of weather and being out in the middle of the ocean during a storm is not fun. Our mast is 64 feet tall and looks like a "lightning rod". We headed west and entered North Carolina at Cape Fear. We found a marina by 9 AM, took a much needed shower and jumped into bed for a nap. By 2pm we were engulfed in the storm. It passed quickly, no lightning strikes found our mast and the cool air that followed was much appreciated.
We continued our travels north via the Intra Coastal Waterway (ICW). We love the countryside in the Carolinas and the ICW offers unsurpassed scenery.
These Ospreys give us the evil eye as we come close to their nest perched on one of the waterway markers.
Since there are no hurricanes on the horizon we decided to visit the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This is the oldest lighthouse in North Carolina found at Ocracoke. The harbor here is small and very protected. There are gorgeous beaches, great hiking and biking trails and the seafood is superb. From here we continue north about 150 miles to the Chesapeake. We will be calling Deltaville, VA home for a few months. We look forward to our return trip to SD on August 18. We miss our family and friends and look forward to catching up on local news.