We have passed many of our late fall days in, or moving to and from one Carolina marsh to another. Following our escape from the Alligator River sand bar, we motored for two more days through North Carolina’s marshes towards Beaufort/Morehead City Inlet and the sea. Drakka bid us farewell outside of Oriental, a small town on the ICW, where they were going for the holidays. Dolphins welcomed Gypsy Soul and Elizabeth Jean to the open seas as we moved south no longer tied to our depth sounder or the magenta line. Gypsy Soul said goodbye a short while later and headed in to Southport, North Carolina. Dolphins once again joined Elizabeth Jean for our journey to Charleston’s marshes and then again as Elizabeth Jean slowly sailed through the night to Skull Creek Marina, the only marina in Hilton Head operating after Hurricane Matthew’s thrashing.
North of Beaufort on the map, Drakka pulled in for holidays with family. We left Gypsy Soul as they headed in at Southport (just south of Wilmington on the map). After a short stop in Charleston, Elizabeth Jean eased on down the road to Hilton Head near the South Carolina-Georgia border.
After enjoying Carolina’s marshland, we are ready to depart for Florida at slack tide tomorrow.