We agreed that sounded pretty nifty. We decided to head there this morning.
It's a bit unnerving waking to 16 mph winds when it's a "go" day. We planned on pumping out before we got underway. But the winds made me uneasy. Various weather apps claimed the winds would calm as the day went on, and as you can see, we headed north, further inland, away from the windy ocean. We stuck to the plan, but one change -- we'd pump out in Oriental on the way.
To be fair, the winds did make it easy to get off the dock so getting underway was pretty quick and easy. So off we went.
This would also be our first open water crossing in a while. Any east winds (NE, E, SE) would make the trip rough. Our winds came from the south, and the first bit of open water into Oriental was mildly chopped, but very doable.
|Crazy parking job for the pump out|
Then we attempted to pump out ourselves, but the mechanism didn't work. Russ went to look for help, I just called them on the radio. The manager was going to come down and give us a hand.
...why he just didn't do that to begin with...
He gets the pump working, which is finicky. It's woefully under-powered, and has to move your "stuff" nearly 200 feet to land and 12 feet up to reach the city sewers. It also shuts off after 10 minutes, so you need someone on the dock to press the button to start it again. It took us 30 minutes to get the deed done, but done it got.
|Wide open waters|
|You see the craziest things on the ICW|
Crossing complete we got onto a cut that took us up to the Campbell Creek. Just as we got to the mouth of the creek Rip and Beth Tyler hailed us -- they'd been watching our progress on Nebo. They talked us to their place, and met us on the dock. After dogs got a break, we had them over for some cheese and crackers and sangria.
|Beth and Rip|
|Sunset on Campbell Creek|
The only stat that's changed was the deer-fly count, which went up by 7. Total: 14