Friday, December 7, 2012 10:20PM
Jon & I were finally able to escape the hold that Charleston had on us and Whisper is currently anchored in Bohicket Creek, just off the North Edisto River. We almost took advantage of the winter special the marina was offering, but decided that we really want to get where it’s a bit warmer.
We certainly enjoyed our extended stay in “Chuck Town”. Last Friday, I spent the day walking all around town, looking at the lovely homes, browsing through shops, and making a quick stop at the grocery in town. Jon stayed at the boat – he got the lines he needed to reconfigure our running backstays and spent most of the day installing them. We went to the farmers market Saturday morning then went back to town for dinner and a concert at night. Sunday morning Jon & I explored the streets and alleys south of Broad. South of Broad is not only the title of a Pat Conroy novel, it’s one of the high-end residential areas of Charleston and full of wonderful old homes and churches. Sunday afternoon, it was back to the boat to do laundry and prepare the boat.
We had planned to leave on Monday morning for a 7-hour offshore trip to the Beaufort, SC area. We awoke to fog, and not knowing how long until it would burn off, soon realized that we were probably staying at least another day. Well, we ended up staying a few more, but who’s counting? The best part of the unexpected delay was that my friend Skippy was able to stop by on Monday afternoon for a visit. It was great to see him again. We took advantage of the extra time in Charleston to see if the outboard for our dinghy still worked. It started up fine and we took a spin past the Battery and up the Wappoo. On Thursday, we hopped on the van to West Marine and Harris Teeter (the area grocery store which is almost as good as Wegman's) to stock up before leaving. It won't always be so convenient to get supplies.
Part of the reason for lingering in Charleston was the lousy offshore weather. Not as bad as the weather we had on our trip from Beaufort, NC, but there continued to be small craft advisories due to a persistent coastal trough. At
Colorful homes on East Bay
some point, we decided to head south on the ICW for a while. It’s not too bad in this area – only one drawbridge and we would be traveling on the high tide with ample water below the keel. So, we left around 9 this morning, made the 9:30 opening at the Wappoo Creek Bridge, and motored through the low country under cloudy skies. Once anchored, the sun started to break through and we enjoyed just hanging out in the cockpit, watching the good old boys at the shrimper dock nearby drive a tractor off the dock into the marsh. Ah, the good life.
(more Charleston photos coming later)
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