Blogs from Beaufort, North Carolina, United States, North America


Cape Lookout National Seashore, Harkers Island, North Carolina Just a short drive down the road and out to the end of Harkers Island, we arrived at the Ferry Dock for the trip to Cape Lookout National Seashore. I think that proximity is the reason Joan booked us at the RV hospice, so there was some reason to her madness. The ferry people told us they were expecting a cloudy day, with no rain, but lots of wind - so we should be dressed appropriately. We were close enough to the trailer that we were able to go back and put on long pants, instead of beach shorts, for the day, and still make it back in time to board our ferry. And I'm glad we changed pants. The wind was pretty constant all day. At times ... read more

Coastal Riverside Campground, Beaufort, North Carolina It was a long drive yesterday - a little over 300 miles. We went 100 miles southeast back down to the coast, and caught US17 at Myrtle Beach. Although not as fast as using interstates, we enjoyed looking at the beach towns as we moved up the coast into North Carolina. Threading our way in between towns and around the bigger cities we made it to our campground here in Beaufort, North Carolina, on another sea island. In between Myrtle Beach and Wilmington, we passed signs for Ocean Isle Beach which brought back very pleasant memories. I went to graduate school in North Carolina in Chapel Hill some forty years ago. While there, I used to organize beach parties for myself and fellow grad students. I rented a house right ... read more

North America » United States » North Carolina » Beaufort March 25th 2015

Took our new baby on the road for her virgin voyage. We invited our sister in law, Shirley, to go with us on a trip to North Carolina. Shirley’s son, Tom, lives in North Carolina and she hadn’t seen him in a while. Plus, we figured that the weather would be better than Cincinnati, and we could test out the motorhome before making our big journey in about 3 weeks. Things were a bit dicey at the beginning…. the breaking system for the jeep wasn’t quite right, but after some stop and go Jack got it perfectly functional and we were able to hit the road. For the first hour of the journey we went 15 miles! After a couple more stops to double check on the jeep, he was satisfied things were good and we ... read more
Carrie, Shirley, and Tom (and Oscar)
pier at Waters Edge RV park
from pier at Waters Edge RV park

North America » United States » North Carolina » Beaufort November 8th 2013

Geo: 34.7181, -76.6642The was the stop where we waited for the boys to arrive. They drove down from TO and then I continued south in their car, while the boys sailed the boat. Nov. 9th, 2013 – Four hours to Beaufort, NCHello everyone!Just a hop, skip and a jump today, to Beaufort, where we are at the town docks waiting for Randy and Jimmy to arrive. We expect them to arrive around 11pm.It was a VERY roll-y ride across the Neuse River today. Thank goodness it was a VERY short crossing. Once in the canal, we were fine, but BOY! were we rocking for a little while. The rest of the trip was smooth, against the current, but no worries.Beaufort is proving to be as hospitable as the rest of NC, welcoming us with open arms! ... read more
On the boardwalk
sunny but cool
Boys trip!

North America » United States » North Carolina » Beaufort November 2nd 2013

The Ocracoke / Cedar Island Ferry took us to North Carolina where, after a bit of a trip on a narrow road through salt marsh, we pulled into Beaufort. I was so sure we had been to Beaufort on a past trip. Wrong! We had gone through Beaufort, South Carolina. The two have much in common. Picturesque harbor side towns with historic links to things coastal and southern. It was hard to find a place to park the RV, especially since we didn’t want to unhook the Jeep. We found a row of parallel parking spaces near the harbor but a very unfriendly sign warning that RVs parked here would be towed was enough to discourage us. Along came the County Supervisor on his daily lunch-time walk. He directed us to the Court House – where ... read more
Carteret County Courthouse

North America » United States » North Carolina » Beaufort January 14th 2013

As Marty mentioned, we tied up to a dock safely- and that dock was in Beaufort North Carolina. Beaufort is apparently the third oldest city in North Carolina. This is a very nice city with a lot of history, and a lot of pride in their heritage homes and buildings. It has been very well restored, and it is certainly a beautiful quiet place to be if you have to be somewhere for a few days. The public dock is in the old restored part of town, so there are restaurants and gift shops right in front of your boat.... a lot of them are still open even in this very dead time of year. Most houses have the year they were built on the front, and some date back to 1706. The burial grounds are ... read more
boardwalk along the docks
dinner in the cockpit! it's getting warmer
nocturnal heron

North America » United States » North Carolina » Beaufort January 8th 2013

So this is the story of our rounding of Hatteras:we left Norfolk on Friday night at 10:30 the schedule is to get through cape hatteras before dark, we thought we could get there for around 1 pm so this left us plenty of room for error. We had a chart of all the wind forcasts for the next 24 hours as doing this trip is a non stop kinda deal since all the surrounding areas have rocky shoals. Cape Hatteras is known as the ship graveyard since there have been more then 1200 sinkings there, kinda spooky.So we had our ... read more

North America » United States » North Carolina » Beaufort November 3rd 2010

Bonjour à toute la famille et à tous les amis qui nous accompagnent tout au long de notre voyage. Pour ceux que cela intéresse, j'ai ajouté au blog une carte qui représente à peu près le trajet parcouru depuis note départ jusqu'à ce jour. Nous sommes entrés dans l’ICW cette semaine et nous y serons pour les 4 prochaines semaines, destination la Floride (Miami se trouve à 1 086 milles terrestres à partir du mille 0 débutant à Norfolk, VA ). De là, nous traverserons le Golf Stream pour touché les BAHAMAS (ouf!). Lundi le 25 octobre : Journée relax, nuageuse mais relativement chaude et humide (70 F). Nous empruntons les vélos de la marina (Deltaville Boatyard) afin de nous rendre au village (situé à 2,5 milles) pour y faire des petites courses et fouiner dans ... read more
Charlie se repose dans les coussins
Le capitaine est concentre, les vagues sont fortes
Hampton University vue de notre mouillage

May 30th to June 14, 2010 Beaufort, NC to Baltimore, MD Skip and Barbara Williams arrived on time with a load of groceries that promised great meals for the coming two weeks. Barbara is a passionate cook and Skip, having grown up in a marina around boats is the most experienced boat handler on the whole cruise. For me that meant taking a vacation from handling the wheel. Skip became the captain and he named me the admiral. That meant Skp had the responsibility for the boat and I just had to plan the routes and to select the marinas while during cruising and docking I could relax. We left Beaufort early in the morning timing our departure with the opening of the bridge. The ICW then veered to the right and we almost grounded because ... read more

North America » United States » North Carolina » Beaufort November 8th 2009

Good day to all, We are currently sitting in Beaufort North Carolina, Since we last wrote to you, we left Sandwich MA and have sailed all the way to Cape May. NJ, via New York, then down to Cape May NJ, up the Delaware and down the Chesapeake and to Beaufort via the ICW . When leaving Sandwich, the timing for passing through the canal must be properly timed since there are very strong currents pushing (or pulling) you through. Once you come to the end of the canal, into Buzzards Bay, you must ensure the weather is in your favour since the waves, combined with the current in the bay, make for strong rip tides that churn around your vessel and make the ride quite bumpy (like being in a washing machine). The sailing ... read more
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East River
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