Friday, October 16, 2009


Temps are way below normal here for mid-October, but we're cozy inside our full enclosure. It has paid for itself many times over. We previously looked down our sailing purist noses too, as we were bundled inside our foul weather gear. No more. Comfort is VERY important!

After my 2-hour HOA board meeting by speaker phone yesterday, we anchored out last night in Eastham Creek, which is off Goose Creek, which is off the Pamlico River. Nothing there with us but one Bubba Gump shrimp boat and one lone trawler.

A lone eagle watched us this morning from his perch as we entered a narrow canal leading eventually into the Neuse River. Only other "highlight" was the very large barge and tugboat we crossed paths with at a bend in the canal. First commercial traffic we've seen in a long time too.

Arrived in the charming village of Oriental, NC, which has 3000 boats and 1000 humans around 1 p.m. Took a long walk around the town to get some exercise and shop. Kudos to Oriental. It's the first town along our route that recycles, and our recyclng container was overloaded.

Lots of shrimp boats at the docks. Throughout the afternoon, we've seen lots of our fellow ICW boaters that we recognize pulling in here too. Should be a lively night at the marina's Tiki Bar.

On our walk around Oriental, Fran, a 85 year old resident, finally "shanghaied" us. She had driven by us 3 times, offering us rides since she knew we were "boat people." Finally, she gently ordered us "Get in, I want to show you the pretty parts of town." We figured that was safe although I asked her if she was "stalking" us! Fran had moved here 27 years ago and her son runs a local boat yard. She drove us around for a short while, enjoying our company as much as we enjoyed hers. I'm not sure I'd offer a personal tour back in Williamsburg, but it sure was a "touch of small town America." Thanks, Fran!

There's a cool live web cam on the Oriental harbor at

Went to dinner at M & M's Cafe tonight. Local shrimp (from Bubba Gump's boat) and crab quesadillas were yummy.

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