Posted on October 14, 2016
On the move.
After a long couple of weeks of waiting for weather, our boat is finally back on the move south.
We spent a lot more time than anticipated in the Chesapeake. First, we were waiting for some regular old wet-and-stormy weather to pass; then we were waiting for Hurricane Matthew to make up it’s mind; finally, we had to wait for the after-effects of the hurricane (combined with a wicked cold front) to pass through. It’s getting cold. We’re ready to go south.
Unfortunately, the south might not be ready for us. We’re not the only boat that was waiting on Matthew; lots of folks stayed north longer than expected, and the ones that were already south of us parked and waited. Now traffic following the Annapolis Boat Show is piling on, and on top of everything, the Dismal Swamp is closed due to flooding. That means everyone is headed for the Virginia Cut, and traffic is nuts.
We’re trying to slow down, to let things clear out a bit. We hear the Alligator Creek is jammed with debris, and we’d like to let it recover. We also hear Madison got some frost last night, and it makes the sunshine and sand we’ve come across feel that much sweeter.
We absolutely do feel like we’ve entered a different landscape. We are approaching the Carolina lowlands–away from the Bay that felt more like the southern Great Lakes. We’re sad to say good-bye to the crabs (although we hear they’ll range a bit further south!) but are ready to find some shrimp.
These guys turned into nori rolls…
Mostly, we feel like we are once again turning a corner.
This trip has naturally divided itself: first, Lake Michigan; next, the North Channel; Erie and the Erie Canal; The Hudson and New York City; Delaware and Chesapeake Bay. Each segment means applying skills to new conditions–tides, bridges, anchoring. While our current skills seem to involve Dealing with Crowds, we hope things will ease up in the Albermarle Sound. We’re looking forward to what the Carolinas will bring.