The east wind from tropical depression Julia pushed water into the harbor and on high tide the town dock was below water. The dock is fixed and we were tied to the dock pylons, which were high enough to keep our lines secure even when PhatCat rose about the level of the dock.
Saturday, Sept 17 we headed south down the Dismal Swamp and entered North Carolina from Virgina.
We stayed overnight at the visitor center just like we did coming up. This time Di was able to hike into the woods and find the old moonshine still.
|We added our name to the north lock wall as we entered the Dismal Swamp canal.|
|Canal Road in the Dismal Swamp, on route to the still|
|The Still. From left to right as the process flowed:|
The boiler, the Cooker, the Doubler/Thumper, the Dry Barrel and finally the Condenser, which dispenses the final product - distilled spirits.
|The flat boat barges were known as lighter boats or shingle flats. The canal was too narrow and shallow to handle larger vessels back in the day. These flat boats were pulled by hand or mule along the canal.|
|While walking along the trail, Di saw a doe with 2 young deer, probably born this past spring|
|Just yards north of the flat boat barge is Cross Canal.|
Now impassable, it stretches 10 miles to the west and once was a major waterway connecting Gates county, NC to the Dismal Swamp canal back in 1822.
|Dave relaxing at the visitor center. Wifi was only available in the visitor center building itself.|
The visitor center was closed on Sunday so we had to get all our Wifi access done on Saturday.
|Looking back up (north) the canal from the visitor Center dock.|
Sunday, Sept 18, we made it to the Elizabeth city free town dock the next day. A new bakery opened the week after we were here last so were looking forward to tasting its delicacies; but the place was closed on Sundays and Mondays, so never got the chance.
Tropical Depression Julia met us in Elizabeth City and it was rainy and windy. Sunday night we rocked and rolled against the town dock.
|After one of the rain showers Sunday Afternoon, a rainbow showed itself in Elizabeth City.|
Monday morning (9/19) early (6:30 am), we took advantage of the temporary calm seas and wind to make our way further south to Dowry Creek marina. Laundry facilities were free so we did a couple loads of laundry and Di attended the daily 5 PM happy hour (bring your own drink and a snack to share) they have. The rain came in about 6 PM and lasted on and off all night.
Tuesday, we left early again, although a little more reasonable time (8 am) and traveled 1 hour south to the Mayo Seafood Dock in Hobucken, NC. At $16 a night including 30 amp electricity and the ability to purchase free seafood, it was good stop over. The old shrimp docks are on a well weather protected canal which connects the Pamilico and Bay Rivers. T.D. Julia was still churning around the area with rain off and on during the day, so we stayed thru Thurs, Sept 22. Di is not a fan of seafood, but Dave was able to get fresh shrimp for dinner one night and scallops another night. He even bought a second package of frozen scallops for sometime in the future.
Friday morning we stopped at the River Dunes Resort. It has rave reviews on Active Captain and other boaters we met who have stopped here were adamant that it is a must go to place. The price is $1.90/ft so we only planned on staying 1 day, doing some grocery shopping using the courtesy car and giving the boat a good cleaning.
|The River Dunes pool|
|The club house|
|River Dunes dock. This is a well protected harbor. |
You can just see PhatCat poking her bow out on the outside of the T-dock.
|The club house as viewed from the pool|
|Some of the private houses at River Dunes.|
Saturday afternoon we left the dock and anchored overnight in the harbor just off the docks. Sunday we head to Beaufort, NC. We are now about 2 weeks from home.