Monday, February 4, 2008

1/27/2008 Brunswick, GA


Getting away from the dock at Isle of Hope took a good shove off and strong engine to push against the current and into the Skidaway River. Destination who had left a few minutes ahead of us, made their way up the narrows and under the Skidaway bridge.

We followed in their wake soon to pass by Moon River, into Burnside River, Vernon River, with a short jump across Little Ogeechee River to a cut called Hell Gate (hey didn't we go through that in New York?) to Ogeechee River and on to the Florida Passage (now I like that name, sounds promising). All of this stretch and more in Georgia were reported to have shallow water, sometimes as little as 2' mean low water, so Bob calculated the tide and currents to pass at half tide and rising as recommended. This made for a short trip today into Big Tom Creek.

Be sure to click on this to see all the birds.

Love the red roof

There's water on the other side and a shrimp boat with it's outriggers

Big Tom Creek for the evening. A nice spot but the current was so strong that our second anchor a 10# Fortress would not sink?? so Bob had to haul out the 35# plow. Ok to put out but not too great to haul back the next morning.
Beautiful sunsets always calm the days worries.
Yesterday we were in rivers, today we seem to be crossing sounds with a lot of the same shallow water and temporary marker issues, as well as several ship wrecks that add to the navigation issues. The large spans of water are always a shock after winding along some of the creeks.

We crossed St. Catherines Sound, Sapelo Sound and DoBoy Sound, where we entered the Duplin River and anchored just past a couple of docks near some power lines.

The next morning there was a little fog early on, so we had a sit-down breakfast before raising the anchor. The water we traveled today was interesting and enjoyable, although we did still have to mind the markers and keep a watch for any new ones not on our charts.

As we made our way up St. Simons Sound to head up into the Brunswick River we encountered a good deal of commercial and recreational boats.

We slowed to allow a car carrier to make its way under the Sidney Lanier high-rise bridge and into the harbor ahead of us.

Then it's our turn to go under the bridge
The harbor was a busy place
Some scenes were from a by-gone era.
others very active today
Even the Brunswick Marina had a train whistling by every day.

This was one of the nicest, most accommodating marinas we have stayed at. Each dock had a little pavilion on the end with a gas grill provided by the marina.
The showers resembled what you might find in a nice hotel, the laundry was free - 4 wash/5dry, so that was no longer a hastle, and there was an L shaped lounge with tables and comfy furniture with computer hookups, tv, coffee pot and 2 tall book shelves for exchange. Wednesday night was the weekly get-together night.
The town of Brunswick was a very short walk from the marina.
It's an interesting town reminiscent of a turn of the century Southern town.
What I found especially interesting was the road and sidewalks.
The road was a rough stoney texture. Notice the sidewalk.
I only spent a short time in town but seemed to have caught the right day. While I was in one of the gift shops it was announced that today was their day to stay open till 8:30pm with refreshments served. I was just in time to get a little red cup of wine that really added to the shopping enjoyment :-)
Oh well the clock says it's time to move on. We've been here only a couple of days but have had an enjoyable time with old boating friends we caught up to and new ones we just made. Sharing your experience and waterway information with friends and good food is such a big part of our trip. HAKUNA MATATA to our waterway friends and the dear ones we left on shore at home.


Manuela said...

Thanks for letting us be a part of this amazing trip. I love seeing all of the pictures of the sites you visited and reading about them. Miss you.

K. said...

Bob, I found Yellow Boat by clicking "Next Blog." I have a brief film of a pelican diving on my blog ( Open the January entries, select Sigh..., and scroll to the bottom. -K.

K. said...

Apologies. That's -K.