Traveling to Georgetown SC

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The sun is shinning as we lift McClellanville this morning.  The sail boat peeled off from us and then we left with Anchor down and Easy Living following.  What a great day for traveling.  The weather is cool with the sun shinning, no wind, and calm waters.  This is every boaters dream day for navigating.

Today we are navigating 30 miles from McClellanville to Georgetown, South Carolina were we will dock for the night.

These are pictures as we navigated up the ICW from McClellanville to Georgetown.  Some areas have beautiful tree lines and others are just grass areas.

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This is called the South Santee River and its tributaries provide the principal drainage for the coastal areas of Southeastern South Carolina and navigation for the central coastal plain of South Carolina emptying into the Atlantic Ocean.   The Santee River is the second largest river on the eastern coast of the United States.

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Then we got attacked by No-See’ums and flys.  The flys stayed in the back of the boat but the No-See’ums were every where it looked like it was snowing.  The No-See’ums like me as much as the mosquito like our granddaughter Ella.

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This is the Estherville and Minim Creek Canal connecting the Santee River and Winyah Bay.  It was opened for traffic in 1906.  We saw dolphins feeding but I couldn’t get a good picture of them.  The Canal is beautifully lined with trees and so calm.

The cable operated ferry crossing is now a floating swing bridge crossing.  The Sunset Beach floating bridge (pontoon bridge) only opened once an hr. and very slow.  The Sunset Beach was replaced with South Island Ferry.  The South Island Ferry floating bridge can be put in place and vehicles across in 4 to 5 minutes.  They have signals that will indicate when it is making a crossing and we are restricted to a 5 mph speed limit in this area.

We are now heading for Georgetown and this area is called the Western Channels when we came to the intersection port (left) is the ICW shipping or go starboard (right) to the Atlantic Ocean.  The area is wide and deep as this is a shipping area with many markers. Georgetown has a paper mill and we can smell it.  My sister Monica lives in Mosinee, Wi and they have a paper mill so I knew what the smell was right away.

We had to travel up the Sampit River to Harborwalk Marina were we docked for the night.  There are three different marinas in this area so we used Active Captive on the iPad and looked for the right marina.   The Sampit River during colonial years  were developed extensively for rice cultivation, on large plantations dependent on labor of African salves.

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This was our great sunset I could sit and watch it forever.

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