Traveling to North Carolina

We left Myrtle Beach Marina in South Carolina Saturday morning.  We have been so fortunate with our nice weather.  We will be navigating 40 miles on the AICW called Little River, our destination is Deep Point Marina in North Carolina.  Little River flows into the Atlantic at the border between North and South Carolina.  The inlet has long been a break point for tropical cyclone warnings.  The area is mainly made up of old scrub pine forests, marshes, swamps, and is bordered by the Waccamaw River and the Atlantic intercostal waterway.  Live Oaks, spanish moss, and palm trees dot the landscape.

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This area with the gambling boats is called the Little River Water Front.  There are several water front restaurants.

This area is called Little River Neck, Corkins Neck, and Little River inlet.  These are small streams and rivers off the ICW.  They can call it what they want I call it beautiful.

We are still seeing the after math of hurricane Matthew with shrimp boats turned on their sides.  How devastating it was for these captains to lose their boats.  It reminds me of the movie Forest Gump, his boat Jenny survived the storms and the other shrimp boats were destroyed.

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We are now in North Carolina crossed the border at 10:00 this morning.  North Carolina became one of the English Thirteen colonies and with the territory of South Carolina was originally known as the Province of Carolina.  The northern and southern parts of the original  province separated in 1729.  This was just a bit of history about North and South Carolina.

These are homes along the ICW on the main land.

This area is called Tubbs inlet which is actually a channel to the Atlantic Ocean.  I think will navigate on the ICW and view the Atlantic from a distant when possible. The Atlantic is by the homes in these pictures and you can see the waves.

These are some pictures of what it looks like navigating on the AICW today.

Shalloette inlet leads into Saucepan Creek.  South of the inlet a long colony of oceanfront houses stands on dredged canals, from the AICW to the ocean.  Houses on the main land side are more substantial and spaced father apart.

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This area is called Ocean Isle Beach the town with a population of over 500 extending from Tubbs Inlet on the west to Shallotte inlet on the east.  Ocean Isle Beach was incorporated as a town in 1959.

Boat traffic was terrible today, of course its Saturday.  Sometimes you really had to watch they would pass you on both sides, and they don’t slow down.  Johnny came up with a name for them “ACC which means asshole center counsel.  We had a boat pass us pulling a tub with two kids on it and would you believe they stopped in front of us and changed passengers.  Now this area is very narrow with a lot of boat traffic.  The water guild book warned us about boat traffic,

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Monks Island is a private island located on the intercostal waterway in North Carolina and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.   Monks Island and is nearby to Calvin Point, Bowen Point, and Sage Island.   Anybody wants to buy the island it’s for sale.

Holden beach is a seaside town in North Carolina.  The town is 8 miles long and a  barrier island on the Atlantic Ocean, bounded by Shallotte inlet to the west, Lockwoods Folly inlet to the east, and the ICW to the north.  Only one road North Carolina Highway 130 crosses the ICW to connect Holden Beach with the mainland.

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This is sea tow doing their job.  We have not had to use them on this trip but It’s nice to know if a problem arises, sea tow or other towing companies are there to help you.

Caswell beach is a small sleepy seaside town on the east end of Oak Island North Carolina.  The historic Oak Island lighthouse, which the town now owns, towers over its environs, while the Oak Island Golf Club is the sole business in the town.  Contiguous to Fort Caswell which dates from 1825, Caswell beach was incorporated as a town in 1975 and both were named for Richard Caswell.  The 1st & 5 Governor of North Carolina.

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This inlet from the Atlantic Ocean is called Shallotte.  We found that open bodies of water can become rough, and have more current.  The water on the ICW is so clean compared to the Waccamaw River the down side is it has more salt in it.

Homes in North Carolina take on a new look compared to the plantation homes we saw in South Carolina.

Approaching Lockwoods Folly inlet the shoreline shifts to low marshland extending back to scrub trees.

This is called Pinner Point and Long Beach North Carolina.

We are leaving the dredged  land cuts where the ICW leaves the river at Cape Fear and entrance to the Atlantic Ocean.   We will be traveling in the shipping channel to Deep Point Marian were we will dock for the night.  Cape Fear River is 202 miles blackwater river in east central North Carolina.  It flows into the Atlantic Ocean near Cape Fear .

This is Southport where John and Pam Shorts ( Short Vacation) are docked .  We have been playing hop scotch with them.  Were in Osprey and they passed us now were in Deep Point and we passed them.  In another week will both be in New Bern and hope we can have docktails.  It will be nice to see them we have been in contact with them the whole trip.

We are docked at Deep Point Marina it’s off the shipping channel on the Cape Fear River.  The marina has a ferry that runs from 6:00 A.M to 10:00 PM to Bald Island.  This marina is very clean and offers a lot of amenities including a pool that they just filled.  We talked about staying and extra night and seeing the lighthouse but decided     To travel while the weather is nice.  They are predicting storms the end of the week.

The Marina is home to the ferry that navigated from 6am-10pm to Bald Head Island.  The island is two nautical miles off the southeastern tip of North Carolina, where the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean meet.  No bridge connects this cape island to the mainland, so residents and visitors rely on the passenger ferry or private yacht.  The only transportation on the island is electric cars and golf carts.

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Wishing you all a Happy Easter we are traveling.

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