Sunday, November 9, 2008

Semper Fidelis

Mile 244.5 ~Mile Hammock Bay an anchorage allowed by the marines ( well why not given what I paid for income tax last year ?) Camp LeJeune – Uneventful ! 6:50 AM to 2:10 PM – easy day. That is the good news – this stretch from Beaufort to Mile Hammock was where we went hard aground last year. Today - Sunny , breezy as the weather report likes to say – though initially the Bogue sound was dead calm. It was funny waiting out the gale last week – as we listened to election results the weather person kept saying "breezy" – yeah – except if your are living on a boat – windy is the word I would use or don’t be so foolish as going out in a boat – but if you just need to go in your car to the grocery store – it’s breezy – what’s the big deal ?–
Bogue sound is about 2 miles wide but with just one feet of water inmost of it. At the end of the sound as it narrowed with sand dunes on the ocean side we were treated to a pod of dolphins playing in our bow wake. One swam along side us for quite a ways, fully coming out of the water several times and staying the same speed as us. We will see lots of dolphins and can’t help but be charmed each time.

Sometimes we are just inches from going aground and sometimes a few feet – I got a kick out of the guy in waders not far from our 5 ½ foot keel boat in the waterway today . Sunday is a busy day – so many boats out today and lots of fisherman – fun to have entertainment. We spent most of today just a minute’s walk from the ocean – skinny water as they say…….but who’s walking……at least this year the Marines weren’t doing maneuvers – last year our mast almost got touched by a helicopter plane thing doing touch and goes - just great !

"The Marine Corps adopted Semper Fidelis as its official motto in 1883 (Semper Fidelis is also the title of the official musical March of the Marine Corps). Translated from Latin, Semper Fidelis means "Always Faithful." …….. Margaret

that's the ocean out there !

1 comment:

sean said...

Glad your having a good time and better sailing so far this year. Pictures are great and its interesting to see how many boats qare traveling with you. Sean