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Time Between Segments of Travel

We decided to sit out the 4th of July holiday at a marina and leave the river for the weekend warriors and all the folks traveling to see fireworks in Albany and beyond. It turned out to be a productive decision and we accomplished a lot of projects we hadn’t undertaken for one reason or another like cleaning the hull, taking care of the teak, cleaning out the main bilge, and more. We have been staying at Donovan’s Shady Harbor Marina in New Baltimore, NY. This place is the last full service marina before heading to the Erie Canal and trust me, they are total full service. They filled our propane, replaced our windshield wipers, filled a flat fender, filled us up with diesel, pumped us out and more. They have a really nice store and a great restaurant and bar, The Sunset Grille. We reconnected with a couple of folks we met in Fort Meyers, before we left on the Loop. We also met five other couples who are at various stages of completing the loop. I love this place. It’s the boonies and it’s not~~~

Yesterday, we borrowed the marina’s courtesy car and I drove David to Albany to pick up a rental so he could go to Burlington for some physician appointments and take care of other business. This afternoon I will drive back to Albany and pick him up and he will be bringing two of our grandchildren back with him. Ronin and Leda will be joining us for a few days to experience a little bit of life on the river and a few legs of the Erie Canal.

That’s the update for now. Recharged, refueled and all cleaned up for the next leg of this journey. There are 57 locks on the Erie Canal and a lot of current and that promises to be a big workout. Peace.


Looking north on the dock at Shady Harbor Marina, New Baltimore, NY
Looking south down the river at Shady Harbor Marina.
Hudson River view from the dock.

Updates From IRENE: June 24th, 2021

We left Fort Meyers, Florida 62 days ago and tonight we are in Ventnor, New Jersey (just south of Atlantic City).

Here are some quick “stats”. We have…

  • Anchored Out: 29 nights
  • Stayed at Marinas: 29 nights
  • Slept on Land: 4 nights St. Michaels, Maryland
  • Engine Hours: 212
  • Approximate Miles Traveled: 1600
  • States Traveled: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware & New Jersey
  • Deisel Purchased: 330 gallons
  • A couple more ‘Jersey days and nights, then NYC 🎆
IRENE the dream in Virginia.
The Original Irene, with Percy and Gladys.
Cutest cottage in Cape May, NJ (see mermaid).
View from our current anchorage (minus the giant NNE wind you can’t see).
Happy full 🌝 🌊

Oriental, NC to Columbia, NC (That’s a Lot of Territory)

From Oriental we had hoped to head 46 miles out the Atlantic to Ocracoke Island in the Outer Banks. The weather would not permit it. We will take that route when we return late fall. So we headed up the enormous Neuse River to begin a few day trek across creeks and more rivers that make up the intracoastal waterway.

Crossing the Neuse River in a north wind and big waves.
A wild ride, even for the “bigger girls”.

In the the Neuse we encountered fog, as the air got considerably colder the farther north we went. It was lifting a little when we headed up the Pamlico River finally reaching our anchorage 4 hours later in Hobucken at Eastham Creek. What a beautiful spot- guided to the creek entrance by a bald eagle.

“Turn left.”

It was the first night in the 50’s and it felt like a fall night in Vermont! I think we rose early in the morning not only because the commercial fisherman were out, but also because there was a brilliant sunrise and we wanted hot coffee. We took our time getting ready for a long day up Alligator River Pungo River Canal. 21 miles of the straightest “man-made” waterway I’ve ever seen.

Straight as can be.
Hello 😅

We exited the canal into the beginning of the shallow and wide Alligator River. The wind had shifted and we had to go further than we’d hoped to find a protected creek. Nearly 8 hours from our departure that morning we finally anchored inside Catfish Point. It was spectacular and terrifyingly beautiful. In the midst of calming down and setting in for a sunset, out of nowhere comes a tow boat looking for a “bigger boat” that had run aground. I wish I’d thought to grab my phone when an hour later he emerges from deeper in the creek with a humongous 60 foot trawler in tow. The whole experience was surreal.

(Also, got to FaceTime with the Little’s- Ronin and Leda, and see their new puppy, Nardo, in person. Saw Owen too ❤️❤️❤️❤️.)

Inside the unmarked channel at Catfish Point in the Alligator River, Columbia, NC. Later, a million stars and a red waning moon arrived too.

This morning we took a slow 10 mile run up the Alligator River, through the swing bridge, to the Alligator River Marina. We were on the dock by 10AM 😁 we had IRENE scrubbed, fueled up, laundry done and a beer by noon. Tonight, we rest up and make plans for next leg of this journey.

This is us- tired, but happy. ✌🏽