Bucket Bathing & Carnivorous Ponies
Morning breaks, and we breathe a collective sigh of relief… we’ve survived the night-long onslaught of a billion unidentifiable, nocturnal flying insects.
After counting her lucky stars, Tambi dons her skimpiest bikini and submerges her head in a bucket of lukewarm water in an attempt to cleanse her fabulously dirty hair. Oh, the subtle joys of boat living!
Later on, we stretch our legs as we explore a seldom-visited island whose only inhabitants are a carnivorous herd of man-eating ponies. Yes, you read it right – these bloodthirsty pintos have acquired an insatiable taste for human flesh. Naturally, we tread lightly during this foolhardy excursion as we tread deeper into the heart of Carrot Island.
10.19 Today we left Great Bridge. We traveled along the ICW and stopped in Coinjock, NC for a “famous” flyswatter (Aras said we should). We got fuel and water then continued on. We anchored for the night right off the channel. It was a beautiful sunset. As soon as the sun went down, 1000’s of 1000’s of weird bugs we later learned were fuzzybills, covered our boat. We could hear them swarming outside. Thank goodness for our screens. We plugged the vent holes and turned our as many lights as we could to try and keep them away. N36*16.041 W75*57.359
10.20 Beautiful Day. Beautiful quiet little cove just off the channel. Washed my hair in a bucket today and shaved my legs. Played trouble as a family. Great dinner tonight and beautiful sunset. N35*40.119 W76*02.113
These are the bugs we woke up to! All over our boat!
10.21 Lovely foggy morning. Moved to Belhaven, NC today. Went ashore this evening. Belhaven wasn’t our favorite stop. We really didn’t need anything from the store so we didn’t make the mile walk. We tried to get some pizza from a restaurant, and the oven was broken. So we left and had Ravioli on the boat. We also met Canadian Paul in Belhaven his boat name is Ariba II. It got really windy tonight, the sound and the water was crazy. N35*32.188 W76*37.575
10.22 Stayed anchored in Belhaven today due to the high winds. We had a great day. We also cleaned some, I cleaned the stove, Ben and I cleaned the composting toilet. Leaving tomorrow.
10.23 Anchored in Brown Creek today. 2 other boats came and anchored near us. We got the diggy out and we went and just explored the area a bit. One of the boats anchored near us Tamare (Scott and Kitty) asked us to come over for snacks and drinks. They knew the couple on the other boat, Corrett (Bill and Susan) and invited them as well. They are some great people! Scott and Kitty have gone around the world twice. And Bill and Susan do this trip from Maine where they live to the Bahamas every 5 years. N35*05.577 W76*36.299
10.24 Went from Brown Creek to Oriental today. We saw dolphins this morning leaving the creek. They were pretty cool. There were probably 100 of them. They were feeding and you could tell where a group of them were because the birds were swarming around them. When we got to Oriental, we went to shore and walked around. We went to West Marine, a local Provisioning/Marine store, and Piggly Wiggly. We ate lunch at a really good little deli. We went to the local coffee shop called The Bean for wifi. We got coffee and ice cream. The coffee was amazing. Probably the best iced vanilla latte I’ve ever had. We also took showers tonight! YAY! N35*01.386 W76*42.000
10.25 We stayed in Oriental again today. We really like this town. Today we went over in the diggy again and walked to the marine consignment shop (because it was closed yesterday when we went by.) with Bill and Susan. We also went to the coffee shop again for more coffee and ice cream. I just cant get enough. I worked on the blog and we went to the playground. We went over to Bill and Susan’s boat for dinner.
New Friend Susan!
10.26 We left Oriental today for Beaufort NC. There are loads of boats here in Taylor Creek. We Anchored by Carrot Island. Carrot Island has wild ponies on it. So we will try to see them tomorrow. We went to town and walked around. We went to the free North Carolina Maritime Museum and had dinner at a yummy little place I can’t remember the name of. We rode around the anchorage in the diggy and we did see some ponies on shore. We couldn’t get too close though because we ran aground with the diggy motor. Saw a pretty cool pirate ship someone built out of a sailboat. N34*42.955 W76*40.120
10.27 Stayed in Beaufort NC again today. We went to Carrot Island and did not see any ponies. We did see the backside of one quickly disappearing into the woods, but we lost him. We could hear them, but we couldn’t get to them. We went to town and did some laundry and uploaded a video. We really like Beaufort, but we didn’t really care for the anchorage.
Just a little late night coloring.
10.28 Today we left Beaufort and went to Mile Hammock near camp LaJune. N*34.33.128 W77*19.427