Trip Start Nov 06, 2010
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Aboard Hejira

Flag of United States  , North Carolina
Monday, November 22, 2010

It has been three straight days of motoring, long days of many miles dawn to dusk. About an hour of sailing each day. Beautiful anchorages, sunsets and sunrises while underway, good food prep conditions. It'll be worth it though when we make it to Wilmington NC for thanksgiving with Cousin Skye. The Intracoastal is sweet and easy. Yesterday Connor drove for 15 straight hours, I think. Polished all the ships brass. Meh.


We said goodbye to our shipmate and blogstress Ellie today.  She’ll be taking in the sights and sounds of shorelife with her family in Oklahoma City for Thanksgiving.  Despite our plan to rendezvous in Wilmington in a matter of days, pulling away from Mariner’s Wharf in Elizabeth City with her smile beaming at us instead of aboard was distressing.  We miss you, Ellie!
As we motored into a light and lifting fog, sunrise broke the horizon at our bow and a low-slung morning moon hid in the shadows of our stern.  The engines of three sailing cruisers droned out across the placid Albemarle Sound; Hejira had made friends dockside with two other vessels and she would be making miles today in the company of Journey and Lumar.  
This open bay crossing is the largest in the NC section of the ICW and consisted of lots of day markers passing by in straight lines.  Anytime the wind picked up we were dead into it and sailing wasn’t an option.  We occupied ourselves with discussions of boat upgrade possibilities, recalling the tips gleaned from chatting with boatowners the previous night and marveling at the training maneuvers two fighter jets ran in tandem overhead.  
We covered a lot of ground with little in the way of excitement.  Good music and good food carried us through to near sundown as we approached the Alligator River-Pungo River Canal and a crucial decision:  We could push on an extra 20 miles into the evening, with the thought that several such days would put us in Wilmington for Thanksgiving, or we could drop anchor and spend another day with our fellow travelers who had already pulled off.  The lure of strength in numbers proved too great.  We came about at the mouth of the canal, cut the engine and set the jib for a leisurely sunset sail downwind to a thoroughly scoped anchorage.  In the newfound stillness, swamplands that were held off all day at our periphery flooded in around us, teeming with life.  Sailing is what it’s about.  
At anchor there were snacks, a red moonrise and a moonlight rainbow while we planned tomorrow’s path through the charted wilderness.  In the evening darkness the first tug we’ve seen on the waterway came ploughing through, shoving a hundred foot barge before her.  Nice to not have to go port to port with that through a tight canal at night.  



Head count - Peter: 2 
                   Connor: 3   
                   Ellie: 436
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GLG on


;) xoxo

Ellie on

So what you're saying is that it's a little bit boring without me? Minor bummer.

Peter E. Rowell on

What I'm saying, is the posts are way shorter and no where as detailed as when Ellies on board! I also believe we missed a couple of whole days and no pictures?

Skye was saying someting about a boat parade, are you going to make it there in time? I'm sure she would enjoy a ride. I wish we all could be there to enjoy turkey togeather but we will make do with the cold NH weather. No snow yet but it feels like it's comming.

Be sure to post for Thanksgiving, maybe you can get Connor to stop doing the marathon steering events long enought to say HI.


Larry Du Bois on

Happy Thanksgivig you guys enjoy! My advise its to stock up on turkey it tastes better than peanut butter! Have fun Larry

TER on

Happy Thanksgiving, to the crew of Hejira. Enjoy and be safe.

welch resort on

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you are having an awesome day!

Tom A on

Happy Turkey Day. Just wonderring how much fuel you use when you motor for the day ratherr than sail?

hejira on

Tom, we are working on fuel usage figures for per hour. It seems to be about a third of a gallon, maybe a bit less.


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