|...Departing Beaufort, Adams Creek Sunrise....|
Here are the legs we ran from Beaufort.
#1. Beaufort, to Dowry Creek Marina, 54 nm fuel, water, pump out, dock for AC and storms.
#2. Dowry Creek to Elizabeth City, 71 nm! Dock, no AC, no power, dine out.
|Shrimp Boat heading to work|
This section of the ICW, the Alligator River Pungo River Canal, Albemarle Sound, Elizabeth City, Pasquotank River, South Mills Lock, Dismal Swamp, Deep Creek Lock, and Portsmouth are by FAR the most interesting section. I never get tired of running this part of the waterway. I capture the most interesting photos and reflections here. So, please allow me to share the best 30 photos of the hundreds that I shot. You, too, will see the beauty of this portion of the ICW.
|Radeen at the helm|
|Alligator River Pungo Canal Fly|
|My favorite Bridge Tender is at Alligator River Swing Bridge|
This man is so kind and friendly and does a great job!
|Crossing the mighty Albemarle Sound|
|The placid Pasquotank River, leading up to the South Mills Lock|
|Radeen enjoying the reflections|
|Too beautiful to not take lots of photos|
|My Favorite reflection|
|Anchored at South Mills Lock waiting for the opening|
|Radeen is a great line handler in the lock as the water rushes into the lock|
|We are being lifted up 8 feet to the Dismal Swamp level|
|Ahhhh...now for some Dismal Swamp reflections|
|LOOK AT THIS, 22 statute miles of canal|
|The canal was completed in 1805 and is on the |
National Register of Historic Places
|The heat index is degrees and we are running with the sunshade up|
|It is JUNE and the biting flies almost killed us. This fly swatter is a gift|
from the Elizabeth City Chamber of Commerce.
|Welcome to Virginia, the VA-NC State Line in the swamp|
|The Deep Creek Bridge prior to entering the lock|
|Entering the Deep Creek Lock, our favorite,|
|Radeen under the shade and tending her bos line|
|We have run EVERY MILE on this sign, except the last 50 to Eastport, Maine|
|Line handler, Radeen|
|Radeen lets the line out as the boat drops 8 feet|
|Welcome to Portsmouth, bridges, tugs, barges, ships, crazy boat traffic|
|WE DID IT, we made it to the Commodore Theater for the movies!|
A 9 hour day of only 46 nautical miles, with time spent waiting for locks and bridges.
|The South Ferry Basin, Portsmouth VA, a must stop town|
|This is the route from Elizabeth City into the Swamp and up to Portsmouth VA. Click to make larger.|
There you have it, 30 photos of our last few days of running north. Today, we enter our HOME waters of the Chesapeake Bay with a 105 degree heat index and zero winds. We will head out and power on north. Thank you for sailing along, it is great to share this wonderful adventure.