Today has been three days since we left Wilmington. Here I am sitting at a local coffee shop in Beaufort, North Carolina, charging the electronic devices that used to be of utmost importance to my daily life, and now is a tool to be used on the luxuries of land. Now I am going to share with you my notes from each day of the trip thus far. Although my brain never stopped thinking, I only got so many words onto paper; These words most likely reflect the most memorable and important aspects in my mind. So, here it goes:
Day 1- 5/17/13
“Isn’t this great!?” – Captain Ron
For the first time ever, I am wearing a 60spf sunscreen. Never in my life that I can remember have I needed to wear such protection, as I have not been out on the water for a full 15 hours before. It’s only 2PM (we left around 7AM), and I am ready for shade. While Dan says its a calm day, this is more than I have ever seen on the water. I have almost fallen overboard twice (worse than the dogs so far). I must mention that Jackson was the first one to get sea sick, which is surprising to me because I felt nauseous at that very moment.
I learned that I like being outside on deck way more than being inside while cruising. The best part so far was leaving the inlet and the land- literally a feeling of relief and peacefulness instantly overwhelmed Dan and I. Losing sight of all the traffic and mansions and people may be the best feeling ever.
For those of you wondering what sailing on the Atlantic feels like, I’ll try to explain it the way I now see most fit. Imagine laying on your back floating in the rolling waves on your favorite beach. Now picture a cute wooden cabin- that is your body floating on the rolling hills of the ocean- and on there are your favorite snacks and drinks, your best friends, lots of sunshine, and a cool, constant breeze. Oh, and of course there is music (natural and artificially created), pillows and blankets and whatever else floats your boat. 😉 Out here, there is no fast-food or microwaves, no television commercials or nasty news channels. All we have is the wind and the water- but what else do you really need? I know that the ocean has always been important to me, and now it really makes sense to me- water is essential to my well-being and overall health.
Day 2- 5/18/13
After a long day at sea, we finally came into the channel at Beaufort. As soon as the waters calmed down, I began to drift off into the realm of dreams, the early morning fishing boats ruined my first peace in several hours. One a**hole drove so close by our boat, things started falling off shelves and rocking the boat. Immediately, I shouted for Dan to get up and yell at those guys. He didn’t. Instead, we moved to a better (more private) anchorage. By this time, the sun was rising and Dan hadn’t gotten any shut-eye yet. Our new spot is this tiny spot between Front Street of Beaufort and a natural asparagus-filled island with wild roaming horses and mini-beaches. What a place! There are probably around 30 boats anchored around here, and I’d say about 90% of them are some kind of sailboat.
Now on to the more important stuff- we acquired a new member to our family today- Bouncy (or Beyonce) the dingy.
Leaving Wilmington without a dingy was stressful for us, but we had to keep moving and wait for fate. Well, it happened! And fate came to us via two amazing individuals- Jerry & Terri. Sometimes, things come to you at exactly the right time, even when you have stopped trying. Today was truly an inspiring day with all of the beautiful people we met (except the grumpy dock master).
Today, I gained another experience of reassurance that there is still hope for humanity. It really is about being respectful to others. Out here in the world are wonderful people. Is it really that hard to be nice? Are people too paranoid with all of the technology out there?
Well, I’ll tell you something I do know-Beaufort attracts beautiful souls with some genuine hearts. No matter how cool it seems, it is much nicer on anchor, rocking in the calmness of the sea; a place where the sun rises and sets over the water. Some call it paradise.
Day 3- 5/19/13
Last night marks the first good night’s rest I’ve had in what feels like a while, but realistically was only two days. This morning, we woke up to tiny gnats swarming us. Dan even claims the gnats woke him up in the middle of the night. If gnats are my biggest complaint thus far, I think we are doing just fine. We took an early morning dingy ride to the island to bring the dogs for a long beach-walk.
Dan is currently laying in the main sail and using it as a hammock. I am lounging in the cockpit with Stella. While we wait for Dan’s repair on the water pump to ‘set’, we will spend today enjoying the sun and serenity of Beaufort’s clear skies. The apple application on my phone for weather has been reliably wrong for the past week, showing nothing but thunderstorms, none of which we have encountered. The dogs seem to be adjusting well!
That’s all for now, updates to come. Next stop: Oriental, NC.