Hello from Charleston… still. Weather, along with some engine warranty issues, have provided a nice delay in Charleston until now. We have taken the opportunity to sample the wonderful southern cooking, the sites, do some shopping, and relax.
Internet has been hit or miss, so forgive my delays in posting. We also do not have cable, so I missed the final episodes on all the television finales. The boat does have satellite, but not the local channels.
Here is a lovely sunset picture in Charleston City Harbor:
I love the reflection in the yacht’s window. No retouching of color either in that shot.
I visited an old friend, Gail, who owns a bead shop in North Charleston. Gail has a great sense of humor and is a lot of fun! Gail came to Joe and I’s wedding, which is how long I have known her. Here are 2 pictures of Gail and her shop:
Now, here are some random shots of Charleston. You know me, I do not like to take the typical tourist pictures. Instead, I look for close up shots of interesting things:
Here is a picture of the boat, taken just after docking in the rain the first night we arrived.
This morning, I saw a family of dolphin swimming just on the other side of the boat. It was a mom, dad, and baby. I was taking pictures, but will upload them later to see if I was quick enough.
I love the pattern in this palm:
As I mentioned, gale force winds and high seas have delayed our trip. You must be patient and just “go with the flow” so to speak, on a trip like this. The same applies for engine issues.
Dave, the captain, prefers to run the boat off shore, out in the Atlantic. There is an alternative, running inside in the Inter-coastal, also called “the ditch.” The Inter-coastal is an inland channel which was initially created during WW2 so that commercial vessels, small boats, and barges could safely transport goods up and down the eastern US coast.
Running in the ditch is slow going. It used to be maintained by the government, but hasn’t for several years. This heightens the chance for running aground, due to silt. It will also be crowded, so you have to watch for other boats.
It looks like we will divert our route tomorrow morning and take the Inter coastal north for a few days. I’ll take some pictures for you if I see anything interesting. Hope to update this tomorrow in a position north of us.