Traveling the ICW: Wrightsville Beach, NC to Charleston, SC

Wrightsville Beach to Myrtle Beach

_DSC2738LRIMG_1925LRWe finally left Wrightsville Beach on Tuesday, October 6th around 11:45 a.m., after five long days in port.  Before returning the rental car, we made a trip to Harris Teeter to stock up on supplies.  We were concerned about the flooding and debris in the water as we continued our journey south towards Myrtle Beach.  The Captain called the Coast Guard and all reports were positive, no major flooding, and no debris in the water from Wrightsville Beach to Myrtle Beach.  It was a cloudy, cold and  uneventful day on the water.  We arrived in Myrtle Beach at the Barefoot Marina about 4:00 p.m., got gas and our slip assignment.  The temperature never made it out of the 60s.  We went to the restaurant at the marina, Barefoot Boathouse, which featured sandwiches and burgers.  The food was very good, actually, only the portions were so huge.
IMG_1938LRI ate only half of that steak sandwich and a few fries.

IMG_1939LRAnd I had a bite of the Captain’s Key Lime Pie.

After dinner as we were walking back to the boat, you could see the clouds clearing way off in the distance, and after awhile, we saw this:

IMG_1941LRand then this:IMG_1947LRThis is one of the coolest photos I have ever taken.  (Photo taken with my iPhone 5).  It felt so good to see the sun again after so many days of rain.

Myrtle Beach to Charleston, SC

IMG_1959LRWednesday, October 7th dawned sunny and much warmer.  We were on the water headed towards Charleston by 8:00 a.m.  We started out making great time, but then were slowed up for a long time because of flooding along the river bank in “The Ditch,” a series of beach developments right along the ICW:

IMG_1968LRIMG_1980LRIMG_1995LR copyMany people’s homes were flooded, and we didn’t want our wake to  make things any worse, so we went really slow, causing no wake at all, and took in all of the devastation.  A vey sad scene to behold for sure.

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You can see from the photo above how high the water was.

_DSC2764LROnce we passed The Ditch, we were able to pick up speed and it was a beautiful and sunny ride.  We saw this white tailed deer swim across the Waccamaw River.  The Waccamaw River is one of the most beautiful rivers we have gone through.  Cypress trees covered in Spanish moss line the banks, and marsh grasses provide ample opportunities for blue herons and other birds to hunt for food.

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Love seeing the brown pelicans.  They always remind me of warm weather.

_DSC2804LRLove the flag on this sailboat!

IMG_2023LRWe arrived in Charleston about 2:30 p.m.  We stayed at the Charleston City Mega Dock Marina.

IMG_2060LRThe Captain’s boat was smaller than some of the dinghy’s for the mega yachts, however, it get us where we want to go with a crew of just two (the Captain and the First Mate).  We quickly set up and caught the 4:00 p.m. courtesy shuttle to the historic district.  We walked around and took in the sights of this beautiful city:

IMG_2024LR IMG_2026LR IMG_2027LR IMG_2032LR IMG_2037LR IMG_2038LR IMG_2042LR IMG_2043B&WLR IMG_2043LR IMG_2047LR IMG_2051LR IMG_2055LRThe weather was just gorgeous, low humidity and very comfortable for walking around in this scenic place.
IMG_2057LRWe stopped in the Southend Brewery & Smokehouse for a bite to eat after all that wandering around  I had the fried green tomatoes, which were pretty good.  I didn’t particularly care for the coating on the tomatoes.  The restaurant is housed in a three story brick building dating back to the 1880s.  The building is believed to be haunted and is a popular stop on the Charleston ghost tour circuit.  I loved the building, and we sat on the third floor overlooking historic East Bay Street.

What a delightful afternoon and evening in downtown Charleston.

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