We left Brunswick at 9:30 on Thursday and followed various tributaries for many hours.
We were told that we would see lots of wildlife on this part of the trip- does this look like wild life to you?
We passed through acres and acres of marshland that looked like it could be fields of some type of grain, however with the tides in Georgia, some of these fields likely get flooded twice a day. Maybe they should be growing rice. The wind blew most of Thursday, and we had very little cover in the marshland.
As well we had to traverse through several sounds (inlets from the Atlantic) or cuts in order to get from one river system to the next. On Thursday we went through St. Simon, Altamaha, Doboy, and Sapelo Sounds. The water in each of these areas was quite choppy and we were tossed around, the boat also acquired a new layer of salt because of all the splashing.
We had wanted to go about half way to Savannah, which is just over a 100 miles from Brunswick but we found that the first anchorage we had chosen had no trees and because of the wind we didn’t feel comfortable staying there, so we wen another 10 miles and ended up anchoring in Walburg Creek at 5:00 with trees and houses to the east of us
and marsh field to the west. (at low tide this marker is on the bank)
Since this was just over 65 miles, it made for a shorter day on Friday. The wind died down a little in the evening but it was high tide at 10 pm, low tide at 4 am and then rising tide again, so we swung around a little in the channel.
We woke up Friday and it was 43 F, a little chilly- we turned on the generator and heat pump to warm up the boat before setting off for the day. On Friday we only had to go through two sounds- St. Catherines, and Ossabawa, which were a little rough.
We also had to go through a narrow shallow channel called Hell’s Gate, but because we were there a mid- tide, we didn’t have any less than 8 feet of water. Near Isle of Hope I saw this Georgian beach house/mansion.
We arrived at Thunderbolt Marina around noon. We rinsed off the boat, took showers and then went to a near by restaurant for supper. Tomorrow we are going to take a bus into Savannah and do some sightseeing