Homeward Bound–Aprils Fools, but heading North


We left Osprey at 8:15, after saying goodbye to Myles the dock master, Becky and  her dog Emme from Turas.



Back on the  ICW  we went by the Bridge construction, where progress had been made since the last time we passed the site.


Just before reaching Little River swing bridge the skies opened and it poured for about 30 minutes. Near the crab catchers dock where we had gone several weeks ago a Casino boat was docked.


We entered the state of North Carolina at 11:50.   Very soon after we had three dolphins along the port side of the boat, they stayed with us for almost 2 miles and only left because Andy had to slow down for people fishing in the channel.  Here’s a couple pictures of our followers.




We passed through the Shallotte Inlet at 1305 and the Lockwoods Folly Inlet  about a hour later—here’s the view of the Atlantic Ocean from these two inlets.

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Just  after mile marker 325 ( North Carolina actually has  markers), near Holden Beach, we saw these shrimp boats tied up.  Also saw this abandoned fishing boat in the channel.

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We arrived at pipe line canal located at mile 311 and set our anchor at 15:20.    There were 17 other boats at this anchorage, most of which were sailboats.  One of the sailboat is here permanently as only the mast is visible above the waterline.

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We are about 5 miles from the Cape Fear River entrance,  we will follow the Cape Fear River for about 10 miles and then cut back towards the coast on the ICW.  We hope to get past Wrightsville Beach tomorrow, but it will depend on the weather as there is a thunderstorm forecast for later this evening.

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