Creeks, Rivers, Birds & Dodging COVID

Charleston, SC is usually one of our favorite stops, but not so much in this year of COVID, especially as we have encountered less & less precautions the further south we travel.  While we did stop at a marina in Charleston for a few nights, it was more for the essentials, rather than gallivanting around as tourists.  Boring essentials such as having a replacement A/C delivered, our mail sent, buying groceries & donuts!  Well … 3 out of 4  ain’t bad.  A new air conditioner to replace our only-3-year-old one arrived on-time to the marina.  Our mail, however, did not.  A month ago we had our mail sent (from our mail service in Florida) Priority Mail to meet us in Maryland, but it never arrived.  Apparently the package had been torn open en-route with most of our mail individually making it back to Florida.  So planning our arrival in Charleston we had our remaining mail & some new mail sent UPS to our marina.  This time – lost, taken or stolen!  UPS doesn’t care, as they claim it arrived.  The marina doesn’t care, as they accept packages, but don’t keep track of them.  All of our mail from the last 2 months is simply gone, most of it important, such as our U. S. Coast Guard Documentation, Florida absentee ballots & so on.  While we don’t exactly have a hard life, it is sometimes challenging – Thank goodness for donuts!


Otherwise, our trip south has been quite smooth, considering all.  Boat traffic has been light as we have been a week or two ahead of most other boats.  For the first time south in 10 years, we have not had to avoid or adjust our travel for any hurricanes or tropical storms.  Rain has been fairly scarce, severe cold fronts minor & winds mostly lowish.  Funding for & dredging of the ICW has been the best in many years, although dredging can never keep up with all of the silting, especially where the ICW intersects with other rivers, creeks & inlets.  Planning for mileage, tides & currents is an ongoing chore.  Although the combination of our boat requiring only 3′ of water & Navionics SonarCharts we use on our iPad greatly lessen our concerns.  Navionics SonarCharts are enhanced with crowd-sourced depths, rather than relying solely on government obtained depth surveys which could be 1 year, or 80 years old!  This example is of the Brickhill River, a detour off of the ICW in Cumberland Island, Georgia.  If you simply go down the middle, you’ll definitely go hard aground at low tide (which boats routinely do).  But SonarCharts indicates that if you really, really hug the north shore, there is a very narrow band with over 10′!  Not always perfect, but definitely a help!  Not sure how we survived our early cruising years with our state-of-the-art $6,000 Garmin chartplotter – in many difficult areas of shallow water, the screen would show nothing but light blue across the channel without depths or any detail to help!


Some of Charleston has a crazy Key West vibe!
Even though most of the shrimp consumed in the U.S. is imported from overseas, we much rather enjoy Carolina and Georgia shrimp – these guys work hard!
The result of the dredging is deeper water, but the process is not always pleasant.  Even though we nearly bumped the floating pipeline, we were pushed out of the channel into only 5 feet of water.
Lots of great sunsets this year!
We see many eagles, but 2 in the same tree is a treat!
Hard to see, but among these majestic trees with Spanish moss are over 60 large marsh birds including wood storks and …

Not every day you get to see Roseate spoonbills frolicking out your window!  Darn – This may be our view for the next week as our boat insurance doesn’t allow us to travel south of Cumberland Island, Georgia prior to November 1 due to the hurricane season (unless we are granted an exemption).


4 thoughts on “Creeks, Rivers, Birds & Dodging COVID

  1. True, always pleasant to read you and see your pictures.

    Today is the first snow here in Piedmont, Quebec. We expect 3 inches today!

    Quebec snowbirds are discouraged not to cross the border by land because of the COVID. Quebecers having their boat at Lake Champlain, New York, could not cross the border all season long but still paid their dry storage and summer marina!

    Occasionally I look at boats remembering the Bahamas, specially the Exhumas.

    We will put our house for sale in January. If sold, will we buy or rent a home? Maybe buy another boat. Some times I think the Great Lakes could be interesting for 6 months: no salt water, so much less boat washing!

    Our family is well, we know no one having COVID.

    Hope you manage to vote, you guys need a good president!

    Hope to see you again sometime

    Take care


    • Bonjour Jean! So nice to hear from you and very pleased that you and Carole are well.
      We hope your plans after your house sells, include being somewhere where we might cross paths.
      We think of you often and treasure our pleasant moments spent together.
      Be safe and best of luck always. ~Lori


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