We started the day off with yet another amazing sunrise at approx. 7:20 am. I don’t think I will ever get tired of watching the sky break from from night to day. The first lights are amazing and I love watching the sky turn from black to grey to bright pink to blue. These gorgeous sunrises (and the fact that I am up and outside to see them…:-)) are definitely one of the huge gifts of this trip.
Today we crossed the Albemarle Sound (pic above with the bow is as we headed into the sound). According to some of the locals in Coinjock we found out that we would be crossing the sound on one of the calmest days they have seen all year. The Albemarle can be a bit harry with unpredictable conditions and no bail out points along the way if you run into trouble. So definitely would recomend checking the weather before you head out to ensure a safe passage. It is 14 miles across and was like glass for our crossing. Once across the Albemarle Sound, we headed into the Alligator River. We fell quickly back into line with our sailboat convoy from yesterday. I think we are 11 boats total now.
We didn’t see any alligators, but did see lots of stumps and logs. You definitely need to pay attention in this area. From the Alligator River to the Alligator River / Pungo River Canal (approx. 23 nm stretch) and eventually came upon the Pungo River. We had no cell service for most of the afternoon in the Canal.
We anchored in the headwaters of the Pungo River at Mile 127.3. We made a turn to the starboard at Green 23 and found lots of anchorage area. By the time the sun was starting to set 11 boats in total were nestled in the area. The scenery here was absolutely beautiful – very serene and quiet setting.
All in all we traveled 81.6 NM today and had a completely “drama free” day. The territory covered was North Carolina Cut to North River to Albermarle Sound to Alligator River to Alligator River/Pungo River Canal to Pungo River. Tomorrow we plan to head to Beaufort as we are in desperate need of groceries and would like to try and connect with a friend if he is in the area.
Dinner on board this evening was Vegan Taco’s with Fresh Guacamole – recipes below.
Daily Rundown and Lesson’s Learned:
- Cast off at 7:15am, on the hook at 5:15pm
- 81.6 NM traveled
- Coinjock, NC (M 45.9) to the head of the Pungo River (M 127.3)
- Little to no cell service is on most of this stretch so plan accordingly if you are working underway.
- There are also very few places to stop, so plan for a long day.
- Check the weather on the Sound before attempting to cross. If it’s not good, consider hunkering down where you are for an extra day.
- I don’t think there are alligator’s in the Alligator River
- Spent $0 today…the secret to low budget cruising is definitely to stay on the boat! …:-)
Guacamole – This is one of my most requested recipes and definitely one of the easiest things to throw together to spice up a meal or whip up a quick appetizer. Make sure your avocado’s are nice and ripe.
- 2 avocados – smashed
- 1 shallot of ½ of a small onion – minced
- ½ tomato – diced
- Squeeze of lime juice
- Optional – 1 tbls fresh cilantro
Mix everything together and enjoy!!
- 1 package beefless crumbles (I like Trader Joe’s brand the best)
- 1 pepper
- 1 onion
- 1 package taco seasoning
- ¾ c water
Saute the onion and pepper in some EVOO until soft. Add Beefless crumbles and sauté until they start to brown. Add taco seasoning and water. Cook for another 5 minutes or so and serve with all the taco fixings.