After a great evening last night with Dan & Kelly, we decided to extend our stay a few more hours and meet them for coffee and then explore Beaufort and do some much needed shopping in the morning. This is a great town and we can see why it’s been voted Best Small Town in America!! We loved dinner last night at Plaza Mexico on Front Street (the Fajitas and Shrimp Diablo were both great choices). We had coffee at The Bean on the boardwalk. The Bean doubles as The Dockside during the evening. Good spot for morning coffee with an outdoor deck overlooking the water. After coffee, we did some shopping in town. We picked up some Christmas present (yikes…only 8 more Saturday’s until Christmas) and some new sunglasses (Craig lost his earlier in the trip and mine had a scratch the width of the ICW). If you are looking for clothes, shoes or sunglasses, I would recommend Island Outfitters. George Rose is the owner and a very nice guy. Very helpful and knowledgeable about all of the products he carries.
After we made a healthy contribution to the local Beaufort economy we decided to head back to the boat and try to get underway before a system that was developing socked us in for the day.
We pulled out of the slip and started to cross the Beaufort Inlet to get back to the ICW just in time to meet our first 40 knot gusts. We took a a very, very choppy, wind, wet run down to Swansboro, NC.
We had planned to anchor along the north shore, between Casper’s Marina and the state Route 24 Highway Bridge, but the winds were really howling and we thought it might be safer to pull into the marina for the night. We hailed Casper’s on the radio and they were very quick to accommodate us and helped us tie up in consistent 35-40 knot gusts (livin the dream…J).
Casper’s is $1.25 per foot, has a small store with a pretty decent selection of marine supplies and is a short walk to town. The town is cute, a few shops and restaurants. We had dinner at the Saltwater Grille. It was so so.
Is it just me or does anyone else think that cloud is a bit falic…:-)…sorry…got to get my mind out of the gutter…
All in all, we made it approx. 25 NM today. We pulled out of Beaufort at 12:30 and into Swansboro at 5:30. We enjoyed the walk to dinner amongst all the Trick or Treaters and were definitely missing our bunch! Below is a picture of our grandson Landon (Pirate Landon that is), and our daughter Taryn holding her new pumpkin baby Maura.
Lesson’s Learned and Daily Rundown
- Distance traveled – 25 NM – Beaufort, NC M204 to Swansboro, NC M229
- Cast off 12:30 pm and tied up at 5:30 pm
- Sometimes you might be better off to enjoy an entire day and wait out a weather front
- The flipside to that is the more time “on the dock” the more money you spend shopping and eating out (at least we do).