Sunday, June 8, 2008
The Water Tower Welcoming Us to Rock Hall
"Island Hopper's" Summer Berth, Haven Harbour Marina
Haven Harbour's Reception and Grill in the Background
After getting the boat settled we we explored Haven Harbour Marina.(http://www.havenharbour.com/) We were pleased with the facilities. With the heat and the lack of a car, we ate aboard. We are looking forward to getting a car tomorrow and exploring Rock Hall.
Friday, June 6, 2008
A Waterfront Home On St. Michaels
A Bascule Bridge at the Maritime Museum
Buildings in the Maritime Museum
Island Hopper Docked at Harbour Inn Marina
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Debbie's Favorite House on Solomons Island
We walked into the town, which turned out to be a round trip walk of about 4 miles. The town is quaint and small with a couple dozen restaurants and bars and a few shops filled with tourist items. We stopped at the grocery store on the way back and bought fresh shrimps, salmon, asparagus and curry couscous for dinner back on the boat. It was a quiet and relaxing evening.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
The Marina Across The Water
Monday, June 2, 2008
Debbie in front of the local shoe store
The crab artwork created by local artists and businesses
displayed throughout the town
A Beautiful Harbor It's pretty obvious how Belhaven got its name: the translation is "beautiful harbor." Rich with old forests and clear streams, it was originally called Jack's Neck in the late 19th century when it was a farming and fishing village. The first house in the area was built in 1868 on the site where the River Forest Manor now stands. The structure was used chiefly as a hunting and fishing camp, which is why so many people have come to Belhaven over the years. In 1899, lumber and railroad baron John A. Wilkinson constructed a Victorian mansion here, home now to the River Forest Manor, which still draws visiting yachtsmen. The hurricanes of the late 1990s brought flooding to the town, so many Belhaven houses had their foundation walls raised in hopes of avoiding another disaster.
A newly constructed home
A Beautiful Sunset in Belhaven
Sunday, June 1, 2008
We departed the dock at 6:50 AM so we could get to the Surf City Bridge for the 9:00 AM opening. This bridge only opens on the hour. The trip on the inside is ruled by the tides and bridges. Skies are clear and sunny with temperatures in the mid 80's. Winds are SW 10-15. We will be traveling the entire trip (80 miles) to Beaufort, NC on the inside due to a small craft advisory in the Atlantic.
A Giraffe in a Backyard on the ICW
A Wooden Kayak = Justin Flamm would like this one!!!
A Wooden Boatbuilder in Beaufort
Little has changed since the days of the late 19th century when Beaufort was a resort town. It remains a protected stop for the transient boater and a perfect jumping off point for other Atlantic destinations. Beaufort ( pronounced Bo-Fert) is North Carolina's third-oldest town. Named for Henry Somerset, Duke of Beaufort, this port has been a fishing village since the 1600s. By the early1700s so much shipping traffic used the harbor that it was designed a seaport, and a customs office was erected. Although Beaufort did not escape the hardships of the Civil War, it avoided much of the physical damage. On April 25, 1862, Union troops seized Fort Macon, while the residents of Beaufort watched from the waterfront and their porches. The town grew accustomed to the northern visitors to the extent that many Beaufort women married Federal soldiers. Visitors are still welcomed with open arms these days.
Things To See and Do
Shops and restaurants run along Front Street, just a few feet from the town docks. The streets are the way they were originally laid out in 1713. The boater-friendly layout of Beaufort's waterfront requires minimal walking to find a meal. We arrived at theat Beaufort Docks at 1:55 PM and received our directions for docking. Beaufort Docks has 98 berths are open for transients. It is a full service marina located directly on the waterfront in town. After getting the boat docked in the wind and stong current we walked to the Boardwalk Cafe and had awesome Black & Blue Burgers. We then used the marina car and went to the local Piggly Wiggly for groceries. We may ship this car home and sell the Mercedes and BMWs. The only thing missing was having Tate the "Bird Dog" sitting between us in the front seat.
We later walked through the town. It is a cute small town with shops, restaurants and a few businesses. Many of the shops were closed because it is Sunday. Tonight we went into the town for a lite dinner at the Beaufort Grocery Co. Today was another great day on the water.