Ok, I know it is the 4th of January, but good things take time. We are now in Beaufort, North Carolina. That is pronounced “bow-fort” (as in tying a bow) as opposed to Beaufort, SC pronounced Bu-fort (the U is a long U). One should not get these confused. Makes the locals in both places unhappy.
We arrived in Beaufort on Dec 30th after a 5 hour trip. Got settled at the marina and did a quick walk around town. Very cute little town founded in 1709 with lots of that charm still available.
We did a more thorough walk around on New Years Eve and managed to find a nice place to eat breakfast outside. Jim was in heaven as Jim’s favorite meal out is breakfast. New Years Eve, was on the boat. Just us and Shrimp and Grits. The recipe turned out to be amazingly good!
They have lots of maps for walking tours in Beaufort, so we availed ourselves and visited the Old Burying Ground, started the same time as the town. They have an interesting map of the cemetery with stories about various inhabitants. We thought this one of the girl in a barrel of rum was particularly interesting.
Another of my favorites was story of Sarah Gibbs who died in 1792. Her husband Jacob Shepard was a seaman whose ship went to sea but never returned. Presumed dead, Sarah later married Nathanial Gibbs and had a child with him. Several years later, Jacob unexpectedly returned. The two men agreed that Sarah would remain with Nathanial as long as he lived, but upon her death would spend eternity with Jacob. Therefore, the two are buried next to each other in the cemetery.
Wildlife and the Marina
Just 30 short miles as the crow files from New Bern and in closer proximity to the ocean makes a big difference in wildlife. We are now seeing dolphins daily in the sound. There are also plenty of pelicans and cormorants.
The dock master told us there are sometimes otters on the docks in the morning, fishing in the bait tanks, but so far we’ve not seen them.
Views From our Slip
Each marina is a bit different and we’ve been lucky enough to be on a T-heads or flat faces where we have good views of the goings on. There are pluses and minuses and more movement from waves, but more to see.
This area is called the Crystal Coast (every place must have an intriguing name I guess….) Apparently quite touristy in the warm months and pre-Covid.
We are doing well and the kittens are being pretty happy. We continue to work on projects and launched the dinghy today. Yeah! Post projects. Another post with today’s dinghy work and adventures to follow.
Stay safe and health and I wish you a happy, joyous and prosperous new year