We are now in Charleston, SC after several days of high heat, humidity and thunderstorms. I am weird, I actually like thunderstorms. I like the build-up and then the passing of the storm. I like them even better when our boat is
parked alongside a sail boat with a tall mast!!!
Before we left Florida I did some fishing as you saw on my previous blog (my licence is only good for Florida). This time I caught two fish, both of which were hammerhead sharks. The first one was bigger than the second but got away before Gary could take a photo (a likely fish story my Mum said). The one that got its photo taken weighed about a 1lb and because the fish is on the prohibited catch list I could not keep it. Anyway, before I could get my hands on it, it chewed through my fishing twine and escaped without as much as saying au revoir!!
We passed several shrimp boats. One with its nets down fishing and the other returning home with its catch. The second one had many birds on its mast and lines just waiting for the fishermen to unload their catch.
We also passed a flying flock of white pelicans. They are not as prolific in this area as the brown pelican so it was real nice to see them.
Despite the thunderstorms, we had a good journey from St Augustine to Charleston. We broke the journey by staying a night in Beaufort (pronounced
Be You Fort) , SC. The Manager in charge of the Marina was most pleasant. She suggested places to visit and where to eat. We started by having a walking tour of Beaufort in temps in the low 90s. Luckily, the old ante bellum homes were situated on lovely streets with overhanging branches to give lots of shade. The homes were nice to see and many had wonderful gardens. Gary and I took frequent rests due to the heat. At one bench, Gary spotted a huge live oak tree and asked me to take his photo underneath it. I obliged as an obedient wife should!!!!
We left Beaufort after a very nice stay and proceeded on to Charleston. South Carolina has huge tides and we again entered the area where 8-9ft tides existed. Many people had to build piers over 500 feet long just so that their boats did not end up on dry land like the one in the photo did.
We had cloudy skies due to the thunderstorms and at one time could not tell where the sky ended and the water began.
The next photo is of a ship in dry dock being repaired. I was impressed with the way the shipped had been "wrapped" to prevent the dust particles, paint etc from escaping into the air.
The boat below I think was the equivalent of the "Ka" (that half a car"). It would certainly make docking the boat easier being as small as it was.
Kingston Rover Loop Map