|Ocracoke Lighthouse from our bow|
|Evening in Silver Lake|
|Junie denying back pain|
While Roux and I hung out in front of the clinic under the live oaks trees, I had three people stop and ask me for directions. I'm not sure what that says about my appearance that morning.
Roux has been having a blast. He is a creature of habit buts he learns new routines quickly. He understood pretty fast what 'dinghy ride' meant and how it was to his advantage to cooperate. This is no simple task. Getting a 110 pound Lab with bad hips into a rubber boat from a sailboat at anchor requires some finesse. Although, I doubt that anyone watching found it to be very graceful. But, we make it work. He has enjoyed walking around town. Overall, he is getting more exercise and barking / complaining less than when we are home. Both good things.
So, today was relocation day. We got up early (5:00 am), had coffee, loaded Roux into the dinghy for his morning trip (much earlier than he was ready for) and made preparations to cross the Pamlico Sound east to west. Our destination was River Dunes Marina just north of Oriental. We had heard and read good things about them. They also have some things we need - long hot showers, laundry facilities, water, fuel - and some other things - pool, hot tub.
|Sailing on the Pamlico|
Oh, and one last thing that went well. As we were approaching the marina, I called them on the radio to let them know we were inbound. They asked, 'Do you want to come in bow first or stern?' I said 'stern first'. Remember those new bow thrusters? They worked like a dream. It was a little breezy but we just spun her around, hit reverse, and then pushed the bow wherever we needed it and backed in. A thing of beauty. Small victories.
We will be here at River Dunes for a couple days. This place caters to the ICW transients and there are some big boats here. We probably fall in the lower third, size-wise. But, at least SeaClearly isn't the only sailboat here like she was in Wanchese. Tonight, we are on shore power again. We are taking full advantage of it. Running the AC, all of the lights are on, fans running, battery chargers. All full tilt.We are clean, cool and ready for bed. Now, we just need to get Junie's back healed up. Maybe that hot tub will help:)