Time is short! Bob and I are rapidly approaching our last week onboard Pandora– not only the last week of this sailing season, but the last week we may ever sail on her. We are delivering her to a broker in New Bern, NC, tomorrow, and after that we’ll spend a week unloading 8 years of provisions we’ve put onboard– and we’ll do all we can to clean and polish her to a gleaming state so that someone else might want her as much as we did just a few short years ago. We have enjoyed our time on her!
We have just spent a couple of days at Cape Lookout, a spot we have not visited before. What a gem! I think it is considered the most violent bit of sand and sea along the East Coast of the US, but it may also hold the record for the most violent bit of geography on the Atlantic. Not certain about that—but I intend to look into it. Our photos tell a different story–peaceful and serene.
At anchor in the bight at Cape Lookout….
The lighthouse at Cape Lookout at sunset. The light flahses for one second every 15 seconds, and Bob managed to get it!–you have to have great eyesight to see that tiny point of light in this photo!
There is fabulous shelling on the beaches at Cape Lookout, both on the ocean side and in the bight. Amazing. We collected quite a trove of great shells.
These shore birds, which I can’t identify positively (they might be a type of tern–Caspian? Forster?) really scolded me for invading their territory. I am always impressed at how fearless most birds are. En masse these guys were determined to get me off their bit of beach!
After many attempts to catch dolphins on camera–since we see them everyday–Bob caught this one! I hear that loggerheads come here to spawn, and that should happen pretty soon.
Tomorrow we head back out into the Atlantic for a few miles, then into the ICW near Beaufort. If we time the tide right we’ll be in Oriental before the end of the day. By Friday morning we’ll head up the Neuse River and be in New Bern by afternoon. And then the chores begin taking down everything that has been our winter home for a few years now. End of an era….