Two days on the ICW and we’ve made it to Southport, NC. This makes the 8th state we have visited on this trip. We stopped last night in south Myrtle Beach at Barefoot Marina- meeting some great folks on the dock! The last two days we’ve had overcast weather, gentle rains and hardly any wind. The scenery has been beautiful and ever changing as we move north. I tried to take plenty of photos to show the range of views . . . I love it out here.
This afternoon we came into Southport, NC. This is another old port town with plenty of charm and hospitality. The Provision Company has a free floating dock with room for two 40′ boats. You can stay free overnight with the provision that you have a meal in the restaurant. Done. The food was good, with a laid back atmosphere and an honor system with drinks from the cooler.
When we arrived we walked around town and straight into the filming of a movie . . . oops. None of us were on film, but was funny when we went to check out the local fair. This seems like a neat town to visit, especially if you have access to a boat to take you to the many surrounding islands and beaches. The Cape Fear Inlet is NC’s first easily navigable inlet from the south and offers plenty to see. The homes date from the late 1700s, but most are 1800 and 1900.
Tomorrow we’ll head for an anchorage at Wrightsville Beach and hope to actually get some beach time in. We should make it to the Moorehead City and Beaufort areas in a few days. We will continue on the ICW for the rest of the way north, then if weather and wind cooperate we will use the Beaufort Inlet as a jumping point to head outside back down to Charleston, then Savannah, etc. We can’t wait to see all the NC has to show us!