Visitors Center to Alligator River

Overnight at the Visitors Center was mostly uneventful. Bruce got up a couple of times to check and things were fust fine. Then, about 6am, we heard a rapping on the boat and discovered that somehow our stern line had come loose and we had drifted out a bit at the stern. We scrambled to resecure the line. No harm, no foul, the problem was discovered soon enough that no damage was done - just some freyed nerves - thank goodness! 

Alas, no one was too mad over the incident. They all smiled for a quick picture early in the morning before a bunch of us headed out for the day. They really were such a nice group of people!

(sorry, it's a  little blurry)

Here is the view as we leave the raft-up.... 2 other boats had left just before we did.

Soon we came upon the South Mills Lock and went through that again - this time in the opposite configuration. Here they lowered the water....

closing the doors....

and letting the water out....

Out\r time in the swamp did not include much in the way of civilization. There is a road off to the right with occasional traffic (going south) but not much else. This is teh only house we have seen so far....

Mostly we saw scenes like this....

and this....

and even this.... (you ge tthe picture...)

Now that we are technically out of the swamp and in the Pasquotank River, things widen out considerably and we start to see signs of people. real people!

We begin the approach into Elizabeth City, NC.

But..... as we approach the place where we are supposed to dock for the night, we discover there is "no room in the inn". We see no clear place for us to put in safely. As we collaborated with our friends on "Toucan", there might have been one slip we could fit but, after last night, we decide we are not up for questionable docking conditions. So, as it is ony noon-ish, and the next stopover is about 3 1/2-4 hours out, we decide to push on to Alligator River. It's a quick crossing of Albemarle Sound, which we have experienced before, so we are ready to just "get it done".

Albemarle Sound is very smooth for most of the time. The waves are small and only surface waves off our port stern, then straight off the stern. Nice and smooth. With about an hour to go, it gets a little rougher, with swells taking form but it is not uncomfortable. It is still a raw, cold and yucky day. Did someone send the SUN away again???? forever???? And, though we are in North Carolina now, it still fells distinctly like winter!

We traverse the continual obstacle course of crab pots in the sound, and finally, come in to the Alligator River Marina. Ah, a nice quiet place to rest. We think we are going to just stay put for an extra day and catch our breath. Its been an intense few days....

There are only 2 sailboats off to the side. We will have the entire face dock all to ourselves (so far). Easy docking to be sure!