Final push into Savannah

After a long day of the Georgian marshes and the frequent shallow passages they provide we put in for the night at an anchorage at North River. What an incredibly tranquil and peaceful place. There was not a boat or a soul around as far as the eye could see.  

We took this artistic little shot shortly after we set the anchor. The burgee is of the "Kadey-Krogen" logo juxtapositioned perfectly with the moon. 

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And less than an hour later we enjoyed this beautiful sunset.... 

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The next morning we pushed on into Thunderbolt, GA a nearby town to where our daughter lives in Savannah. It was a clear, windy day but we had a real dilemma. Today we had to traverse a particularly shallow section of the ICW called "hell gate", aptly named for its shoaling. The worse part of it was that high tide was approximately at either 3:30am or 3:30pm. 3:30 am was, of course, out of the question because of the dark. 3:30pm was also a problem because our next stop had to be Thunderbolt and that meant we would get in after dark and after the marina staff had left for the day. Docking in an unfamiliar place alone? NO thanks! So.... we went out St Catherine's sound on an approximate 2 hour ocean run which would bypass the trouble area. 

The coastal report claimed that the seas would be 4-6 feet, winds at 25mph NE. Workable plan, right? It was on paper. Alas, NOAH lied. The seas were more 8-9ft. No exaggeration. For the first hour fifteen we chugged along with the swells "on the nose". Definitely rough going. But once we made the turn to come back in at Ossabaw inlet the waves shifted to our starboard stern quarter and we flattened out very comfortably. It was a rough time but mercifully short. It was worth doing but we were glad to have had it behind us. 

Here we are approaching Thunderbolt Marina, the Shipyard side, at the end of a long 10 hour day. 

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And here was our lovely "spot" at the end of the face dock on the regular Marina side. We would enjoy this location for the Thanksgiving holiday until Saturday when we would leave for the return trip north. 

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Thanksgiving dinner was enjoyed by 9 of us plus 2 puppies who loved being on a boat for the first time. We feasted on a very traditional meal. It was a wonder all of us plus all that food didn't sink the boat!

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