We decided to take the ICW to to Beaufort, SC. A small waterfront town that seems to be set up mostly for the tourist trade. High end stores and lots of food establishments dominate the towns main street. Just out of the business district, on the waterfront large plantation type homes dominate. Magnoificant old homes dating back to the early 1800s. The view of the bay is magnificent. Palm trees, massive oaks, marsh grass and a bay full of sail boats make up the perfect picture. We stopped for lunch, not great, and enjoyed the views then walked around town to take in the sights. The next day we went shopping, we had our car so it was easy. Bought more led lights for the boat to conserve power and some groceries for the next few days as we will continue to anchor out. The weather was perfect and calm but still cold at night.
The next day we headed for Hilton Head, SC on the ICW. A short hop of about 18 miles. We anchored in Skull River for the night. We arrived at about 2PM and secured the boat and took Spinny to shore. We also contacted our friends from Battery Park, Sandusky, Oh Wayne and Roseanne who had offered to meet us and let us use their car or take us anywhere we would like. We had great conversation about old times at Battery Park and what everyone was doing now. A really great evening with lovely people. After dinner and drinks we returned back to the boat and made preparations for the trip south tomorrow. Either Savannah or Saint Catherine’s Bay. The weather is supposed to be calm and warm. I should be a great ride on the ocean.