Posted by: yachtanomaly | February 20, 2014

February 16, Last Day in Beaufort

We’ve had a bit of a setback in our plans to sail to the Bahamas from Beaufort. Jon consulted a professional weather service, and although the weather seems to be improving, several fronts passing through are keeping the winds coming from the south. These conditions would make the sail very uncomfortable. So we will have to continue down the coast in hopes the weather will improve.

It certainly was beautiful in Beaufort today. It was bright and sunny which brought out a lot more visitors on the Presidents holiday weekend. I had a nice long walk along the waterfront and then back along Ann street with its neat white historic cottages, I was excited to ID a few birds new to me including the Red-bellied woodpecker and the yellowed-rumped warbler (Myrtle).

We had both lunch and dinner at the Queen Ann’s Revenge where the food was excellent. After lunch, Jon took some time away from his boat projects to walk around the neighborhood with me. He even briefly visited Art Craving, the gallery where I’d stopped and met one of the artists earlier. After dinner, we had a nice chat with our waiter who had been there at lunchtime too. We learned that he grew up in the area and went to school with the manager who was at the bar and is a member of the family that owns the QAR.
Anomaly took on fuel and water and was readied for an early departure.

The animal life here will be missed- the dolphins are surfacing throughout the day, the wild ponies are visible on the island in the evening, and I counted at least 14 black-crowned night herons patrolling the docks at night.

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