Manjack to Great Sale

Anchored in north-facing Manjack Lagoon, Spartina began to roll occasionally on random ocean swells. By midnight, the rolling became regular. Swells, from tropical storm Chris off the Carolina Coast, had found us in Abaco. It was mid-July and time to leave the hurricane-prone northern Bahamas. Statistically, July hurricanes seldom occur, but we still had almost … Continue reading Manjack to Great Sale

Alligator River to Adams Creek

By day's end, we'd motor-sailed Spartina 74 miles along the intracoastal waterway (ICW) from Blackwater Creek in Virginia to the lower Alligator River. Under a twilight December sky, I set the anchor in 10 ft. of water just south of Tuckahoe Point. Here we slept soundly all night. At first light the next morning, we … Continue reading Alligator River to Adams Creek

Oystering in South Carolina

I collected oysters today at low tide. The Folly River was flat- no wind at all. A light fog and a misting rain muted the marsh colors to hues of blue and gray. Here near Folly Beach (and most of coastal South Carolina), an ebbing tide exposes our oysters. Cold water tends to plump these … Continue reading Oystering in South Carolina