Being back here at Osprey Marina in Myrtle Beach is getting to be like being home. We spend a lot of time here for several reasons. The main reason is that it’s close to our daughter’s house. Another, is the people who both dock here and work here, they are some of the nicest people you’d ever want to meet. Plus, being in Myrtle Beach, you have your choice of many, many different restaurants to explore. The crazy thing is though, we haven’t really found a great seafood place here. Most of the seafood here is ” calabash” style, meaning deep fried. And it seems as if every weekend there’s some sort of festival going on. Lots to keep you busy.
The last two runs it took us to get here from Charleston were pretty uneventful, if cold. Since we arrived too late in the afternoon to open the Wapoo Creek bridge, we dropped the hook in the Stono River. The bridge is closed between 4 and 6:30pm and we didn’t feel like waiting that long just to make a couple of more miles north. This put us three miles outside of Charleston Harbor. The next morning the bridge opened at 9am and we planned our departure accordingly. To get to the Wapoo Creek bridge from the Stono River/ ICW you have to go through Elliot’s Cut. The tidal current through this cut can be vicious and some smaller boats can only go through at slack tides because of the current. The current, when we went through was as fast as I had ever seen it, but we were fortunate in that the current was with us.
Once past the bridge it’s a short run and you’re in Charleston Harbor. The only concern here is keeping an eye out for the tour boats to going to Fort Sumter and the container ships coming up and down the channel. Once through the harbor it’s back on the ICW. The next and last place we dropped the hook was South Santee River. It’s just off the ICW and a great spot for still water and solitude. Turns out we had a great sunset on our last night on the hook for a while.
The next day we struggled to maintain five knots speed against the current. That was with both engines running. The weather service had called for minor flooding because of the abnormal high tide and we were feeling the whole effect. The nice thing is that the scenery changed from dry marsh grass to cypress swamps. The cypress swamps in South Carolina are really unique in both their botanical aspects as well as their beauty. Watching the swamp and it’s always changing view helped the day pass a little quicker. The only concern besides the current that day was the bass boats. I finally figured out that there was a tournament going on and that was the reason for the amount of boats on the water. Those things are FAST! I was worry about the blind corners and getting tagged by one. But, wow, they must have been hitting 50-60 mph. Towards the end of the day we managed to hit slack tide and that brought us into Osprey doing about 7 knots. Good enough for me.
We’ll be here for a least a month, maybe more. I have some boat projects, some Genne projects,some blogs to write and Michele always has something working. Sounds like we’ll be busy…