Cold, grey and drizzly today. I wanted to brighten my day so I dug out this photo from last September. I was tacking out of Caffee Bay, a well protected spot with some nice fishing, tucked behind Marsh Island in the Swan Quarter National Wildlife Refuge. Wind was light that morning. I tacked out across Swan Quarter Bay. The wind dropped to almost nothing and I considered motoring through the channel between Swan Quarter Island and Judith Island. Very marshy area and I bet some good fishing in there. But the wind kicked up about 10 a.m. and I flew across the mouth of the Pamlico River - dodging a small fleet of shrimp boats - and anchored for a very pleasant afternoon in Mouse Harbor. We should pass through some of these same waters, and maybe do a little fishing behind Swan Quarter Island, in May.
I did get an email from Bruce today. He had looked over the proposed route and thought it was a nice way to go. He's also been checking on potential menu items. He mentioned the possibility of prepared meals in sealed bags, plus a camp stew made with vegetables and tinned beef. Sounds great. We are also looking at some Oriental sauces - I've seen some boxes at the grocery story with noodles and sauces, just add the shrimp, beef or whatever to make it a meal. So we'll explore those options more as time goes on. Soon we'll make a list of days and start building menus. This is half the fun of a trip - making plans.