Started the day by borrowing the marina van and driving to the Country Kitchen for bacon, eggs and toast. Topped off the 2 gallon fuel tank and got the boat loaded for the next leg of the trip. We had talked about an easy morning and getting a late start, but somehow we had the lines off just after 9 a.m. It is hard to pass up on blue skies and a nice breeze.
Motoring down Bath Creek Bruce got a couple nice photos including the fledgling osprey, above, sitting in a nest of branches and Spanish moss, and the royal tern (with two fish in its beak!) below. Nice job of shooting with a long lens from a moving boat.
With a nice breeze out of the southeast we raised sail near the mouth of the creek, gave a wide berth to the shoals on the eastern side - easily recognized with all the crab pots - and tacked across the Pamlico River on a close reach. Our next waypoint was Goose Creek and the intra-coastal waterway a little over 13 miles to the east.