There is "weather" brewing over the Bahamas which is making for some pretty rough seas in the Atlantic. For this reason we decided against our plan to do 10 hours outside to Beaufort. Instead we motored the ICW from Wrightsville Beach to Swansboro.
We covered 55 miles, and had a very calm trip. Our course took us through a military zone around Camp Lejuene. That was interesting. We lost cell phone coverage, there were signs all along shore warning that you were NOT to come ashore, and we saw a huge helicopter doing practice take off and landing runs.
After a fairly long day we anchored in a fairly choppy little anchorage in Swansboro. There was a free dinghy dock, so Andy went ashore looking for beer and dinner. While he was off on his adventure a storm rolled in. I saw it coming and 'battened down the hatches', so we were fine on the boat. Unfortunately Andy got caught in the downpour! He ended up hitch-hiking to and from the store because it was a fair distance. He was very grateful to the nice young couple who gave him a ride back, drenched as he was.
We enjoyed the rest of a quiet evening on the boat and got to bed early.