I had been warned about the Cape Fear River... The wind was 20 to 25 gusting to 30, and the worst part is that it was blowing against the current, creating very large waves, and a very uncomfortable ride. We motor sailed to balance the boat...the wind was from behind us. The stronger the wind was the bigger the waves got. It was fun but a lot of work. The water just churned and rolled. Have you ever opened a washing machine while it was washing clothes? Imagine a giant washer...that was Cape Fear River today. Serenity seems right at home in those conditions. Not so much for the crew...I knew it was getting rough when Shirl put her life jacket on to sit in the cockpit. After a couple of hours we passed Cape Fear Inlet and the water settled down. We continued to motor sail with 10 - 20 knot winds on the beam. The sights along the ICW today were spectacular. Beautiful boats and homes along the waterway. It occurred to me that you see million dollar homes next to homes that are significantly less valuable. But they all have that million dollar view. It would be interesting to know what percentage of the American population lives on the coast,along a waterway, or on a boat. It is just beautiful on the water...a great way to live.
The Cape Fear River was challenging, just as other things have been on this adventure. That is one of the reasons we are here!
For some reason Blogger would only load one picture tonight. I will try to figure the problem out tomorrow.
We passed this boat on the ICW today. I hope to see them again.