Lady’s Island, SC – Monday, 4/19
It was a beautiful morning at Possum Point anchorage, but we knew the weather would be catching up to us. The beautiful sunrise revealed the impending rain and we were hoping to stay north of it today.
We left the anchorage just before 8:00 and made our way back to the ICW without issue. We entered the Burnside River which divides Burnside Island and Skidaway Island. This river is lined with huge houses along both shorelines; a definite high-rent district.
The Burnside River turns into the Skidaway River where it meanders around more houses and a continuous “no wake zone”. We passed a few crabbers out in the morning checking their pots and then by the Isle of Hope Marina (where we stayed in 2017).
The Skidaway River turns onto the Wilmington River and shortly thereafter we passed by the Savannah Yacht Club (sorry no good picture due to sun in our face) and the large-boat Thunderbolt Marina and shipyard. From here until we get to the Causton-Bluff-Sam Varnedoe Bridge (still undergoing construction) it is a no-wake zone and slow going. We pass the Hinkley and the Savannah Bend Marinas and the Bonaventure cemetery (made famous in the book “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”) before we could finally go back to our cruising speed.
It was shortly thereafter that we came to the Savannah River and crossed into South Carolina. Fortunately, there were no large ships making passage up or down the river, but we did have to negotiate around the large dredging operation.
For the next hour we continued north on the ICW, winding our way through the curves until we came to the western side of Daufuskie Island and eventually the Calibogue Sound. We passed by Haig Point, where there is a very nice resort area, and is also where the ferry boats bring people from Hilton Head. In January, Denise and her sister Claire ran a half marathon and they had to take this very ferry to the island for the early morning start.
About this time we caught up to another Looper on a Back Cove ’37 (“Cathy Ann”) and enjoyed cruising past Hilton Head with them until they turned off and we continued on. Normally we would stop at Windmill Harbor marina on the north end of the island, but our plans this year are to stop in the Beaufort (SC) area instead, so we pressed on.
We crossed Port Royal Sound and rounded the famous Marine Corp Recruit Depot at Parris Island and eventually passed the city marina in downtown Beaufort. We went under the Woods Memorial Bridge and turned right up Factory Creek to the Lady’s Island Marina; our home for the night.
After we settled the boat and checked in, Mark used the loaner car to do a quick run to Wal-Mart to pick up a few things. As it was only 2 miles away, he was back in no time. Meanwhile, Denise worked on the last blog, and had some communications with clients and family members.
We chose this spot as our friends Vicki & Mack (McGahee) from the Down East Loop in 2019 live here. Last year they sold their boat (“Confetti”) and have now moved into a dirt home on Lady’s Island. We had made previous plans to connect with them, and they graciously invited us to their home for dinner. So Mack picked us up at the marina and drove us back to their home where we had a chance to share stories, including Mack’s adventure walking the Appalachian Trail in 2020. After dinner we walked around their neighborhood and out to their community dock for a great view of the low country marshes in this area. Before long the night was coming to a close and we had to leave. We said good bye and Mack drove us back to the marina and we called it a night.
As Gold Loopers, they now have agreed to be Harbor Hosts for other Loopers coming into the Beaufort area and we know they will do a fantastic job! Thank you Vicki & Mack you are great hosts!