Freestyle is back and sailing again! For the past month we had stored Freestyle at Bridgeport Marina (across the Nuese River from New Bern), rented a car, and drove to Missouri to see our daughter and grand-daughter. Our grand-daughter, named Summer, is now two years old, and has change so much since we saw her in March. She is into cooking, working in her Mom’s garden, bugs, riding her bike, hiking to and in the creek, horse back riding, playing in the pool, and the list goes on and on. A very busy child.
Turns out (according to Summer) they had a goat living in their furnace. We looked for this goat every day, but never did see it. Our daughter has now reported that the goat went home with Papa (that’s me). Anyone want a goat?
For the last several days, we’ve been cleaning the boat, and completing a long list of projects. We are finally ready to get going on our trip North.
Today, we had 15-20 knot winds fill in about an hour after we left Bridgeton. So, we only sailed about 24-miles to Oriental. Well – maybe it wasn’t just the wind. We were just plain tired after two days of driving, and two days of lots of cleaning and fix-it projects. As we have mentioned before, Oriental is the “Sailing Capital of North Carolina”. The population is less than 900-people, but they claim there are more than 3,000 sailboats in and around the town. I am sure they are right.
This afternoon, we wondered around town a little, had a couple cold beers and a really good burger at the Oriental Marina / Tiki Hut / restaurant / hotel. There was a pretty good crowd there for Happy Hour. The Tiki Hut had put out a serve-yourself chef salad. The restaurant served an excellent burger. The people there were all real friendly, and turned out they were almost all sailors that come here for weeks at a time. There are not a lot of amenities in Oriental. But, what they do have just seems to be laid back and comfortable.