Monday – August 19th: Gum Neck on the Alligator River, NC

Heading into Gum Neck

Heading into Gum Neck

You are probably thinking I am just fabricating the names of these places, but honest, this place is called Gum Neck. Near the entrance to the Alligator, we passed by a place called Goat Neck. A North Carolina State map we picked up actually shows a settlement named Gum Neck. But, we never saw any signs of what one might call a settlement.

Our 50-mile run down here from Coinjock was quite uneventful. As the Alligator starts narrowing, the ICW cuts South on the Alligator-Pungo Canal. But in one of our guides I’d found a comment that you “might” be able to find a small boat ramp just a few miles further down the Alligator. Remember, Annie needs to go ashore once in awhile. Her boat grass only works for liquids. For more details, you will need to discuss with her. Dad (that’s me) came through as usual. As you can tell from the pictures, someone has placed markers at the entrance to a creek. About a quarter mile in, we found a small ramp with a small dock. Perfect for a small dog! No issues here except I think I keep hearing banjo music off in the distance. That can’t be, because there’s even an asphalt road. A ways up that road we find a corn field. Could we be in Kansas now?

We spent a very peaceful night anchored about 50-yards off Gum Neck Creek. No ticks on the cell phone, no lights anywhere, no traffic sounds. We’ve seen no people. Just the moon, the stars, and the occasional lights from a plane. Another glass of wine my dear?

 

A Perfect Little Boat Ramp

A Perfect Little Boat Ramp

 

Do I Hear Banjo Music?

Do I Hear Banjo Music?

 

 

 

A Corn Field in the Middle of a Swamp?

A Corn Field in the Middle of a Swamp?

 

A Survey Marker Dated 1796 - Middle of the Creek

A Survey Marker Dated 1796 – Middle of the Creek

 

Our Private Anchorage in a Different World

Our Private Anchorage in a Different World

 

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