Another apology for not keeping the Ship’s Log up to date. We have hundreds of photographs and hours of video footage to sort through, and we will. Expect some new posts and more website updates soon.
Claire and I (plus our kitties) spent the month of May traversing the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway departing from Clear Lake, Texas. We averaged about 40 miles per day, only sailing by daylight on this particular voyage. A total of over 700 miles in about 4 weeks.
We had never sailed within the coast. Skeptic at first about this journey, we decided to start out in the GICW and see how we liked it. It turned out to be greater than we had thought.
After a few days of getting used to the giant tug boats, barges, lock systems, and lift bridges; we decided to continue towards the Mississippi within land. It was worth the compromise against the SouthEast head winds of the open Gulf. Also, this path provided more comfortable options of waterways and safe anchorages with the big thunderstorm fronts happening this time of year. Being within the coast gave us that little extra bit of protection that we would not have gotten by traveling the open Gulf.
Another notch in our cruising belt, and a lot of new ‘firsts’ for us happened along the bayous of the Gulf Coast. From the abundant nature and wildlife, to the small fishing villages and unique waterways, seclusion at its finest can still be found.
At present, all the crew members of Splendid Isolation are on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Driving up the coast the second week of June for a short trip. Cleaning up ship, we unloaded a few containers worth of piled up gear off the sailboat. Drove that up to leave in North Carolina while we visit with family, celebrate quite a few events, enjoy the water, and make a little money picking up odd-jobs.
Returning to Splendid Isolation in Perdido Key, Florida after our celebration of Independance Day our voyage will continue south-eastward. In prospect, for the month of July comes about 400 miles of Florida Gulfcoast.