Hi all… We are heading back up to New Bern to re board Blue Horizon.
The plan was to arrive Wednesday and provision the boat before departing Thursday with our ultimate destination of Annapolis, MD in the Chesapeake. Our route will take us through Belhaven, NC, north on the Alligator River to Elizabeth City which is the southern entrance to the Dismal Swamp (more about the Dismal Swamp in a future post). After we traverse the swamp, our next stop will be Norfolk, VA and we will stay there a few days to meet up with the crew of Blue Sky. From Norfolk, we will enter the Chesapeake and make our way up to Annapolis via St. Michaels and the Solomons. If time permits, we will take a side trip up the Potomac River to visit our nations capital. This leg of the journey will take us six weeks to 2 months depending on weather.
Speaking of weather…
Many of you have reached out to us already about the hurricanes that are approaching North Carolina and asking if this could impact our trip. The answer looks more and more like yes, unfortunately. MV Blue Horizon is docked at a wonderful marina in New Bern, NC called New Bern Grand Marina. Right now, the NOAA models show hurricane Florence on a direct path for New Bern.
We will continue to monitor the situation and make necessary arrangements for the impact, doing all we can to safely secure our vessel. We will not enter the area if it is being evacuated or otherwise unsafe to do so. Hurricanes are a ways of life on the coast so we will hope for the best.
We will spend some much needed time with family for the next few days and see what the weather holds in store.
Over the last six weeks we have visited the upper Peninsula of Michigan to scope out some docks that we will want to visit when we reach that part of the trip. It is simply beautiful up there and we are looking forward to the Great Lakes.
As is our annual ritual, we traveled to New York for the US Tennis Open with our friends Chip and Ellen. We always love that trip and commented on how lucky we were this year attending the Open on the only day that was under 85 degrees. Let’s hope our luck continues as far as weather goes. (Fingers Crossed!)
Thanks for keeping up with us and we will keep everyone updated with the latest to see what Florence has in store.