Saturday, November 08, 2008

Anchored in Oriental, NC

After a full day sailing and motoring down the ICW (Intracoastal Waterway) we've stopped in Oriental for the night.  We have some cruiser friends we met in the South Pacific Carol & Steve of Red Sky who have a property here in Oriental so it was fun to see it in person after last viewing it in Australia via Google Earth.

The Intracoastal Waterway is a 4,800-km (3,000-mile) waterway along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States. Some lengths consist of natural inlets, salt-water rivers, bays, and sounds; others are man-made canals.

The waterway runs for most of the length of the Eastern Seaboard, from its unofficial northern terminus at the Manasquan River in New Jersey, where it connects with the Atlantic Ocean at the Manasquan Inlet, to Brownsville, Texas.

ICW Swing Bridge on the Alligator River

ICW Swing Bridge opens on demand for boats transiting the Alligator River

Beautiful fall colors make the Dismal Swamp portion of the ICW a real delight.

Our friends, Dave and Judy, aboard s/v Echo lead the way out of the Dismal Swamp.

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