A Week in Wrighstville Beach

It’s been a relaxing week in Wrightsville Beach; a nice change of pace from the non-stop work/projects of the last six weeks. Although we are still working on minor projects, our new focus is on weather (our first question when we meet fellow cruisers: where do you get your weather?), navigation, logistics, and anchorages (i.e., where is the best place to drop anchor in Wrightsville Beach?).


Stephane studying our PAPER charts (thank you Dale & Merna!). You can have fifty chart plotters but you still need PAPER charts!!!


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Wrightsville Beach has a beautiful, long, white, sandy beach.


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Our Wrightsville Beach anchorage. Wrightsville Beach is on the left.



Bangs! Stephane’s getting really good at cutting my hair!


Stephane found a sweet little swimming spot just across the way from our anchorage. At low tide the water comes up only to our knees!


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I got some exercise in trying to row the dinghy around.


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We checked out the local history museum. Apparently Wrightsville Beach was THE SPOT back in the day (30s, 40s). There was a big building on the beach (Lumina) where everyone went to dance the night away. Later it was a roller skating rink, a theater, and finally, it was torn down (in the 70s).


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The front of an old trolly car @ the Wrightsville Beach History Museum

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Look! Another FREE LIBRARY! I saw the first one in Oriental. These are so cool! A mini bird-house-type structure with books – you take one, you leave one. Must be a North Carolina thing. Super cool!


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Should we go grab a beer? Oh wait, it’s not even noon yet…


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Flip flop tree.


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He’s a fish!


Some big wind came through yesterday and last night – gusts up to 30+ knots. We were rocking and rolling in Free Range. Today it is cold and still pretty windy. Weather is looking good for a Monday (tomorrow) departure to our next destination: Charleston, SC.


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    • Dad on November 2, 2014 at 10:55 am
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    What a Wonderful start (after all your major hard work) to your adventure!! very nice first stop-over, so happy to see you two are getting some well deserved rest time,!!! Lov the pics !!!! Stephane! you look like a lil mud puppy in the water!! HEEEEEEHEEEEE!!!!! (could’nt resist) i’m so happy for you’s!!!
    All my lov dad….

    1. Hey daddy! We had a blast this past week in Wrightsville Beach! Time to head on now – leaving for Charleston tomorrow!

    • Grandma on November 2, 2014 at 11:30 am
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    Grab a beer ? — Hey, “it’s five oclock somewhere”. (song) Don’t get sunburned!

    1. Love it, Grams! Those are good words to live by when you’re being a tourist in a beach town 🙂 I’ll remember that for next time. Love you!

    • Les Chatham on November 4, 2014 at 8:42 pm
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    Hi S&S,
    It may be close to a miracle, but I finally looked up your blog! I am impressed with your adventurous spirits and the tremendous drive to overcome every obstacle and still have fun in the process. It makes me tired just thinking about it!
    I am proud of you both and will be checking in on your blog again soon.
    Best wishes, Les & Rebecca

    PS – if the emurgunsy kumunicashun system still isn’t working just make out an IT ticket and get it overhauled at the next port of call.

    • Cindy King on November 7, 2014 at 3:20 pm
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    Making me sick, just reading about the wind rocking and rolling you around like that! You both look so, so happy! Super stoked that Stephane is able to keep your fabulous hair maintained. Tell him I LOVE that smile! He’s in Heaven there, isn’t he? You too, I can tell! Miss you both!

    1. Cindy, he’s in absolute heaven! We’re both having a blast! So far so good!!!

    • Cindy King on November 7, 2014 at 3:34 pm
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    Are you going to be heading toward Florida?

    1. Yep! Tomorrow we leave Charleston for Cumberland Island, GA. From there, south to Florida, then on to the Bahamas.

        • Anonymous on November 9, 2014 at 6:29 pm
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        Whoop, whoop!! Be safe, have fun, know that were thinking about you two all the time!!

    • aunt shelley on November 9, 2014 at 11:01 am
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    Except your thumb ouch

    • Tom L on November 9, 2014 at 11:59 am
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    Bahammas: If you get to Columbus Landings, find the plaque that marks the spot where Columbus first landed. Researched and placed by Alan Tappan. Pls take some digi photos. Tom.2028

    • Tom L on November 9, 2014 at 12:02 pm
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    Bahamas: If you get to Columbus Landing, find the plaque that marked the spot where Chris first landed. Researched and placed by Alan Tappan. Pls take some digi pictures for me. My old boss. Tom

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