We took off from Hidden Harbor Marina in the heart of downtown, St Augustine, for our trip north up the east coast for hurricane season. I was fully stoked to finally be tossing off the dock lines, heading out cruising and exploring new places.
The trip started out simple enough with a fill up at the St. Augustine City Marina and then out the inlet to be met by 2 foot rollers. We had a nice beam reach until sunset when passing St. Mary’s inlet. The wind died down and we drifted north for a few hours in rolling 4 ft. waves. Finally, the decision was made to start the engine and head further north looking for a fresh breeze.
I stayed awake all night on watch while M.E. and Adrian tried to get a few hours of sleep here and there. Sunrise finally came and with it a nice breeze from the Southeast. The decision was made to head in at Port Royal Sound and up to Beaufort, South Carolina for the night.
It was a long trip up the sound to Beaufort but well worth it for the easy anchorage and small town vibe. The town was pretty quiet with only a few people stirring around until we stumbled across Hemingway’s Bar. Tucked in the basement of an old waterfront building it was quite interesting. I would say a must stop if your looking for a good laugh or two. Moe the bartender and Dick, a bar regular, were the only two people in the place and for some reason I think they were the only two people there for quite a long time. Moe entertained us with her small town stories about Beaufort such as the time the cops maced hundreds of teenagers at a teen night during the annual event, Waterfest and explained why they don’t have reggae day anymore because of the several stabbings. I think the icing on the cake was how she described a local Jimmy Buffet cover band as making you want to repeatedly stab your inner eardrum. Ahh the vibes of a small town. Needless to say it was entertaing enough for two beers and then back to the boat to crash out for the night. Good Times!