|Inviting porch on Ann Street in Beaufort|
|It's always windy in Beaufort, NC|
Beaufort is a good stop to provision and do laundry and it had been ten days since our last stop at our friends Bob and Pat's house. I called the Town Creek Marina in Beaufort for reservations because it was within dinghying distance to town and one of the more reasonably priced marinas. One slip was available but, its location and approach into the slip were less than desirable for a full keeled boat like Simple Life. She has limited maneuverability and no bow thrusters. I asked the person with whom I was speaking if a couple of dock hands could assist us upon arrival and she assured me that she'd make a note of my request. When we arrived at Town Creek the next morning we hailed the marina on the VHF radio for instructions to our slip. A young woman was positioned on the dock waving us in toward an inside slip. When you're already stressed trying to plan the approach into tight quarters with pilings that need stern lines secured and the only available dock hand is texting! Needless to say I used my daily allotment of swears and curses that began with the letter F. Somehow Simple Life was secured by Joe who was running around deck like a monkey in a room full of typewriters. The dock hand did manage to hold onto one bow line while messaging with the other.
|Pumpkins for sale|
|Volunteers building sailing skiff at the Maritime Museum|
|Ship in a bottle builder at the Maritime Museum|
|Touring the Old Burying Ground|
Another of my favorite things to do in Beaufort is visiting the Old Burying Ground (established in 1709) on Ann St. To some this may sound a bit macabre but, it's such a peaceful way to spend an afternoon. Apparently, others appreciate its charms, too. Large live oak trees, strangled by overgrown wisteria vines and large elms emitted dappled sunlit areas of this historic site. Sounds of whispering wind in the trees and leaves crunched underfoot as we meandered through the natural pathways leading from one gravesite to another. The visitor center offered maps for self guided tours and we found it a relaxing way to top off an afternoon in Beaufort.
|Gravestone design inspired by the gate to heaven|
After enjoying a special day we returned to the boat for our own "happy hour special" and hoisted the dingy onto davits for departure the next morning and before the sun set. Even with the less than ideal docking experience the previous day, Beaufort remains on my list of best historic towns on the Atlantic seaboard. There's a vibe that's not easily explained but, one that must be experienced to understand. We'll definitely make this a stop during our northern migration but, maybe we'll anchor out next time.
|Sunrise in Beaufort, North Carolina|