MM353.7--Barefoot Landing SC-Georgetown, South Carolina
Barefoot Landing Marina SC – or (Myrtle Beach). Nice marina, fairly new, easy in and easy out right on the ICW. Plugged in and ran the heater all night; very toasty, felt good to get up to warm room (funny the things we take for granted). Guy emptied the trash, a quick hose-down for Harmony, and fuel for Harmony (she needs fuel also). I made sticky buns for the crew’s breakfast.
A few bridges we passed under and we were in the Waccamaw River at MM375, one of the loveliest areas we have passed thru. Not much in the way of civilization, with turtles sunning themselves on the rocks along the banks of the canal. Before the Civil War, rice fields covered mile after mile of marshes along the waterway. Using slave labor, the land was cleared, partitioned by dikes and the water level managed by a system of wooden floodgates. These fields fueled the prosperity of the large coastal Plantations, with over half of the nation’s rice crop produced in South Carolina.
Spanish Moss hangs in the trees along the canal and makes everything look so lazy and beautiful. We pulled into Georgetown at low tide and experienced some low spots but once we were in the harbor we were fine; anchored about 3PM. Did a 50 mile day, decided we have been pushing too hard and should slow down a bit. Anchored twice and settled down for a beer and dinner of beef stew, baked bread and yes there are only 2 cookies left for the boys tomorrow night.