We can’t make these names up! Tooboodoo Creek I’m sure there is a story!
We need a beach day! All work and no play makes for a very boring adventure. Scott started to look at anchor spots and marinas close to the ocean where we could dingy to a beach and enjoy some sun, fun and exercise. We decide on an area near Isle of Palms in South Caroline past Charleston. First we have to there.
We aren’t much into the marina scene so it is tough to decide which anchorage to stay at or which marina we can get our provisions. If you are following us we for advice on great places to stop we sure can tell you all about some great anchorages but when it comes to the marinas or city adventurers that will have to wait until our next time around when we have time to do more stopping.
We left later than usual again at 10:30 from Morningstar Marina to catch the tide of 7 feet when needed. The first thing we noticed was there was much less marshlands, more homes, more boat traffic, and more depth, even at low tide. The sounds are much larger too. The channel meanders through large open spans of water but the boater must follow a winding path through it. Port Royal Sound is very wide with open water and good markers. Be sure to check your winds.
Two cautionary spans of water.
One being the Ashepoo Coosaw cut after Beaufort heading north. Do not attempt this river at anything but mid to high tide. The charts are off in depth as well as Active Captain, Navionics, Waterway Guide. This river we saw depths for large stretches at 8 -9 feet at high tide.
The second is Dawho River. We saw 8-10 feet at almost high tide with a 5.5 tide swing. Do not attempt on anything but a mid to high tide. The north entrance we saw 10 ft depths at high tide.
We have anchored in Toogoodoo Creek prior to Charleston, South Carolina. There is really nothing to do in this anchorage so we played with the camera a bit. Tomorrow we head to Isle of Palms to an anchor spot in search of our illusive beach. The weather is supposed to change by the beginning of the week so we will have to plan accordingly. For now we know a quick thunderstorm for Sunday is a possibility but we’ll be safe and sound in an anchorage by then. The rest of the week is shaping up for more rain but low winds.
Scott checked the sea strainers in the engine and he found several minnows and a live crayfish. We have seen dolphins here, lots of birds and today I was lucky enough to see a very large stingray as we passed through the open waters of one of the sounds. Hurricane Matthew damage is still visible.