We bought a new digital camera, a Canon Elph S100, in Norfolk, so these pictures are south of Norfolk. Most of these pics were taken at 1600x1200 pixels; undersampled to 400x300; then compressed as jpeg files. A few had some color adjustments.

When we get a chance to scan our film pics from Maine and the Chesapeake, we'll add them.

Trip Log
Florida Pics

For Family Only

We enter the Waterway in Norfolk, and take the Dismal Swamp Canal route. This is a bit slower, but more scenic than the regular route. This sign is at the first lock, at the beginning of the canal.

Cousin Jack tends a line while Amelia and Baby bark out commands to the locktender.


MoonShadow ahead of us in the lock. Note the turbulence. Actually, these locks are much easier to negotiate than the Erie Canal locks.

The obligatory shot down the canal. Its 24 miles of this, with the occasional branch or log to keep you awake. We brush the trees a few time dodging debris.

After a second lock, the waterway joins the Pasquatank River, which is more scenic than the Canal, because the banks are a cypress swamp. The clumps in the trees are mistletoe. Much of the waterway looks like this until we get in the rice country around Georgetown, S.C.

Amelia makes a friend in Elizabeth City. We meet up with Meghan (and her brothers and parents on Moonraker) again in Beaufort NC, Myrtle Beach SC, Charleston, and. Hilton Head.

Three families, with 8 kids, dinghy over to a small Outer Banks island across from Beaufort, NC. The island has dunes, beach and wild horses. Here, Amelia explores with Meghan. When it comes time to go home, the engine on Moonraker's dink won't start, so we get a tow from Towboat/US!

Amelia thanks the mules for giving us a carriage tour to the Charleston, SC historical district.

We went the the Middleton Plantation outside of Charleston, which has the oldest formal gardens in the country. Can you believe this is one tree? That's Mia in her princess outfit in the foreground. This live oak was old when the gardens were laid out.

More of the gardens. The hill in the left foreground is "Azalea Hill," apparently more impressive in the Spring! (This is about Dec 1!)

Amelia gets guidance on decorating a bowl at Natalie's Workshop. Natalie was a producer and host of the TV show "Gullah Gullah Island." Her workshop is on St. Helena Island - one of the Sea Islands where Gullah is spoken.

A bird gets a drink from a fountain at the Savannah waterfront.

At Dataw Island, near Beaufort, we wait out a blow. A major cold front came through, and the wind built to 35 to 45 knots, with gusts to 55! Some of the boats in the marina had a bouncy day, but we had an easy ride on Loki. The day before, we saw a mink walking on this dock! It went right past Loki and jumped in the water.

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