"Last Visit to the Alligator - April 2004" Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge Travelogue by grandmaR

As we come down the Alligator, two power boats pass and wake us and SEA CHANGE ahead of us and go down to the bridge. The bridge tender calls them on the radio several times to ask them to go through the bridge on the west side. They do not. The second boat goes over on the west side and then circles back to go through the east side.

I called the bridge tender and asked if we were supposed to go through on the west side or on the east side like the two power boats.He responds that we are indeed supposed to go on the west side and they must not listen to their radios. SEA CHANGE said they weren't very polite, and I said "Downright rude". The bridge tender then answered that it was a wonder we were both still afloat. We both went into Alligator River Marina.

We got fuel ($1.24/gal - it would have been $1.14/gal if we'd gotten over 100 gallons) and tied up in our slip after 50.0 sm.

I went over to pay, and got an ice cream cone. Later two guys in a big power boat named LADY HAWKE came in bound for NY state. They'd been offshore from the St. Mary's River to Beaufort NC. Said it took them 3 days. SEA CHANGE had about 5 people on board - they had just bought the boat in Beaufort and were 'delivering' it to Cape Cod.

Still later two guys came in in a big catamaran - they'd been inside the whole way, but of course they have almost no draft so they had no problem. Last a little fin keel sailboat came in and got fuel. Both of the latter two boats didn't go to a slip but tied up on the wall next to the main building. I think it is more expensive there - the regular slips are $1.00/ft.

We found that there is an actual restaurant with menus, cloth napkins and lighthouse models as table decorations and everything called Capt. Charlies. They open mostly on the weekend, but there were enough of us that they opened for us to eat there tonight. It's actually the same menu as for the tables outside, but there's more room to sit in here.

I had the ribeye and Bob had the chicken, and then I had another ice cream.

I went up and did email, and the guys on LADY HAWKE came in to do their laundry. They didn't care that it was only cold water. Bob had a shower, but when the washers filled, he got scalded.

The weather guessers tell us that there are going to be big wind and waves in the Albemarle tomorrow, but that the winds will die off later.

April 28, 2004

Bob got up at the usual time, and we did the best we could to get the weather. Bob says there's more wind out on the river than in the marina. He's concerned because there's apparently a big oil leak and there's some oil in the bilges, so he fools around a bit and finds also a coolant leak.

We start the engine about 8. LADY HAWKE has already left, and SEA CHANGE leaves just before us. The river is slightly choppy. The other monohull in the marina passes us, along with a trawler that has come through the bridge.

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