Isle of Palms - 2016
Nov 14 thru Nov 17
Just a reminder that we are still here at Isle of Palms Marina after our engine seized up along the ICW. At the end of this month we will be towed to Marine Propulsions in Rockville SC where our engine will be replaced. We have rented an (off-season) oceanfront apartment in Folly Beach SC for the month of December and the first half of January.
I spent most of this morning replacing our faulty satellite radio antenna. I originally installed it at the end of September 2015--so, it lasted just over one year (the warranty period). I never would have thought that a sealed antenna would fail. This is the third electronic device that has failed so far on our trip down the ICW--the other two include Maggie's iPhone and my Nikon D300 DSLR camera.
|Shortly after the sun went down as we were waiting for the |
super moon to come up, this palm tree stood out on
the background of rapidly changing colors.
We had selected a spot at the marina where we intended to watch the super moon rise over the homes in Wild Dunes. However, as it came time for the moon to rise (5:50 PM), a barge with two semi's and a front end loader pulled into the area at the Dewees Island ferry dock and completely blocked our view. We quickly scrambled to find another spot but we couldn't find one stable enough for us to take photographs without a tripod.
|The low tide exposes shellfish on the mud banks. At high |
tide, these are completely covered with water. South
Carolina's riverbanks, salt marshes, and
creeks are rich with Eastern Oysters.
|A close up view of the oysters that attach |
themselves to the bulkheads and
pilings around the marina. It
takes three to four years
for them to mature.
Today was a very relaxing day for us, reading, going out for lunch, some biking, and walking on the beach.
|This type of beach access trail is very |
common on Isle of Palms.
|Maggie walks toward the ocean on the |
beach access trail on 51st Avenue.
|The beach near 51st Avenue |
at low tide this afternoon.
|We waited for this moment, when the sun makes its |
magical colors as it sets. I took 66 photographs
over about 20 minutes to get this one
good one. It was worth the effort!
November 17 (Dewees Island)
We were originally scheduled to take our eco tour of Capers Island today but it was cancelled because the tide was too high this morning (no exposed beach at the island)--it was rescheduled for late afternoon tomorrow.
|This sign for the ferry to Dewes Island is just |
next door to Isle of Palms Marina
on 41st Avenue.
|The Dewees Island Ferry Terminal is simple and unassuming |
with palm trees and live oaks providing
cover in the parking lot.
|The ferry to Dewees Island is solely a passenger |
ferry--a private one at that. It is powered
by two large outboard motors.
|This is the south end of Dewees Island. On the right side |
of this image you can see the power lines that feed
the island from Isle of Palms. The ferry
terminal is in the middle of this image.
We are still scheduled to be towed to Rockville SC on November 28 for our re-powering.
|We are replacing our defunct Yanmar 3HMF engine with a |
brand new Yanmar 3YM30AE. The new engine
has a rating of 29 HP at 3200 RPM, very
similar to our old engine.
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