Bird Island was a decent anchorage. Not exactly calm, since we bobbed a bit throughout the night, but nothing drastic either. We slept well since we had great holding.
Then we set out to go to Southport. We docked at a restaurant that offers free dockage (so long as you eat there), then took the small hike to see Robert. He's a former looper and has helped us in the past. Seems we inevitably need something on this section of water. This time it was more engine belts. Because, you never know when you're going to need them.
After spending some time with Robert on his front porch (I so regret not taking a picture!), we grabbed lunch at Provision Creek, then fired up the engines and headed up Cape Fear. The wind was up by then but on our stern, so the ride was lovely.
The goal was Wrightsville. We discovered that if you anchor close to the bridge there's a handy dinghy dock nearby. From there we could Uber to Walmart or Costco. That was the plan. However, from Carolina Beach to Wrightsville there were hundreds of little boats zipping by, making the trip intense. They'd come close to us while passing each other, never slowing. Moreover, right as we get into our anchorage there was a small regatta we had to avoid.
Needless to say, by the time we dropped the anchor, around 4 pm, we were pooped and unmotivated to do any shopping.
|Looks like a clue that we're not supposed|
to be here.