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Our first week of "The Loop"
By Elizabeth Jackson
Posted on 4/16/2018 3:35 PM
 We left our slip at Windmill Harbour on Hilton Head at 1pm in 56 degree and cloudy weather.  We had a warm send off by some great friends and family.
We only traveled 2 1/2 hours to our favorite (so far!) east coast marina, Beaufort Downtown Marina. Elizabeth's sister, Cheryl, was there to meet us upon arrival. (She had stayed with us for a week prior to departure, and was on her way back to Knoxville. We convinced her to spend one last night aboard in Beaufort.) We ate a casual dinner at Luther's on the riverfront.

Day two: Departed Beaufort, SC 730am for our 7 hour trip to St. Johns Yacht Harbor near Charleston. 56 degrees and windy, so it seemed like ALOT longer. Our first "B'looper" is that our navigation system decided to go on vacation as well. Thank goodness for a boat named "Miss Grace" (aptly named") that let us follow her the whole way. Amazingly enough, we found a great guy to come work on the electronics at 830pm. Got us going enough to go to our next destination.

Day Three: Left St. Johns at noon and arrived Isle of Palms at 230pm. Dogs were so happy because there was a beautiful beach several blocks away,so they could run free once again! Our electronic guy came back again to help us!

Day Four: Left Isle of Palms at 9a and arrived Georgetown 330p. Elizabeth got her first experience having a commerical vessel hail her on the radio as she planned to take the channel down to the marina.  The Capt. on the tug, "Eliza Lucas", could not have been more helpful in guiding us into the channel approaching Georgetown.  What a great, charming place! Such a quaint town with more than 100 homes on the historic register.  We docked at Harborwalk Marina which is right in the heart of town, with so many great shops and restaurants. 

Day Five: We got to finally meet fellow loopers aboard M/V Meraki that we have been communicating with for several months.  What an exquisite boat Meraki is! Plus, Allie ang Jim were so helpful sharing their looper experiences thus far.
Craig went to West Marine for a chip upgrade to our navigation, while Elizabeth walked 3 miles to the Piggly Wiggly. She was so glad for the exercise. Traveled to Osprey Marina near Myrtle Beach.  So far, the trip to Osprey on the Waccamaw River has been the most beautiful. Osprey nesting on most channel markers.  We were told turtles would meet us upon our arrival at Osprey, and sure enough they were swimming around our boat looking for handouts.

Day 6: A wonderful looper at Osprey Marina offered the use of their old BMW so we could visit Brookgreen Gardens. The gardens have been on my bucket list for a long time. The sculpture gardens are so beautiful.  (I am leaving it to my photographs along the way to do justice to all the great things we see and do, since I am a photographer not a writer! Our B'looper for today was when Elizabeth took the long awaited shower aboard, and just as she was totally shampooed up-the water ran out!! Wait a minute, we had just filled the tank this morning! So Craig proceeded to change the pump, but that wasn't the answer. I noticed some water dripping down from deck above, and alas, the water tank was drained dry because of that leaky faucet! I am such a boat wizard-ha!

Day 7: Left Osprey to Barefoot Marina near Myrtle Beach. Upon arrival there must have been 4 loopers plus dock hands to help us dock. Plus, a very generous boater fixed our dinghy's dead motor. (for free no less!) B'looper of the day was when Elizabeth wanted to pay it forward with a plate of brownies. Having only baked a few times onboard, it was a challenge. After they were halfway cooked, she remembered she forgot to add the egg! Scratch that batch! Round two was a success.

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