Ooh-rah! / Lady’s Island / Friends

Today we left Windmill Harbor Marina, headed north in Skull Creek past the tip of Hilton Head Island, through the wide-open Port Royal Sound and into the Beaufort River.

Leaving Windmill Harbor’s private lock
Port Royal Sound

Fortunately, winds were low so even at fast-cruising speed Port Royal Sound was not too lumpy.

We passed Parris Island, home of the U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot where about 16,000 Marines pass through boot camp every year. The Parris Island water tower says it well:

Lady’s Island Marina, our home for two nights, is a charming local facility just past the ICW swing bridge and up Factory Creek. Its gift shop with area artists’ work was an unexpected bonus.

Lady’s Island Marina is in sight of the waterfront home of Dan and Bobbie, friends and dock neighbors in Key West who invited us to visit them when we passed through Beaufort.

Dan loaned us his car for the afternoon to do some shopping, and we enjoyed a delightful evening and dinner at their home overlooking the creek and fields of tidal sea grass.

The area’s 8 foot tidal range requires a floating dock with a hinged ramp to the pier.

Today a few more northbound looper boats came into our marina, one at very close range!

On our second and last evening in Beaufort, we shared dinner and stories with world travelers Dan and Bobbie at their favorite local restaurant on the harborfront. Delicious food with good friends!