Friday, October 19, 2012

Georgetown Landing Marina - at a dock

Mile upon mile of trees to the water - dense undergrowth, alligators?
We left Barefoot Landing Marina intently looking for alligators. We positively knew they were in the area since we saw so many during our boat tour in the spring at Brookgreen Gardens. However, we didn't see a single alligator! Perhaps it's just as well but even so we still aren't about to anchor out in this area with a dog to get ashore in the evening.

Very common - a marker and a nest
As I mentioned before, we had intended to get a dock in Georgetown but this was the weekend for the Wooden Boat Show so we looked around and found a slip at a marina just out of town, Georgetown Landing Marina. It's the home of a fleet of charter fishing  boats. In fact, the South Carolina record marlin was caught by a boat at this marina (see photo).

Largest Marlin ever caught in South Carolina
We're at a dock and the current is running wild. I'm looking at the knot meter and it shows 3.9 kts presently!! Wow, that's some current. I'm glad we're tied up to a dock for the night. I wouldn't care that much otherwise but getting Hoolie ashore in such current is a challenge - not to mention looking for "red eyes" in the dark in an inflatable dinghy that suddenly doesn't feel so secure.

Their proud sign
Saturday we're headed for Awendaw Creek which opens to the ocean so there's plenty of salt water, stuff that alligators aren't supposed to tolerate well, still...