Chasing Spring

14 Jun

Chasing Spring, 40 miles per day

We left Stuart Florida in March to begin our run north to Annapolis. Stuart is at statute mile 990 on the ICW.  Annapolis is 141 miles beyond ICW “mile 0” in Portsmouth, VA.  We had 1131 miles to go. As we raised our anchor in Stuart, it was a delightful spring day.  It was sunny, temperature was in the mid-70s.  Nights had been cool but not cold.  We slept with the hatches open.  Ashore, azaleas were in full bloom, the cypress trees were light green with early leaves on every branch. Yellow pine pollen was on every surface.

Four days later we arrived in Saint Augustine at ICW statute mile 778.  It was a lovely spring day with the temperatures in the upper 70s. In Saint Augustine we saw the first wisteria of the spring, Azaleas were in full bloom The Cypress trees were light green with early leaves on every branch. Yellow pine pollen was on every surface.

Another four days brought us to Brunswick Georgia. When we arrived, it was a beautiful spring day with the temperatures in the upper 70s. Azaleas were in full bloom. The cypress trees were light green with early leaves on every branch. In Brunswick we saw wisteria vines climbing the deciduous trees blooming profusely. Yellow pine pollen was on every surface.

Three days later we were in Beaufort SC at ICW statute mile 536. It was a gorgeous spring day in this storied town of gracious homes and mansions along the Beaufort River.  We had sunshine and the temperatures in the upper 70s. Azaleas were in full bloom. The Cypress trees were light green with early leaves on every branch. Wisteria vines climbing arbors in the formal gardens were blooming wildly. Yellow pine pollen was on every surface.

Another two days brought us to Georgetown SC at ICW statute mile 403.  We arrived on a cold afternoon threatening rain. But the following day was our lay day in Georgetown to visit the Rice Museum.  The day dawned a lovely spring morning with the temperatures in the upper 70s. Again, Azaleas were blooming profusely throughout the village.  The cypress trees were light green with early leaves on every branch. Wisteria vines climbing the deciduous trees were blooming in wild abandon.  Yellow pine pollen was on every surface.

Two days later, after a stop in Myrtle Beach, we arrived in Southport NC, ICW statute mile 309.  Despite the strong wind blowing in off the Atlantic, it was a glorious spring day with the temperatures in the upper 70s. Azaleas were in full bloom. The Cypress trees were light green with early leaves on every branch. Yellow pine pollen was on every surface.

Another 5 days brought us to Oriental NC, at ICW statute mile 181. Approaching the town, we were travelling north in Adams Creek Canal enjoying the protection from the sea breeze with temperatures in the upper 70s. Along the shore, azaleas were in full bloom.  Maple trees were starting to leaf. The Cypress trees were light green with early leaves on every branch. Wisteria vines seen here and there climbing up and over trees and telephone poles, blooming profusely. Yellow pine pollen was on every surface. In Oriental itself the azaleas and dog wood trees were at full bloom about the town.

Five days later we arrived at Coinjock, NC. It was a gray spring day with temperatures in the 60s.  Azaleas were in full bloom. The cypress trees were light green with early leaves on every branch.  Maples and oaks were starting to leaf. From the marina docks you could smell the heady aroma of blooming wisteria vines climbing the deciduous trees. Yellow pine pollen was on every surface.

The following day we entered Norfolk VA and passed ICW mile 0. It was a cool spring day with the temperatures in the upper 60s.  We had passed the northern limit of the cypress swamps. But the wisteria was blooming, azaleas were abloom throughout the Waterside District. The oaks and maple trees were well on towards full leaf.  Pine pollen coated every surface.

Four days later we arrived in Annapolis MD.  For our arrival on April 20, mother nature blessed us again with a sunny spring day with the temperatures in the upper 70s. Late April is the best time of year to see Annapolis. The gardens, trees, dogwoods, azaleas are in full bloom on full display in brilliant colors of white, purple, rose, red, yellow orange pink and magenta.  All the trees had bright green leaves, the wisteria is blooming profusely with glorious hanging flowers, and pine pollen coats cars, boats and every exposed surface.

It is said that spring moves north at about 1.5 miles per hour.  If you enjoy the spring weather and spring flower bloom, heading north from Florida at a leisurely pace will keep you in the peak bloom of spring flowers for more than a month.  This year on our trip north, we paced the spring bloom.  We covered 1131 miles in 30 days for an average of 37 miles a day.  So, if anyone asks,  you can tell them that spring moves north at about 40 miles per day.

 

Comments

  1. SAIL the ICW

    Hi Jeff. We actually have continued to move north and are now in Canada. Guess what? The spring flowers are glorious and there is yellow pollen on every surface. Sure glad neither of us have allergies! We have found that cell service and WiFi are much harder to come by here in Canada compared to the US. Some days we do not ever connect to the world! We like this!

  2. SAIL the ICW

    Hi Steve. WE are not Looping. We are snowbirds who move to some place warm in cold weather and move to somewhere cool in the summer. Now in Canada. Very limited cell service! But to answer your question, I think you would be more comfortable Looping in a small trawler rather than in a sailboat with the mast stored on deck.

  3. Steve Franks

    What kind of boat are you looping in? Looking to do the loop and was thinking of doing it in a sailboat, but starting to wonder if a trawler might be better at my age (72). My boating experience since 1974) is all on sailboats under 30 feet on lakes. Never had a motorboat, but as I understand it, one is motoring most of the loop.

  4. Jeffery Stockdale

    Thanks for the article, I feel as if I traveled every mile with you. Wish we had some of the 70 degree temps here today in NE Florida! Thanks again for the article.

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