|Snippets October 2009|
|Thursday October 29, 2009 Beaufort, NC N 34°43.5' W 76°39.8'|
Jack here again...
Bob here again...anchored north of Beaufort, NC; preparing for an offshore voyage...from here to the Bahamas...about 600 nautical miles plus crossing the Gulf Stream.
|the Great Dismal Swamp Canal...|
|Monday October 19, 2009 Bellhaven, NC N 35°32.2' W 76°37.6'|
Jake here. Jake de hound dawg...
and de year be 1861; yep...March 1861. The boss man sez 'der gonna be war 'cause the new president Mr.Lincoln promises to free all 'n us slaves...and suren 'n hell; North Carolina white folk ain't goin' to allow 'dat. We bin livin' here at Feeder's Cut for generations 'cause ole George Washington (now ded) put lots' n'us here to dig 'dem dam canals. The Mrs'. folks built Wilkins Lock with junip'r trees; but it dun rotted 20 years back, 'bout when her maw 'n pappy both died with 'sumption, so she muved down here to be with Will...or as I call him...BTW (Big Tough Will 'cause he ain't 'fraid a nuthin'). Will ain't strong, but he be the best'n fast'st man makin' dem cypress shingles with 'is broad axe and shingle shave.
Yep...all on 'count of Lake Drummond and the Dismal Swamp been thick with cypress trees, juniper trees, 'n mistletoe gum trees...but it mostly be the cypress thez after.
Here de map showin' where we duz live and dat mean ole swamp...
...but also now, there be lots of escaped slaves from way down south runnin' thru here on the 'Underground Railroad' towards the free North... .
Bob here...and the date is October, 2009 as we slide down one of America's most serene placid and bucolic waterways...the Great Dismal Swamp Canal.
Jack's been all over the place...could be the aroma of swamp scents from shore but 10' off either side, where a low canopy camafloges abundant critters ; but Jack also keeps peering over the edge, deep into the 6' canal...
as though he hears generations of hounds and folks that lived their entire lives here in slavery, building the canal, side cuts, and many scattered locks...once numbering 7 in total...now just 2 at both ends...once made of wood (which rotted); then stone (which collapsed); and now steel.
|Hey man, just don't go there...|
|Saturday October 17, 2009 Elizabeth City, NC N 36°17.8' W 76° 13.0'|
Yep, Jack the Jack Russell, along with the Mrs. and BTW (Bob The Whacko)…coastal floating towards warmer weather. I’ve seen some amazing sights for a Maine back woods hound…a 3 mile expanse of soft sand beach carpeting by one legged gulls standing in military formation facing the wind; that is until I, the Jack, brought them to flight with a dash towards their center. Some amazing scents… that bloated beached bellied up fish designed to lacquer my scruff, until BTW pulled me off mumbling “#!%@?&# dawg!”.
Bob here, known to Jack as BTW…
|Thursday October 8, 2009 off the New Jersey coast N 40°20' W 73°56'|
Jack here again...
Finally the Mrs. is back on board...now my 'needs' are better met...
So much better than what BTW (Bob the Whacko) would dole out in his Scrouge manifesto. He wants to talk about 'history within the townships we pass'; while the Mrs. shows pictures of the new wood pile at home. She contracted for 2 cords of split, dry, delivered hardwood for the winter stove. (If BTW had any energy working but part time, he might have done the cutting 'n slitting himself...but historically he's only good with lighting matches). Usually the wood comes delivered by a small dump truck...dumped beside the house whereupon BTW and the Mrs. would hand carry and stack the sticks in the garage; but this year her source was a 'ole codger with only a small pickup holding 1/3 a cord....so he over 6 trips, he simply backed the truck into the empty garage and unloaded the wood sticks right there...no fuss, no moving from an outdoor pile...brilliant!
Bob here again..
Newport: a major center of pirate activity during the late 17th and early 18th centuries. The most famous pirate based out of Newport was Thomas Tew...so popular with the locals; after one of his pirating voyages, it was reported that almost the whole town came out to greet him.
Branford: in the mid 1800s, a most popular resort with >20 large hotels; 1974---first US hospice. 95% white 1% black 2% hispanic (2006 census)
So there you have it...
|Saturday October 3, 2009 Newport, Rhode Island 41°28.5'N 71°20'W|
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