We spent a couple of nights in Belhaven at Dowry Creek Marina.
It was a nice surprise.
A fancy dinner.
They are even building a restaurant onsite.
We are already looking forward to going back.
We took off right before 8 a.m. and the water was great.
We are now on the Alligator River so I am keeping a watch out.
I need to see some gators!
This particular cruise was relaxing and surprisingly cooler than the days before.
In the middle of July that is rare and welcome.
No alligator siting yet but I did notice that the water is a beautiful coffee brown.
I did not expect when we started the loop, just how many different water colors we would see.
Or just how many different bridges we would be traveling under.
It has truly been incredible passing through all these different parts of the country.
We are getting close to finishing and I think I’m getting a little nostalgic.
After traveling slowly down the narrow part of the Alligator River, when it opened up, so did we.
I enjoy going slow in some areas so I can get a good look.
But I really like going fast.
I prefer getting to our destination quicker.
We finally reach the Alligator River Swing Bridge and it is quite windy and the water a bit choppy.
We have heard horror stories of Loopers getting caught here because the bridge won’t open if the wind is too strong.
We were fortunate and the bridge operator opened it right up for us.
Also, a warning.
If you have programmed in the Bob 423 track, it includes a circle pattern while he was waiting for the bride to open.
Fortunately, Sam caught it early and took those waypoints out.
Then we made an immediate left turn and headed to our destination, Alligator River Marina.
The water was skinny coming in here between the rocks but Sam took it slow and soon we were docked and powered.
Saltie, who we met in Fernandina Beach, was also there.
When it was time for sunset, the water calmed down.
Alligator River Marina was a welcome stop.
They have fuel, a store, a restaurant, a boaters’ lounge and showers.
Crab pot boats come in and out of here and it was fascinating to see their operation.
We enjoyed a quiet night and a beautiful sunset.