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Great weekend on the upper Pamlico

I did get in some sailing this weekend:



Winds were in the 10-15 range and pretty steady. It was a short sail (I promised lots of activities, not just sailing) but one of the best I have had. My new-to-me motor worked great to motor out and in. I eased the traveler and didn't trim as tight as I might otherwise with the kids aboard, but I think we still were above hull speed a few times.

In the area of this marina across from little Washington:



But we laumched from here:



That's Twin Lakes campground in Chocowinity. The kids had a great time there. Most of the time the boat was in this configuration (look close, it's in the picture):



and we did sleep in the boat (as pictured). The kids also did enjoy the pool:




and just hanging out at camp:



Big fun!
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Nice to see you had a better weekend than last weekend. Hopefully, crap pots aren't as bad in that area as they are down around Bath. Nice pictures too.
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Good stuff!

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Nice to see you had a better weekend than last weekend. Hopefully, crap pots aren't as bad in that area as they are down around Bath. Nice pictures too.
I saw almost none. We were so far up that the water is barely brackish; probably not salty enough for the crabs to be there in big numbers. The pond the kids are fishing in and that we camped next to is not connected. There was another only a few yards away that was connected and had mullet, so it is definitely in the mix. I am not sure where the "sound" proper starts. At the Washington bridge, the sign points east saying "Pamlico River" and west saying "Tar River". They are funny about what they call a river down there, as you are probably well aware. The Neuse is supposedly the widest river in NA right around New Bern. I say "supposedly" because I really don't think it is a river anymore.

I still hope to get down to Oriental one of these days and possibly hook up with you and/or Joel.
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Doesn't the Pamlico become the Tar River past Washington? It seems to me, the Sound starts where the Pamlico and Neuse meet. Don't know if that's geographically correct, but makes sense to me.
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How's the missus doing??? Looks like a good weekend... cute rugrats.
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My wife is doing better but still has some lingering headaches, especially when it is noisy. So it was a good weekend for her also.

Beez - I would say the Tar becomes the Pamlico with respect to which way it flows and yes, it is right at Washington on the bridge I mentioned earlier. It does refer to it as a river in both directions. Right in front of Washington, I can see still calling it a river; there is no tide and if it has been raining a lot there will be a discernable flow. Once it opens up a little at Blounts Bay (OK, if it is still a river and not a sound, why does it have named bays?) you are pretty much in salt water with no discernable downstream flow. I have the same thinking about the Neuse. When the drought slowed it to a trickle, New Bern still had plenty of water. I just wish they called it all the sound so it wouldn't take so long to explain where I sail.
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