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From NC to Ohio

Posted by on June 15, 2012

We have postponed our trip north after learning that Brad’s paternal grandmother passed away earlier this week after a battle with Alzheimer’s. When we heard the news on Wednesday, we tried desperately to find some way to get back to Ohio for the funeral arrangements, a difficult proposition in this remote portion of North Carolina.

Wednesday afternoon we pulled in for fuel at Dowry Creek Marina simply because it was close to the ICW.  Without cell coverage or internet, our minds were solely focused on getting to Norfolk by Thursday night where we knew we could rent a car. While Brad fueled the boat and chatted with the dockmaster, I used the marina’s wifi to research our options, (and there weren’t many.) Luckily, the fantastic folks at Dowry Creek are very helpful and answered all of our questions. Shortly thereafter, Joint Venture was safely in a slip, her crew was showered and had clean laundry, a rental car pickup was set for the morning, and we headed up to a potluck dinner with the marina crew and other transient boaters.

Thursday we picked up the rental car and drove to Ohio, arriving late last night. We are very thankful that we stumbled upon Dowry Creek under these circumstances. We were able to get some much needed rest, and we won’t have to worry about Joint Venture while we are gone. Before we received the news, Brad was starting to question why we were pushing ourselves so hard to get north. Now that we’ve arrived here, we’re thankful that we did.

6 Responses to From NC to Ohio

  1. Linda Sellick

    Sorry to hear about your Grand Mother Brad. We remember going into Dowry Creek Marina for fuel 4 years ago and found the people there to be very nice and helpful. We are currently anchored at Hospital Point, Norfolk VA and off the the McArthur Center for a mall fix!!

    Linda SV “Oneday”

    • Sabrina

      Thanks for the kind words, Linda. Hope you enjoy Norfolk. We are near the retail center of Ohio, but I’m not sure we’re ready for the shock of a mall visit, yet! 😉 Enjoy!

  2. Jess & Dave S/V Kianda

    Hey guys – life has it’s tough and unexpected moments huh. We’re sorry to hear this news but glad at least it worked out for you to be with your family in Ohio.
    Take care!
    (We’re in Martha’s Vineyard, leaving tomorrow toward Cohasset to visit friends and from there we’re jumping to Shelburne, Nova Scotia – I can’t believe we’ll be ‘home’ by next week.)

    • Brad

      Thank you, have a safe trip home and hopefully we’ll get to see you later this summer.

  3. Shannon

    I am so sorry for your loss. I am sure that it is uplifting to see your family come together, despite the circumstances. We are looking forward to seeing you soon. Please let us know if there is anything we can do or have ready for you. XOXO, Shannon & Sean

    • Brad

      Thank you for the kind words. We’ll be home soon (hopefully by this weekend,) and can’t wait to see you guys. -Brad

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