We were warmly greeted by the staff at Town Creek Marina and made arrangements to have the fuel tanks cleaned and the fuel polished (filtered) after the New Year. We greatly appreciated the marina's generosity when they handed us the keys to the guest car for our stay!
We introduced ourselves to the Ocean Cruising Club's local port officer, Dianne Tetreault, and found a jar of peanuts and her card in our cockpit the next day while we were out. She invited us to her home and had a lovely dinner swapping cruising stories.
New Years Eve found us in Morehead City dancing to Reggae music and watching the crab pot fall at midnight, followed by a great display of fireworks eerily masked by the rolling fog.
Friends from home had referred us to a local cruising couple, Chris and Jackie Lambertsen and we enjoyed a traditional Southern New Years Day Brunch of collard greens, black eyed peas, ham and cornbread at their home. The have done extensive cruising and were happy to share their knowledge and sea stories.
The following day we all gathered at Clawsen's for a traditional North Carolina meal of shrimp and grits... delicious! A big part of the fun of cruising is the great people you meet.