Monday, February 26, 2018
Hilton Head Island: powered; alligatored; ice
Carol flew here Saturday and yesterday we took a brief jaunt on Skull Creek. I fitted the new Torqeedo, which I am pleased to report started and ran as it should.
We only went to the mouth of Skull Creek, about a mile and a half each way. At near low tide the current was negligible and with an SOG of about 2.5 knots the fully charged bigger battery was drained to 67%, which might give an optimistic range of nine miles under power.
The wind instruments and the depthfinder worked as they should.
A pleasant morning, but no birds on the spit, gliding pelican, or accompanying dolphin as when I first arrived.
On a bicycle ride this morning we saw our first two alligators, lying beside a pond near the racket club. One was about six feet long; the other slightly smaller. The welcoming packet given to new residents warns against swimming in such ponds or letting your dogs do so. I will comply.
Today’s NASA Earth Observatory image is a photo of the winter coast of Newfoundland/Labrador, sea ice and clouds. It is natural color, which happen to be black and white.