N 36 20.9 W 75 57.0 Coinjock NC is typically the first or last stop on the ICW. It's 50 miles from Norfolk VA and the last marina in North Carolina before we move into Virginia and the Chesapeake. We spent a few days covering the territory between Belhaven and here - most of it in the wide Alligator River. The weather has been great - but not much wind. We sailed when we could but motored as well. One night we spent on-anchor off to the side of the Alligator. There was nobody anywhere around and the skies were full of stars - very peaceful and beautiful. Though I must say they sure do have bugs here. From the tiny No-See-Ums that bite like mosquitos to the yellow-brown deer flies that take big hunks out of you to black flies that suck your blood to flying ants, dragonflies, and butterflies. We have been getting pretty good with the fly swatter. We sailed through the Alligator and then across the Albemarle Sound to the North River and the Carolina Canal. The picture on the left shows the canal - it is straight and narrow and calm. The day was beautiful and the fallen cypress were perfectly reflected along the banks. Karen took a million picture of the trees and clouds and wake of Susurra through that area. That afternoon we arrived in Coinjock and after we tied up, a couple of friendly guys came up for a chat. Mike and Tony were delivering a boat the next day in Norfolk. They came aboard and we drank and chatted until sunset. Very nice guys - turns out they have been friends since high school and their respective son and daughter got married and now they argue over which one the new granddaughter likes the best. Thanks for dinner Mike and Tony! We will stay here a few days waiting for the mail to catch up with us.