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Waccamaw River - Wacca Wache Marina


June 12, 2004 - June 14, 2004

The trip from Hague Marina was perhaps the most beautiful part of the trip so far. The Waccamaw River is gorgeous and winds thru cypress swamp and wildlife preserve. I took it very slow coming here, even though it was 90 degrees when I got out of the marina in the morning and quickly climbed toward 100, I wanted to soak up as much of the sights as possible. The channel runs deep with only a few shoal areas which are well marked on the chargs. Very few boats passed me going either way so I was largely alone out there. A lovely way to spend Saturday morning. I got into Wacca Wasche at about 11:30, which gave me about a 3 hour trip, averaging 5 knots - the current against me at the first and thoroughly with me at the end!

Wacca Wache Marina is a completely different sort of marina than Hague. Hague Marina although in one of the most beautiful locations with one of the best configurations for a marina I have ever seen, is falling down upon itself. Wacca Wasche, which is as old a marina, has been entirely updated, new main office/store, new floating docks, lovely landscaping, and still a very nice location.

Sue, the accountant here, offered me her car to go to West Marine. The marina actually has a courtesy car, but it is in need of brakes so she saw my need and made the offer. I, of course, filled her car up as a thank you, but that still is going way beyond the call of duty! If it had been her marina. I must write to the owners and tell them what a jewel they have in Sue. An ambassador like that can make the difference in a small business making a go of it. While I am sure the majority of the money they make is thru slip leases and fuel sales, transients make up no small part of their revenue and people tend to go where they know the service is good, like Wacca Washe and avoid those places where it stinks like Allegator River Marina.

Driving along Route 17 on Myrtle Beach brought on a heavy bit of nostalgia for my parents. We came down here twice, once when I was 19 and again when I was 20. I was probably too old to be vacationing with my parents, but that was the kind of family we were. My Mum loved the beach so much she would get up in the morning and go out walking for an hour or so before breakfast, picking up shells and beach glass. When we had all woken up she would come back, have breakfast with us and go back to the beach to swim. She would stay in the water all day if Dad would let her. Even though Mum has lost a lot of her memories and can reread the same newspaper 5 or 6 times a day without any recollection of the content, she still remembers Myrtle Beach. I asked her about it today and she told me how much fun it was and how beautiful. Just to go back for one day with her there on the beach....

I don't want to live my life with too much regret for those things that were not appreciated at the time. You never really appreciate those golden moments when they are being lived because the gluster is gained with use and time. So they never quite seem so precious when they are being lived as they are when they are being relived in the mind.

Still, I can wish for one more walk on the beach with my Mother... and one more dance with my Father...

"Don't it always seem to go?"
"You don't know what you got till it's gone."

-Joni Mitchell

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Wacca Washe Marina Office And Store
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Goodbye To Wacca Wache
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