The skies were threatening, but it wasn't raining yet so I dragged my reluctant man to the Morehead City waterfront to watch the annual Christmas flotilla.
This isn't our first flotilla. We've watched several...some really great ones with lots of boats in nice weather, and some real duds with few boats in cold, windy weather. This year's edition seemed to be leaning toward the latter.
Kim can be a little Grinchy when it comes to the flotilla. He doesn't like parades in general (parking problems and crowds are two things he despises most), so throw some "iffy" weather into the equation and he's not a fan. But he loves me and I LOVE the flotilla, so like the wonderful husband he is he obliged me. Albeit a little on the grumpy side.
The harbor is crowded with people, so parking within walking distance of the waterfront is always a challenge. But we got there early enough to find a spot just a couple of blocks away, and staked out an unhindered view of the waterway right at the beginning of the flotilla route.
At precisely 5:30 pm, the Coast Guard lead boat sounded its horn and the flotilla began.
There were boats of all types and sizes...
Several were playing Christmas music or shouting "Merry Christmas" to the onlookers.
I loved the reflections in the water more than the actual boats themselves. Such brilliant colors!
It turned out to be quite a wonderful event. No wind, no rain, and 29 boats floated by all decked out for Christmas.
Some were big expensive yachts, some small fishing boats. I loved them all! I told Kim if we lived nearby, I'd decorate up his little John-boat and we'd be in the flotilla. He rolled his eyes at that idea. But I surely would!
After the flotilla was over, we walked uptown for a fabulous Italian meal. My Grinch had lost his grinchiness by now.
And even he admitted it was a fun evening on the Morehead waterfront...
...watching the Crystal Coast Christmas flotilla.