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Happy Thanksgiving everyone.11/27/2008, Dewees Creek SC
Happy Thanksgiving everyone & Thank you for the call Nate. I got your message and I hope you had a terrific one too - and yes we did have turkey... Actually turkey breast - there's no way I could fit a whole turkey in our little 10 x 15 x 8.5 inch oven LOL - but it was gooood so thanks for asking! Mrs A made turkey, stuffing, corn & yams and we had cranberry sauce and my infamous pumpkin pie I made yesterday for today's dinner. It tasted good - even though half the filling sloshed out and burned all over the oven after that big powerboat "waked" (rolled) us - what remained was yummy. Some greens and crescent rolls would have made it perfect but we'd have been to full so it was satisfying as it was.
Time to bake a Pumpkin Pie11/26/2008, Minim Creek to Dewees Creek SC (32 50.207 x –79 43.805)
Several boats came whizzing by us in the wee early hours of the morning (3-5 am). Woke us up each time. I couldn't figure out what was with all the boat traffic here this late/early. Then Before 7am, you could hear gun fire going off all around us. The early boat traffic made sense when I heard all the guns, then later saw lots of small boats with men and dogs in them all up and down the creeks - Opening day for water fowl...
Crabbers to the rescue11/25/2008, Bull Creek to Minim Creek SC (33 11.509 x -79 16.761)
Pretty uneventful travel day other than sighting some deer a duck blind boat passed us today - it looked like a pile of grass and hay came whizzing by us. The water depths are pretty skinny in this area and I ran aground making a turn to another part of the ICW. Some crab boats passed us by as I was trying to get ungrounded and one turned around and came back to see if we needed help. I said yes - Please! We tossed them a line and they pulled our nose out to the deeper water. I asked what they had in the bushels - they had a couple of bushels of blue crab, then we thanked them and they went on their way. I don't know if people realize what a hard life they have to catch the crabs that they get, and then, I don't think they make all that much doing it either. Whenever the tide is up or down the crabbers are out there checking their crab traps, throwing the small ones back that probably ate all their bait, and resetting them in hopes of catching ones of saleable size. They do this in all sorts of weather too...