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DAY 172 OF OUR GREAT ADVENTUREBrooke Smith
04/20/2012, Casper's Marina Swansboro, NC
Sunday we left Osprey Marina just south of Myrtle Beach and traveled to Barefoot Marina, North Myrtle Beach. We got there shortly before Eddie and Florence (Brooke's brother and mom) arrived. They came to see us, all the way from Richmond!! After telling a few more details about our trip to the Bahamas, we tried dinner at Jay's Asian Fusion Restaurant. What a big day we had on Monday: running more errands, checking out Eddie and Mom's oceanfront suite, dinner and show at the Alabama Theater. I have to say that Florence chose the funniest rib restaurant we've ever been to, not to mention food was great. The current production at the Alabama Theater, a variety show, was excellent! They have a 'deadpan' comedian who plays a stage hand who is not too brilliant. He comes on and off throughout the show and was so funny we had tears in our eyes! We recommend Dick's Last Resort for dinner and Alabama Theater afterwards, North Myrtle Beach, at Barefoot Landing. I think Brooke covered the next day and evening when we met Judy and Chuck Young in Southport for dinner at the Dead End Saloon and Fish Market. What a treat seeing them. Yesterday we made it north to Surf City, on Topsail Island and had a nice two dinners with for $14!! Homemade food, mom and pop style! I am going to have to get used to cooking when I get back home!! Tonight, we are staying very near the historic area of Swansboro, NC. Some very good Canadian friends are stopping by as they drive toward Ottowa. Donna and Ron, from No Snow, and their dog, Winnie the Pooh, joined us in the Bahamas UP on our fly bridge for Happy Hour! Winnie is a large dog and just climbed right up the stairs! So funny! I see why people often say dogs think they are humans, too. Ron, Donna and Winnie showed up abut 7:30 after driving from Jacksonville, FL. They closed up their boat and will return in November. We had a nice meal at the Italian restaurant and talked non-stop. Then they needed to move along and get a room for the night. They might make Ottawa tomorrow. Long ride for sure. Today, we are headed to Beaufort, SC to catch some other people we met in the Bahamas. Lee and Cheryl aboard their boat, LIVE WIRE, are in Beaufort. They are on the way home to Martha's Vineyard.
DAY 170 OF OUR GREAT ADVENTUREBrooke Smith
04/18/2012, SOUTH HARBOUR VILLAGE MARINA
Just a brief note and picture of Chuck and Judy Young at South Harbour Marina's Dead End Saloon Restaurant. Susan worked 16 years with Judy and Chuck is an avid boater. Way in the past we traveled with them in our first boat to Onnacock, VA where Chuck was proud that he had to tow us. A sailboat towing a powerboat. Seemed ok to me. Anyhow, Check and Judy have retired to Southport and have a nice condo overlooking the ICW. How, great is that? All interesting things come by their balcony each day. We had a nice dinner with them and now this morning we are off to around Topsail or Surf City for the night.
DAY 166 OF OUR GREAT ADVENTUREBrooke Smith
04/15/2012, Osprey Marina near Myrtle Bech
WE ARE IN FRESH WATER OF THE ICW. Alligators live in fresh water. Guess what we saw yesterday. Yep a bald eagle. Oh yea the alligator too. Not getting in the water to check anything here. Lots of beautiful trees and stuff. But this brief addition to yesterdays blog is really about the alligator. We were here November 21, 2011 on the way south and saw no alligators. We never saw any along the ICW in GA, or Florida cause the water is salty.
DAY 166 OF OUR GREAT ADVENTUREBrooke Smith
04/14/2012, Georgetown, SC
We are in Georgetown, SC. What a pretty town. And the wonderful southern accents of the people are just like something out of a movie. WE walked around with our friends Casey and Laurilea Gibbs, yesterday morning and had a great lunch at a new restaurant called Alfresca. Of course it was wonderful and very good prices. But it's the feel of this town that is really special. Very warm people. Everyone speaks to you and all seem very happy living here. Georgetown is a very historic place. Once it was the capital of rice. We missed the rice museum yesterday. Might take it in today before we shove off.
DAY 161 OF OUR GREAT ADVENTUREBrooke Smith
04/09/2012, Port Royal Marina
Well we certainly are moving north. We left the 20ºs latitudes shortly after Marineland Florida. The bugs are increasing and so are my allergies that were non-existent in the Bahamas. Also gone over there and creeping back is the old peoples constant clearing of the throat. So, I've been wondering is Virginia a bad place to live with allergies etc? Anyhow, I've had allergies all my life in Virginia. But it is home. And we are most definitely headed that way.
DAY 160 OF OUR GREAT ADVENTUREBrooke Smith
04/08/2012, Isle Of Hope Marina
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE. We are at the Isle of Hope Marina and had guests aboard the last two days. Lindsey and Jim Perrow visited with us and drove us to Savannah to have a look around and eat at the 1790 Inn. Very much fun and too much to eat. It was still a bit chilly and we did not have a drink at the to of the Bohemian restaurant. NEXT TIME. It was too cold when we were here the first time in December too.