09 November 2013
Everyone gets to sleep in a little late this morning, it's 7:30. We all have showers before breakfast. Robert has already talked to a mechanic here and hopefully he can have the engine repaired while we are in Beaufort. We will be here for about a week. Robert has to catch a plane on Sunday for business. He plans to be back on Tuesday. We will have plenty of time to get to know Beaufort.
Today we take advantage of free laundry at the marina. Everything is very nice and clean here. We've already met some nice people. Carl and I walk to the Beaufort bakery for lunch. Becky stays behind to make lunch for Robert. He works all day, catching up on emails I imagine.
Later in the afternoon, Becky and I walk to Publix for a few fresh vegetables. While we're there we run into Gloria, the dock master's wife. She offers us a ride back. We decide to get a few more things, since we don't have to carry them,and $120.00 later we've checked out. Gloria tells us that she only has 2 seats in her car, and one is hers. So, we pile all the groceries in the hatchback and Becky climbs in back there. Glad she is so tiny!
Gloria invites us to their nightly gathering for happy hour. At 5:00 sharp, all of the inhabitants of boats in the marina start to emerge with drinks and dishes to share in hand. We join them on the deck overlooking the marina and the bridge over to Beaufort. We enjoy a beautiful view and sunset with a group of about 15. There are so many interesting stories. Sailors love to talk about where they've been and where they're going. Most are retired couples, a few younger ones, and all are going south. Many to Florida, a few to the same area as Becky and Robert. One couple is going straight to the Bahamas ("deep in" they say). Two couples are in their home port here. We later head back to the boat for a night cap. I think we're going to like it here.