15 November 2013
Everyone seems to be on shore schedule now. We're up around 7:30 a.m. It is a cold morning. We warm up with Carl's chipped beef on toast. I caught up on some phone calls, sitting in the sun on the bow of the boat. The sky is a beautiful Carolina blue. Carl takes a bike ride across the bridge into Beaufort and brings back chocolates! We meet Alex, a friend of Robert and Beckys, for $10 steak night at the Fillin' Station.
Robert picked up the rental car for his trip to the airport. We decided to take advantage of it and drive over the bridge to Beaufort. We drove through the historical district and admired all of the beautiful antebellum homes. Becky and I are itching to shop, but we loose the guys early on and after just a few shops we are beckoned to meet them at Nipper's for a beer and fish tacos. Good choice. Becky and I have a shopping trip back planned already.
Up at our usual shore time, about 8. Overcast, no breeze and the no-see-um's are back. It's 2:00 and the wind picks up and blows the bugs away. Robert gives the boat a bath. He leaves at 3 on his travels.
Shopping day. Becky and I walk across the bridge and spend the morning shopping in Beaufort. Lunch at Luther's. Yummy turkey, bacon and brie wrap. We gather lots of ideas for things to make.
A place like Beaufort, S.C. stirs something deep in my soul. The art, the music, the food, the people. I was born in Guam, raised in Miami and have called Richmond Virginia home for the last 40 year's, but my parents are both from Mississippi. I may not have a southern accent, but I am a southern girl at heart!
Spent the morning doing laundry. There is a Gale watch in effect. Looks like we'll be here a little longer. A gale party is planned. Everyone starts to gather for the Gale party at 5:00. It is so beautiful. Hard to believe the change in weather ahead. Fabulous dishes emerge from the galleys. There are about 25 people tonight. The marina has filled up today with boats seeking refuge from the forecasted weather. There is a cute young family with four girls, ages 2-10. We enjoy talking to this new group. Robert returns from his trip. It will be another lay day tomorrow as we prepare for the winds.
Winds howled all night long. The boat creaked and moaned in protest.The winds have pinned the boat tight to the dock, it is 37` this morning. What a difference a day makes. Winds are still too strong. We would not be able to get off the dock with one engine.! It warms up nicely as the day goes on. We are able to get out and take a walk. Stopped to browse at an antique mall and had coffee next door at the Beaufort Bakery. Picked up homemade sausage links and biscuits for another morning. We spent the afternoon preparing for the trip. Everyone is anxious to get underway.