14 November 2015
Wednesday, November 11
The weather is beautiful. Carl and Don are planning to work on Nemo's dinghy today. They gave Judy and I a ride to shore first. We are going on a tour of the Kaminski house museum. It is decorated for Christmas. The house is circa 1769. The last owners had no children and left the house with it's late 1700 and early 1800s furnishings to the town. The grand home with large white coloumns sits on the waterfront. The wide plank pine floors with raised thresholds remind me of my great grandparent's country home. The house next door is also on the tour. George Washington was entertained here when he visited the state during his presidency. It has been furnished with reproductions and is used for meetings and weddings. The grounds around both houses are lovely. We did a little shopping and visited the maritime museum. After a bowl of gumbo, we met the guys for the Veterans Day parade on Front Street. There are police, firefighters, veterans, car clubs , motorcycles, scouts and marching bands. It is a great hometown parade. The sun is setting as we head back to the boats. It is a little cooler. Dinner tonight is nachos on Nemo. After dinner we spend some time looking at the wind and wave predictions for the next few days. Friday looks like a possibility, right now.
Thursday, November 12
We decided to go into town for breakfast this morning. We all pile into our dinghy and head to shore. We walk to a nearby coffee shop and enjoy a big breakfast. Then we walked the streets of the neighborhood. The houses here are beautiful. There are lots of renovations going on. The huge pin oak trees have low branches covered with little ferns and perfect for climbing. The branches are covered with tiny little ferns. There are azaleas and big, old camellias covered in blooms and buds. We walked to the drugstore. We also stopped at the dollar store, goodwill, the hardware store, tackle shop, and Hardee's (for Carl to stock up on biscuits). I think we got a couple of miles in to help us walk off breakfast. On the walk back, Judy and I picked pecans up off of the sidewalk. I only had about a half a cup after shelling, but they are tasty. The boats changed positions as the wind picked up in the afternoon. I layed on the bow of the boat and enjoyed the sun. Dinner tonight was basil chicken with spinach, tomatoes and pasta on Bay Breezin'. The guys have been taking turns washing the dishes, so Don washed tonight. How nice! We played a half game of mexican train and looked at the wind forecast again. Now it is looking like Saturday might be the best day to leave.
Friday, November 13
The day was spent preparing the boat for departure, taking trash ashore and preparing meals for offshore. Judy and I spent a few hours in the afternoon walking around town and checking out a few more shops. If all goes as planned, we will leave early in the morning. It will take us about three hours to get to the inlet. We finished our dominoes game and looked at the wind/wave predictions again. We also discussed our anchorage and marina options depending on where we come back inside. We call it a night and plan to be moving by 7a.m.