Low Country Boil
13 May 2016
Thursday May 12
Our lay day. Carl put the dink in at 7 a.m. After a good nights sleep we're ready for a big breakfast. After tying the dink up at the town dinghy dock, we walked the streets of Georgetown to find a place for breakfast. After breakfast at Thomas Cafe, we walked to the Kudzu bakery for a loaf of cinnamon raisin bread. We noticed that the town square is set up for the entertainment tonight. Back at the boat, the first order of the day is to look at the autopilot. Carl had a thought this morning about what might be going on. He opened the access door in the floor of the cockpit and almost immediately found the problem. A chain sprocket had worked loose and fallen off. That's where I came in. I got to lie down on the floor and squeeze my hand under the wires to hunt for the missing pieces. Scored! Sometimes little hands pay off. Carl cleaned the parts and reattached them. I love boat repairs that don't cost anything! We'll keep our fingers crossed that it solved all of the problems. It was a warm 87○ here today. We spent the rest of the day stowing our offshore gear. I spent some time catching up on my blog. Oh yeah, and we drug anchor and had to reset it. Oh the joys of living on a boat! We put up the riding sail to stop the boat from swinging on the anchor. Instead of going into town to check out the entertainment tonight, we enjoyed sitting in the cockpit, watching three boats come in and anchor. The clouds that moved in over the afternoon hours were growing darker. We could hear thunder in the distance as we sat and watched the lightning show. That was entertainment enough for us.
Friday May 13
Lay day 2. We are on the edge of a strong line of storms moving across the country. We decided to hang back so hopefully they will move on ahead of us. After breakfast we took the dink to town. As we walked to the maritime museum, the smell of honeysuckle was in the air. There was a special fishing exhibit this month. We enjoyed talking with the curator. He told us some interesting stories about Georgetown. We learn something new every time we come here. We browsed through some other shops. Then, I took the Captain to lunch at the Big Tuna. The Captain got the soft shell crab sandwich and I got the crab cake sandwich. Lunch is always good here. We did a little more shopping and then some dark clouds started to roll in so we hurried back to the boat. We got back just before a downpour. The sun was in and out all afternoon. The skies in between were dark and threatening. Just before dinner we had a storm with thunder, lightning, high winds and torrential rain. Then a rainbow came out. We may be in for some more storms overnight. We've decided to leave at 9 a.m. in the morning. It will be a short day to Osprey Landing marina near Myrtle Beach.
Being in South Carolina has me thinking about a Low Country Boil. I can almost taste the shrimp....and potatoes....and sausage....and corn. I'm making this when I get home!