Laundry day on the Megadock
30 November 2008 | Charleston, SC
Wet, wet, wet - Rain, high winds, high waves, temps in the 50s
After making breakfast, Wayne got a cart for me to haul the laundry to the laundry facilities so I took it over and read some of their magazines while doing the laundry. They have 2 commercial size washers & driers so between leafing through the magazines and loads I propped the door open to cool it off inside the laundry room and watched it as the raindrops splashed off the dock and made patterns in the water. It had finally let up, then really started to really pour as I walked back to the boat. I was glad that I thought ahead and brought large plastic bags to put the laundry in, in case it did decide to rain again. I wish I'd have brought my rain gear for me LOL - By the time I got back to the boat I was soaked and the garbage bags were holding puddles of water as I tossed them onto the boat. I now needed a drier for me!
After we put our laundry away and I dried off, we waited for the pump-out boat and the diesel key for gas (did I mention you can gas up while at your dock here???), then we caught the courtesy van into town (it runs every hour and they pick you back up when you call them) and walked through the Market area where venders sell all manner of goods. There were basket ladies making and selling wonderful baskets and trays that they've been making since the days of slaves. They'd use them to clean the chaff off of the rice (in the days of the plantations). I'd have loved to have bought one; they're beautiful, but very expensive as they should be with all the labor that goes into them.
We scouted out the restaurants, I'd wanted to eat at one of the local ones but we ended up at Bubba Gumps (which is fine with me too - Wayne liked the prices better), and then walked over to the Harris Teeter store for groceries.
Wow, what a nice food store! It's huge and has everything. We stocked up on pop and beer since we don't have to carry if for miles and we got miscellaneous food items, and then waited for the Courtesy Van back to the boat (more rain). I can't believe that the rain and winds still haven't slacked up. The boat is rocking and my rain bucket is between a quarter & half full. We still don't have power at the dock - still no splitter, but since we're leaving tomorrow it I guess it doesn't matter at this point. It would have been nice to charge up and use the computer under power though.
Hope the waves and wind slacken up for our departure tomorrow - it's really howling through here with force. When we got back to the boat you could see the mast slanted towards the dock - we're really at a lean...