Sunday, August 31, 2014

We Were Tourists Today!

Welcome to our Blog. Our latest entry always comes up first... 
Click this link if you want to start at the beginning:
FIRST BLOG ENTRY
If you want to start at the beginning of our trip:
START OF TRIP
If you want to see the story of our trip from South Carolina
(where we bought the boat)
 to Lake Ontario Click this link:
  SOUTH CAROLINA
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The other day we left off with our dinner in the solar oven...  Well, it turned out awesome... Beef Tips and Sweet potatoes in a tomato sauce... Yummy...




We often hear about "Southern Hospitality"...  Shelley and I can attest to the reality of that statement.  We have commented a number of times about the kindness we have experienced in our time here in Myrtle Beach, and yesterday was no different.  We had just sat down for dinner, when our dock neighbor, Tracy popped by with a bag of fresh Tomatoes and a sprig of fresh Rosemary! She decided that living on our boat we would be missing the benefits of a garden, so she shared some of hers... WOW!  So kind!


Yesterday we rented a car for a few days to pick our friends, Bill & Maryann from Philadelphia, PA who will be flying in on Monday evening to visit for a few days...  We were given a Tahoe... What a nice truck!  I felt like a local in that thing....


So yesterday we took advantage of wheels and did a major provisioning run (shopping) and spent way more than we should have, but have a whole bunch of food now...




Today, we though we should see some things we can't see on our bicycles or by boat, so we traveled by car to Southport and Wilmington North Carolina. On our way we stopped at a Waffle Restaurant and treated ourselves to breakfast out then arrived in Southport where we bought some salt water toffee and a beautiful table cloth...  Be found the cloth in an antique store that was discounting everything by 25% today so paid the grand total of $24 for a hand embroidered linen...



We then went to visit the USS North Carolina, a battleship commissioned at the beginning of WW2 and made into a museum in the 1960's.  What an amazing ship... Everything on it was BIG and HEAVY...  We both decided being a seaman was was less fun than being an officer and any job on that boat must have been LOUD and DIRTY... and DANGEROUS...  Hats off to those who serve their country!



Those are BIG GUNS!

Aiming the BIG GUN...
SO MANY DIALS!

The enlisted men were stacked 3 high... Lots of room & privacy... NOT!

The red ones were practice bombs...  the blue & yellow ones were REAL...


The view from the bridge...

Just like our helm....

Shelley and a GUN... Scary....

Now THAT is an ANCHOR....

I'm on the left...

Shelley's feet and the anchor chain...

My GUN is smaller....

Everything on this boat was BIG!
 A great day being a tourist!

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