Friday, January 30, 2009

That's Bewfort not Boefort...

We're sitting dockside at Skull Creek Marina (I just like the name!) at the beginning of Hilton Head Island - its fairly overcast but I did just see my first real beach here in the south at Dolphin Head!! What they call a "beach" in the Chesapeake Bay is really just a place to land your dinghy to "walk" your dog - nothing I'd want to sink my toes in.

Tammy here by the way...

We arrived this morning after a quick run from Beaufort, SC down the Beaufort River and across Port Royal Sound and plan on being here for a couple days - we have rented a car to explore Hilton Head today and tomorrow we are off for the day to tour Savannah, GA. The whole way down to Hilton Head we had dolphins diving in and out of our bow wake - especially once we got to Dolphin Head (good name it seems!) Life is good!

The gypsies had a great Thanksgiving complete with a 13 pound turkey and all the trimmings (cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, squash, corn, gravy and even pecan pie and vanilla ice cream!!), all of which we cooked on the boat!
While we missed being with our families and friends, we got to talk to many of them (we're not as far away as it sometimes seems!) and we figure we have started our own new turkey day traditions. Doug even figured out how to connect the TV to cable so we got to watch FOOTBALL!!!!
The boat kitties were very happy about that, although not nearly as much as John!

The next morning after fortifying ourselves with turkey sandwiches and turkey benedict, we went in to explore Beaufort. We walked across the Lady's Island Swing Bridge
and then along a waterfront promenade with parks and cute little restaurants. We then headed down "Bay Street" which is the main shopping drag - the stores were already decked for Christmas with decorations and carols playing! Yikes - isn't that a little early! Did the elves work overtime Thanksgiving night??

Anyways, after working up a powerful thirst, we went off in search of Rosie O'Grady's Sports Pub which John had seen advertised in one of the local flyers. Little did we know that we'd be walking 3 1/2 miles for that beer!!! Along the way though we got to see some of the historic old homes in Beaufort, huge oak trees with hanging Spanish Moss making them look like something straight out of Harry Potter and road art in the form of crystalline mermaids.
Once we got to Rosie's the bartender Leslie and owner/chef Mike were so impressed that we had walked all the way there, they bought us the first round!!! I think they thought we were nuts!! Rosie's is a great local Irish bar with pool tables and great characters - we spent a very enjoyable afternoon hanging with the locals who couldn't seem to hear enough about our adventure. I think we now have a number of new blog readers and friends in Beaufort - what a fun place!!

By the way, we cabbed back to the boat (it was raining - yeah that was it!!)....

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