Thursday, October 31, 2013

Georgetown: The Ghost Capital of the South

After a very quiet and serene night anchored in a secluded creek in Cypress Swamp, with only the sounds of nature, we continued down the Waccamaw River, that had amazing foliage (yes I said foliage) with beautiful Spanish moss on the trees to the historical town of Georgetown.
Spanish moss

Our quaint anchorage
Georgetown is one of the 3 oldest cities in South Carolina, and most of its economy comes from its big paper mill, that emits a funny smell throughout the town. It is also known to be very haunted, a woman told me with complete sincerity that about half of the houses here were haunted, and there are people who will take you on a ghost tour. John was not up for it, though we did walk through some of the very old cemeteries. It has a historic harbor walk, but unfortunately last month they had a huge fire that burned down 7 of their historic buildings. There was a huge pile of what was left, and there were signs that people of the town signed in support.
The paper mill
The remains
A great place for publicity!

Supportive community
We walked around the quaint town, where everyone said hi to you before you even had the chance to make eye contact with them. Dexter got called adorable by everyone who passed. He also got complimented on his mustache, by a man who seemed to be genuinely jealous of his stache.
The town
They are also famous for their rice museum!
The famous Kaminsky house
We dinghied over to the Independent Seafood Market where we bought fresh jumbo shrimp, lobster tails and grouper.

Back at the boat we found a friend, a little mini green froggy (we called him Green Giant-get it, because he's so little, it was funny at the time). Dexter was completely disinterested, which is probably better, since my old dog tried to eat my iguana and scarred him for life.
Mr. G. Giant

This apparently turned into a photoshoot
Notice the wind blowing in my hair
Action shot
We enjoyed a beautiful sunset before enjoying a delicious seafood dinner! Yum! Next stop Charleston!
A rainbow!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Parmesan Asparagus Recipe

The recipe of the week is Parmesan Asparagus, which I also make allll the time, and it's so easy and delicious, I don't know why more people don't combine Parmesan and asparagus together!

Cooking Time: 10-15 mins

Olive oil
Salt & Pepper
Parmesan (preferably grated)

Cooking Instructions
 Wash the asparagus and chop of the ends. Spread a piece of aluminum foil out and place the asparagus on the foil. Spread olive oil over the asparagus with a brush and try to cover them as much as possible. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and fold up in foil. Put on BBQ or in oven for 10-20 mins, depending on how many asparagus you have. They're done when they are softer and starting to get a little brown or charred on the edges. Take them out of the foil and place them on a plate. While they're hot sprinkle the Parmesan on them and wait 5-10 minutes so it melts a bit, and enjoy!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Myrtle Beach: The Land of 100 Golf Courses

I got the pleasure of experiencing the wonderfully tacky Myrtle Beach. We stayed at the Barefoot Marina Resort, since there were no anchorages nearby. It was pretty nice, with a restaurant/bar called Dirty Don's, beach volleyball courts, a huge pool and hot tub, and laundry and showers, and the people were very friendly.

We participated in an oyster bake at Dirty Don's where we shucked our own oysters for the first time. Our waitress also brought us some oyster shots, which are alcoholic shots with raw oysters in them-another first!

The marina
We walked around the town for a bit and did some provisioning, and on every block they have these ginormous, tacky beach shops that all seem to have giant sharks outside where the mouth of the shark is the entrance, it's really intense. Our waitress told us that there's about 48 in this very small vicinity-yikes!
A view of the marina from the bridge
One of the many beach shops
This is the land of 1000 golf courses, and it's no joke, they're everywhere, along the water, off the main streets, people are even driving their golf carts on the streets with other cars! 
A golfer

We enjoyed their hot tub with our box of wine while Dexter stood guard, and stayed as far away from the water as his leash would let him. Unfortunately a very strange man came and joined us in the hot tub, he couldn't remember what kind of boat he had and anytime John would ask him a question he would just respond with "yeah, I can't complain", maybe he didn't hear the questions... Needless to say, we got outta there as soon as we could.
Standing guard
We returned to Dirty Don's for dinner and were told this joke by one of the staff "What's a bunch of white people in an elevator? A box of crackers!" and then he gave me a package of soda crackers, should I be insulted? So far I'm lovin it in South Carolina!
The floating casino

Sunday, October 27, 2013

My Top 10 Things About North Carolina

1) Everyone is incredibly friendly, and people go out of their way to help you.
2) The Wild life : Dolphins, Wild Horses, Cormorants, Pelicans (and watching them catch fish).
3) Experiencing being in the "Bible Belt" and having every second radio station preaching against abortion and contraception.
4) "Redneck Covers"- paper bags to put your beer cans in so they stay cold.
5) Opinions of Canada- "I heard that when it's 30 degrees you can blow a bubble and it will freeze and you can hold it and everything".
6) Humongous 3 & 4 (sometimes more) story houses with balconies on every level, some beautiful and some incredibly tacky (bright pink-what were you thinking?)
7) Very very dog friendly. Every restaurant let him sit outside with us while we ate and brought him water, and all the stores have a sign that says they're pet friendly. I even bring him (carry him) into grocery stores. And everyone is so friendly to him and all want to say hello and give him a pat.
8) They dip everything in ranch dressing, especially potato chips.
9) The woman who was so impressed and shocked that as Canadians we "spoke perfect English!" apparently she was expecting us to have a French accent-note: we did not say we were from Montreal, just that we were Canadian, the look of shock was priceless. 
10) Their "slang" names for things, like that when you say "I caught a huge dolphin today!" that really means you caught a Mahi Mahi or Dorado or some other fish.

We hit a milestone of 1000 miles in N.C.
Beautiful houses
Everyone needs a little bit of danger once in a while
Some not-so-nice houses
Yep, thats a giant swan
Not sure what that one is though

Nothing like settling for mediocraty 
Who doesnt want to keep their guns?