Day 7 – Lay day. Provisioning, geocaching, laundry, sightseeing, and a nice dinner out.
Beaufort (pronounced “bow-furt” not to be confused with “bue-furt” which is in SC) is a quaint seaside town. North of here the ICW changes from a narrow ditch, to more challenging, open waters of the Neuse River, Pamlico Sound and Albermarle Sound. We’re hoping to put the sails up at some point this week. But today we’re just hanging around the town.
Sunrise at the waterfront boardwalk…
One of two geocaches logged. Sneaky, eh?
We used the marina’a courtesy car and drove to the grocery store for supplies. Then we toured the North Carolina Maritime History Museum.
Pirates were a real thing here 300 years ago. Blackbeard started pirating in 1716. In 1717, he captured a French ship and turned it into his flagship, renaming her Queen Anne’s Revenge. A year later it ran aground in Beaufort Inlet. He died in late 1718. Pirating is hard. The wreck of Queen Anne’s Revenge wasn’t found again until 1996, about a mile and a half from where we are right now.
After the museum, we enjoyed some fine libations, and dropped a few Benjamins at the local shops.
We made friends with Freddy and Alvin, our dock-neighbors on the 100+’ sloop Miniskirt. They are experienced crew and it was nice to meet them. She’s a beautiful boat.
We enjoyed floating and fishing with Lori and Mike and four of his grandkids today on Nirvana, anchored in our favorite cove on Lake Travis. It was a fun time. The kids were great, and they caught 4 fish between them!
We checked out Brick Oven’s Jazz night for dinner. The patio was full, though, so we had to sit inside.
Monte and I grabbed lunch in South Austin today at Evangeline Cafe, a long-time Austin favorite for Cajun food and live music. I cannot believe it has taken us so long to make it here! It was the first time for both of us. And it was goooood. I want to come back again soon.
The hallway is covered with music posters for performances at the cafe over the years.
Mardi Gras is only a few days away, so maybe you should check them out, too!
We took a drive out through the Hill Country this week; out Highway 290 towards Fredericksburg. It was a beautiful day. We left early to beat the morning rush hour and stopped at Pedernales Falls State Park to visit their bird blinds. We stayed for less than an hour, but saw canyon wrens, ladderback woodpeckers, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, lincoln and field sparrows, ruby-crowned kinglets, black-crested titmice, cardinals, spotted towhees, and more.
Along the way we stopped at the Pedernales River several times and saw wild turkeys, buffalo and longhorn cattle.
Then we stopped at Wildseed Farms to buy fresh flower seed to plant after the last freeze.
Last night Monte and I went to our local pub for dinner and to watch Monday Night Football. Since we don’t have cable, we have to go out to watch the Seahawks play. We won! 🙂
It was bittersweet, though. Our local favorite and most awesome pub, BB Rover’s, is closing for good in 2 weeks. 😦
I’ve enjoyed lots of good times and good beers in that place over the last 23 years. Post-softball-game celebrations, after-work happy hours, St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage dinners, darts, Austin Sailing Society meet-ups, live music and open-mic night, and many games of pinochle with friends. It is very sad to see it go.
We recently celebrated our anniversary. Tonight, we had Lori and Pooh over for dinner and popped open one of our oldies.
It was a bottle from a winery that we visited on our honeymoon – an almost 20 year old chianti that we brought back with us. The cork didn’t leak or budge in the last two decades, so the wine was really pretty good! I am very happy to be able to share it with friends.