Spring Transition 2016: Beaufort, NC

Beaufort, North Carolina. There are so many interesting and strategic locations along the North Carolina coast that the Grampstr's is visiting Beaufort, NC for the first time.....and so glad we decided to stay here for the night. A welcoming, comfortable and fun community! 

A spur of the minute recommendation lead us to the Beaufort Grocery Co for our evening meal. It was our good fortune that fresh squash blossoms were in season.


Chef Charles Park is a master chef!! Every tidbit of food was scrumptious. We will return to this port if not just for the wonderful community, most definitely for this gem of an eating establishmemt🍽

Spring Transition 2016: Georgetown, SC

Giant oaks spreading their limbs across the avenue. Resurrection fern gracing the branches budding happily as moisture graces the land. Moss covering the gnarly roots of the oaks working in unison with nature.....this is what you experience as you stroll the streets and avenues of this history rich community of Georgetown. Mansions built with the gains of plantation owners; Subtle yet sophisticated. A community with a sense of pride and a commitment to preserving its past. Southern feel. Hospitality and welcome to day trippers and comfortable dockage by day, week, month or stay in the community for long term live-aboards. You won't find any chain stores or franchise restaurants or shops here. This is a community of proud local businesses. They treat you as a welcome guest weather you are a local or a visitor.
Georgetown, South Carolina is worth a visit!

Spring Transition 2016: Bald Head Island

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A rare gem! Bald Head Island, North Carolina is just two miles from the mainland yet far from the maddening crowd. This little island has golf carts and bicycles for transportation and no cars allowed. Miles of beaches and sand dunes with privacy prevailing. There are no franchises, no honkeytonk, and 'nothing to do' but enjoy the beauty and nature that is in full supply. An old lighthouse, miles and miles of trails and unobstructed views. This is not for everyone, it is for me!! It was a gift and a privilege to spend three days on Bald Head Island!

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Go with The Flow Boating Style

Going for a few hours ride or going for a long journey in a boat requires preparation and flexibility. It is much more complicated than jumping in the car and taking a drive.
The weather! No matter what the weather spokesperson predicted, Mother Nature has her own way of controlling our plans. If Mother Nature chooses we change our plans even at a moments notice. You see, we are pleasure boaters. Bad weather and boating don't mix.
If we happen to be in the middle of a jaunt when Mom has a temper tantrum we try to go into plan 'b' mode. Safety is #1!
Sometimes plans are delayed....days or weeks....whatever it takes

Mechanical issues!
Every good captain does their best to make sure the craft is in good form. Long before a boat ride numerous details are considered and addressed. There is long term maintenance. Professional time and considerable dollars are required to keep Grampstr's Pride in ship shape form. We don't wait for a problem to arise. In most cases we try to service before there is an issue. Even diligence gets a wrench thrown at it now and then. Minutes before debarkation a last check list is covered. Sometimes there is an issue. Most of the time there is not. NOT doing a final inspection can lead to disasters and an unpleasant memory. The decision to abandon a trip due to mechanical issues may be the best decision ever!

Passengers!
Everyone reacts differently to life on the water. Some people are born fish. They have no physical, mental or emotional challenges with hitting the waves. Amazingly sometimes even these folks have a bad water day. They usually respond positively to adjustments. Sometimes even they need solid ground to get it together. Gotta do what ya gotta do!
We have some friends who enjoy the boat at the dock. We have some friends who are okay as long as the boat is moving. We have some friends who like to look at pictures of the boat!! There are even ones who could care less about the boat in any circumstance but enjoy our company in other venues😜
Okay, so passengers who are open and interested and capable of boating are a rare breed!!! These are the friends we are thrilled to share the Grampstr's with😘

Spring Transition 2016: Ohh the Food!!!

Venice Yacht Club is nestled between the ICW and the Gulf of Mexico. This club has found a way of bridging its members between semi formal and relaxing casual. On this trip we were lucky to arrive on pasta night. The chefs created personalized dishes for each guest. There was shrimp, clams,  scallop, sausage, beef and chicken. Veggies included spinach, artichokes, olives, mushrooms, peppers, onions, capers. Sauces were as creative as you wished with scampi, tomato, Alfredo, vodka sauce. I know I left out numerous ingredients!! Oh, garlic!!!And yes, pastas:  spaghetti, penne, fettuccini, and gluten free.
All I know is, if you wanted it, they had it!
Add to this being able to order from the menu if you didn't care for pasta night!!  I know, it's all about the food, right??
Wrong!! The Venice yacht club is located within reasonable walking distance from a wonderful little downtown dotted with numerous shops and restaurants.  Go in the other directions and you can be entertained for hours by the activities at the inlet to the gulf. From sunrise to sunset and beyond Venice is an endearing community.