Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Winding Down in Charleston

Sorry, no pic today!

Yesterday, the diesel mechanic came to visit "The Black Dog", and set to work diagnosing the problem, which turned out to be the exhaust manifold. The good news was that otherwise, the engine is in great shape, and Bob got some good tips from the mechanic on keeping it so. Afterwards, we made the trip from Beaufort to Charleston by car. It seemed ignominious to have a sailing trip torpedoed by a bad engine, but we were happy to have a couple of days of great sailing. Upon arriving back to Bob and Ronda's home in Charleston, we kicked back to relax a bit. The only task for that evening was to get Bob's car from the marina, for which occasion we used the MGB. I convinced Bob to detour through downtown, and I got to drive the MGB through downtown Charleston!

Today it was back to work for Bob, so I took Dad through historic Charleston. We visited Ft Sumter, met Ronda for lunch at Toucan Reef (where I had a great bowl of shrimp and grits), and walked around the South Battery and Meeting Street. We then stopped at a local fish market to get some locally caught fresh shrimp as part of a dinner we made for Bob and Ronda.

Tomorrow we say goodbye to Bob and Ronda, and head back to North Carolina to to do some work on one of Dad's properties, and then Friday we will start for home by way of the Blue Ridge Parkway. I hope that leg of the trip will produce some breathtaking photos to share.

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