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September 2012

Spasso Italian Restaurant

16 September 2012

sunny 68 °F

I happened to be in Philadelphia for a medical conference so my parental units were good enough to drive the couple hours to visit. The first Sunday they came we celebrated my mom's birthday at Spasso Italian Restaurant. At first we weren't sure about the place because it wasn't very busy but we were early and it picked up. The food and wine were both great and it was good to see my mom and dad.

Spasso Italian Restaurant

Spasso Italian Restaurant

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Final Day of Fun in the Sun

7 September 2012

semi-overcast 85 °F

The last day of vacation and the return trip is always like slowly coming down off some kind of drug and today is no different. I want to get every last minute of walking on the beach, reading in the hammock and playing volleyball that I can possibly get.

The culmination of the trip is the low country boil for dinner. I have been thinking about it ever since I was introduced to eat last year. The boil otherwise known as Frogmore Stew is a traditional Low Country meal of shrimp, corn on the cob, onions, celery, sausage and potatoes.
The whole gang

The whole gang


The group shot is also a budding tradition that seems to take place on the final day. By the time everyone has hit their maximum patience we have a photo that everyone looks decent in.
Erica and Hayden

Erica and Hayden


This one of Erica and Hayden was so cute I couldn't resist adding it too!

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Motorboating

6 September 2012

sunny 87 °F

white egret

white egret


One side of Pawley's Peach is the ocean and the other side is the marsh. Today Curt's uncle Rod rented a boat to cruise up and down the marshes with a little bit of fishing thrown in.
Pawleys Peach

Pawleys Peach


It is an interesting way to get another vantage point of the beach houses lining the island. I developed this obsession with photographing the birds while Curt and his uncle drove the boat and tried in vain to catch a fish. Just to tease us they would leap out of the water every now and then and something always took the shrimp from the hook.
marshes

marshes


Curt Motor Boating

Curt Motor Boating


I love this bird

I love this bird


Seagull

Seagull


white egret 2

white egret 2


crab traps

crab traps


The marsh grasses make a maze of the inlet and it took a considerable time to return home. Sun burned and tired we prepped for our night out. We were going with Erica, Hayden and Elise to the Pirate's Voyage show. The food of chicken, mashed potatoes, cheese bread, vegetable soup, corn on the cob, pulled pork and an apple fritter was surprisingly good for the amount of people in the theater.
Pirates Voyage

Pirates Voyage


The show was entertaining as well with not only pirates but swimming dogs, sea lions, fire and creatures coming from the bottom of the pool.

In order to polish off an exhausting day we hit up Steak 'n' Shake for of course, shakes on the way home :)

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Shopping and Boarding

5 September 2012

sunny 90 °F

Chive Blossom Cafe

Chive Blossom Cafe


I had missed going to the famous Pawleys Island Hammock shops last year so it was on my list for this time. I got over my laziness and by lunch time we were sitting at the Chive Blossom Cafe for lunch with Erica, Curt's sister. It was so busy we had to sit outside but it had reasonable shade. The food was great - Curt had crab and lobster salad, I had lump crab quiche and Erica and shrimp pasta.

We left happy for the shops where we strolled, picked up some souveneirs and had delicious ice cream. On the return trip we stopped to buy some boogie boards.

The rest of the day became a swim day for young....
Wave riding Hayden

Wave riding Hayden


Wave riding Elise

Wave riding Elise


and old.....
Riding the Waves

Riding the Waves


New Dragon Boogie Board

New Dragon Boogie Board


Serious Business

Serious Business

I think I enjoyed taking the pictures just as much as they did swimming.

Dinner was tuna steaks deliciously prepared on the grill.

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Harley Davidson Myrtle Beach

4 September 2012

sunny 91 °F

Harley Davidson of Myrtle Beach was calling our name so we hit that up first thing today. We considered renting some bikes but it was cost prohibitive. We decided to put that in to some more gear :)

They had a harley outlet too but it left something to be desired. I was hoping for Steak 'n' Shake but we never saw it so had lunch at Ruby Tuesdays. I was surprised with how good the food actually was.

After lunch we returned home for the normal activities of walking on the beach and reading.
sand sharks

sand sharks


Some one had become an artist and created these "sand sharks".
us with the sand art

us with the sand art


Dinner tonght - Salmon on the grill, green beans and salad. The fish is fresh from the market where Curt's Aunt and Uncle pick it up daily to grill.

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Lucky to be at the Beach

3 September 2012

sunny 93 °F

beach at Pawleys

beach at Pawleys


Why is it so healing to smell the ocean, stick your toes in the cool sand and hear the crash of the waves?
Pawleys Island

Pawleys Island


Curt and I were in emergent need of some relaxation time and his Aunt Linda provided the opportunity at Pawley's Island, South Carolina. She rents Pawley's Peach Beach House each year and invites the family to endulge for a week after labor day.

Yesterday we flew in to Myrtle Beach so we could wake up with the ocean this morning.
Hammock time

Hammock time


This is a good depiction of the activities for the day. Reading, napping and walking on the beach were the only taskings we had for the day.
horseshoe crab

horseshoe crab


We topped off a restful day with some grouper on the grill, fresh green beans and fried okra.

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St. Martinville and Vermillionville

1 September 2012

semi-overcast 90 °F

The best part of the weekend away was the Zydeco Breakfast at the Cafe des Amis. On Saturday mornings they have a zydeco band that plays so people can dance while they have their eggs. We tore up some beignets, grits, boudin omelet and scrambled eggs. Unfortunately the band was late so we only got to hear a few songs. The tiny dance floor was packed within minutes.

Another location on my quest for 1,000 things was St. Martinville. The cajuns are descendents of French settlers were expelled from Canada by the British. The group founded the community in 1760 on the Bayou Teche.
St Martinville Catholic Church

St Martinville Catholic Church


The town center revolves around the Church square which is one of the oldest Catholic Churches in the South with a congregation dating back to 1765. It was a one time called "Petit Paris" for upscale restaurants and theater. Today it only takes about 30 minutes to have a visit at all the sites.
Evangeline Oak

Evangeline Oak


The most famous site is the Evangeline Oak which was immortalized by Longfellow in his 1847 poem Evangeline. The poem is about to lovers reunited following their tragic separation during the expulsion from Canada.
Vermillionville

Vermillionville


I couldn't resisit hitting up the Vermillionville living museum on the way home in Lafayette. Luckily we didn't make a special trip for this and it ended up being free with our military ID. It is a recreation of a Cajun village set over 23 acres. I don't know if it was because of the storm or what but we seemed to be the only people there and the workers in period attire ended up being only one person. It didn't take long before we were on the road to home.
House of Healing

House of Healing

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