Monday, November 3, 2014

Nov. 1 & 2 - It Ended Up A Dark and Stormy Night

As we approached Belhaven, the weather forecast was beginning to look bleak. The winds were expected to go to gale force and stay that way for a while. So, we made the decision to hunker down here for a bit.

When we stop in Belhaven, we love to stay at the Belhaven Waterway Marina. It is a small marina run by a husband and wife team. It is within walking distance of the local restaurants. And, the owners will loan you a car if you need to go to the grocery store. They offer a laundry with one washer and one dryer. That's the bad news. The good news is that they are free! The other bad news is that there is only one bathroom. The good news is that the bathroom is fully equipped. The owners offer you soap, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion. Clean towels, washcloths, and mats are on the bench for your use. And, the bathroom is really decorated.

Halloween night was lovely. The temperature was cool, but you only needed a sweatshirt. We walked up to Fish Hooks for dinner. The best meal of the evening was the special- crab stuffed shrimp. Afterward, we stopped in the local variety store for ice cream. 

Saturday, November 1rst, started out beautifully. The sun was shining. The sky was blue. The clouds were building to the east. We went walking about town. First stop- the library. We love the Belhaven library! It is a gorgeous building. Every librarian we have met there has been so polite and helpful. And so very nice. They always have a hardback book sale- books for only $1.00! And, right by the desk, they have a rack of paperbacks that are free! And, they have free wifi and computers that you can use to check your email. Should you be stuck in Belhaven because of the weather, the library with its comfy seating areas is the perfect place to pass the time away.

We ate lunch at Spoon River. If you are ever in the area, be sure to eat here. The restaurant is making an effort to serve locally sourced food in interesting dishes. And, in our opinion, they do a great job. Everything was simply delicious. The best dish,though, was the house salad. For an extra $2, you could get it with chicken. So, we ordered the chicken. Check it out.

Yes, that is half a roasted chicken on that salad. Yes, most of it made it back to the boat. Chicken salad sandwiches are on the menu. 

As we headed back to the boat, the clouds were really beginning to fill the sky. And the wind began to blow. And blow. And blow. Since we certainly did not want to walk around in this weather, Susan and Gee planned another great meal. We had blueberry topped salmon served on a bed of butternut squash and pears. It was accompanied by Brussels sprouts sliced thin and sauteed with pecans. We enjoyed the meal. And, the wind just continued to blow.

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