Tuesday, January 19, 2016

On the Boat

Today is National Popcorn Day! To get you started, here are some facts about popcorn.

Americans eat around 17 billion quarts of popcorn every year. This amount would fill the Empire State Building 18 times.
Nebraska produces an estimated 250 million pounds of popcorn per year
more than any other state. This is equivalent to a quarter of all the popcorn the United States produces every year.

Popcorn is the official snack of Illinois. 

Since 1958, there has been an annual “Popcorn Day.”

We began our day in Santee, South Carolina.

Yes, we are supposed to be in the south. And, yes, the morning was that cold. We did hop in the car and head on to Georgia in hopes that it would be warmer. Lucky for us, it was somewhat warmer - all of 40 degrees or so. We thought it was even warmer because we were really busy. 

Mike and Carol got to work immediately on prepping the boat. Gee and Peggy went out hunting and gathering so we don't go hungry on this extended voyage.

We started at Bed, Bath and Beyond. We really need a new carafe for hot water here on LUX. Ours is no longer keeping water hot. Those of you who have sailed with us know that we like to keep a pot of hot water readily available. You just never know when the urge for a lovely cup of cocoa will strike! But, Dear Readers, NEVER try to ask someone under the age of 30 in Bed, Bath, and Beyond if they have a thermal carafe. Not one of the three people we asked had a clue. The closest we came was the one salesperson who offered to look it up in the catalog. Seriously? And, yes, we tried all the synonyms  we could think of for carafe - thermos, hot pot, pump pot, etc. They all just stared blankly at us. You would have thought we were speaking in some unknown language! In other words, we did not buy a new carafe at this time.

It is now the end of the day. Groceries were gathered. Sails were put up. Rental car was returned. And, we had a lovely dinner purchased from the hot bar at Harris Teeter. We would have indulged in a lovely meal at the restaurant here at the marina. Coastal Kitchens has a lovely menu. We just won't be sampling the food. Once again, Mike and Gee visit closed America. Coastal Kitchens is closed until Wednesday.

We won't be here on Wednesday - even though that's only tomorrow. We'll be leaving at the Crack of Dawn in order to get around Jekyll Island before low tide. If we don't get the timing right, the next report from us will be as we wait for the tide to lift us off the sandbar!

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