Monday, January 31, 2011

Hannah Banana's Sunshine Cabana, Murrells Inlet, SC

On Saturday afternoon, Paul and I found this great restaurant and bar, Hannah Bananas Sunshine Cabana, on the Waccamaw River and Marina in Murrells Inlet. It was a sunny afternoon so we stopped in to have a cool drink and a snack, while enjoying the view. The waitress told us that Salty Dog, local performers, would be playing on Sunday afternoon so we thought about coming back.

Hannah's also offer a "sober shuttle". If you call, they will pick you up at home and bring you back again, after your evening at their pub.

We ordered a totally unhealthy snack of deep fried potato chips covered in blue cheese and green onions with a ranch dipping sauce. And since I am unable to get Molson Canadian beer here in the US pubs, I have found a close second, in taste - Yuengling (ying-ling) Amber Lager which is really nice.

We stayed at Hannah's until just about sunset.

Sunday afternoon had the perfect temperature to sit outside on a deck, drinking a cool one(s) and enjoying live music, with the sun shining. Salty Dog played a variety of music, from country to bluegrass.

Paul was in his element - live music!

Hannah's is surrounded by boats from the marina. Some of its customers motor up in their boat and dock at the restaurant.

I think Paul and I have found a new place to eat out as they serve a great burger also.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Happy 91st Birthday

My Mom is 91 years young today.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

An Afternoon at Georgetown, SC

Earlier this week we decided to take a drive to the Georgetown area which is about 20 miles from Surfside Beach. It was a sunny day with little wind so it was a nice afternoon for a walk along the marina.

My sister and brother-in-law are visiting, and being sailors, they were interested in looking at the sail boats in the marina and having a chat with a local sailor.

This was one of the larger boats at the marina. It was very impressive.

A photo with my sister.

We stopped into the River Room Restaurant to see their menu for another time, and took a few minutes to enjoy their aquarium. The fish were quite colourful and the coral very unique. Since red is my favourite colour, the little red fish was most interesting to me.

There is a very nice fish market in Georgetown so we stopped there to buy a couple of pounds of fresh shrimp. When we got home, our brother-in-law made this awesome pasta for our dinner.

Yes, it was as delicious as it looks!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Morris Island Shelling Trip

This week Paul and I took a shelling day trip with the local shelling club, of which we are members during our time in Surfside Beach.

We took our boat from Shems Creek to Morris island, near Charleston Harbour. As we left Shems Creek we could see all the shrimp fishing boats.

We travelled again this year with Captain Chris. It was a rather small open boat with 12 anxious shellers aboard.

It was an uneventful ride of about 20 minutes to Morris island. The morning was a little overcast but turned into a beautiful sunny day.

Irm and I strolled along the beach looking for treasures. Large trees, at some time, had washed up on the beach. They were like amazing pieces of artwork.

It was a beautiful day to stroll all this beach.

Here we are, Irm and I, two happy shellers with all our treasures. I found several Tun Shells which were considered a good find by the experienced shellers. I will post a photo in a later blog.

Well, Paul was the envy of the shelling trip after finding this extremely large shark tooth. He has just started to collect sharks teeth and to find this one certainly made his day worthwhile. He found several others but this one was worthy of a photo!

There were lots of starfish on the beach as well as other shells.

After a good day of shelling, it is always nice to take a rest near the dunes and enjoy a picnic lunch. Irm shared her delicious cookies with me.

From Morris Island we were able to enjoy several nice views:

- Fort Sumter, Charleston (landmark of the start of the American Civil War)

Charleston Bridge, SC

All the shellers waiting for Captain Chris and his boat to return to Morris Island to pick us up. Karen, the organiser of our trips, had quite a successful day by the look of her wagon.

I must admit that I am not the bravest when it comes to travel on the water. So after being on loppy water in the small boat with 12 other people for 30 minutes, I was happy to get my feet on land again.

It was a great day with nice people and we are planning our next trip soon.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Snippets of Our Day

We started our day with a hot breakfast on our deck enjoying the warmth of the sun, being sheltered from the wind, and watching for dolphins. We were fortunate to see a few swim by.

Paul enjoys watching the pelicans fly over.

A pathway through the dunes to the beach.

Enjoying a few moments on the deck to work on my craft. I am making a baby afghan to donate to our Hospital Gift Shop.

On our walk we found another area to watch Northern Cardinals. This is such a pleasure for us as we do not see them at home.

Views of the waterway along our walk, which is a great bird watching area.

We were very fortunate to discover this owl in one of the trees.

We decided to finish our walk on the beach. There were lots of shore birds to watch, along with an interesting brown bird.

Watching the waves near the pier is always fun.