This is it. The final installment of the Charleston Trilogy. And also the post I have been most excited about writing since we left. Since we were staying on a boat and all, we figured it would be foolish to not take full advantage of our temporary home and take the boat for a spin through the harbor.
We met Rob, the boat’s owner, along with his extremely fun and friendly crew at the dock at 3:30, and set sail at 4. Very luckily for us, it was the day of the Kentucky Derby, so the crew had brought all the supplies for some delicious mint juleps. Although I have always had mint juleps made with bourbon (and honestly, never really liked them), Rob told us they were traditionally made with brandy, which is what he had for us. It was one of the most refreshing and delicious cocktails I have ever had! Keeping the Derby theme, we all pulled horse names out of a bag, and then put a dollar into a pot to be kept by the person with the winning horse.
It was a gorgeous, sunny, and warm day. We lazed on the deck, beers in hand, while soaking up the sun and in the views as we motored our way to open water. Once we had made it,
we the crew raised the sails and were at the mercy of the wind, which was very cooperative with our plans and kept us cruising along quickly, although at a very steep angle. Danny couldn’t hide how nervous it made him to see one side of the boat nearly in the water haha!
As gorgeous as the weather had been, once the sun decided to go down, mother nature put on her real show. On one end of the boat, the sun was slowly sinking into the ocean, and on the other end, a full moon was rising casting a beautiful light on the water and the boat. While all that was going on in the sky, I saw dolphins swimming by and watched pelicans nose dive into the ocean to catch dinner. We popped champagne to celebrate the beauty of it all while Rocco sliced up some manchego cheese and crackers to hold us over until dinner. Because the boat was at such a tilt, Rocco had to brace himself at an angle to cut everything up.
The views were some of the best I’ve ever seen. It took me hours to sort through all the pictures I had taken! The temperature dropped pretty quickly, so we all took a quick snoop below deck to grab our jackets, and then quickly got back to taking everything in. One of the best things about taking a sail on a boat that doubles as your hotel is that everything you could want is right there with you. No need to pack and then later realize you didnt bring something warm enough. Want a quick nap? you could do that in your own bed. Want a warmer outfit? All of your clothes are just a few feet away. It was all so convenient!
Eventually, the sun completely left us, and we cruised back to our dock while my mind turned to dinner. It was already 9 PM! Although I was sad to be done with the sail, our dinner plans softened the blow since they involved copious amounts of fresh seafood at Hank’s. A trip to the coast is not complete for me without fried seafood and hushpuppies. I went for a hearty combination of shrimp, scallops, and oysters. We washed down our meal with cocktails at the Gin Joint, which my cousin had recommended.
Although we had grand plans of a night out, it didn’t take long for us to realize that our energy levels had been zapped by a day of drinking and sailing in the sun, so we decided to call it a night. We called an Uber, and we all fell asleep in the car! Our poor driver was going up and down our street because he couldn’t find our address and couldn’t wake us up haha (this also made for a steep Uber bill)! Eventually, he found it and got us to rise. We all shuffled our way back to the boat and quickly passed out. It was exhausting, but one of the best days I have had in a long, long time.