August 26, 2013 by Last Star blog
If you’ve ever lived in Austin then SXSW means “South by SouthWest” to you and that means an ever expanding music festival. As our UT student was visiting us for a last get together before he was back off to Austin to continue his studies and spend lots of time at the library (dreaming! He’s always on 6th street hanging in the bars) we thought we’d do some sight-seeing. As the weather was not kind to us we spent too much time on the boat but did get down to Southport NC that just happens to be SXSW from our current location of Carolina Beach.
In the days leading up to our sight-seeing we spent hours below “kindling” and texting and using the Android to death.
There was also some chess playing with our friend Dirk R. Seems age triumphed over beauty in this epic battle of half-wits.
We also had a break in the clouds to get to the beach for short periods. As we’ve logged about a decade’s worth of sun in the last 8 months I was glad for the respite.
When we finally got the rental car and took our trip the weather was quite nice. We scooted south from Carolina Beach, blew through Kure Beach and continued to Fort Fisher. There we took the ferry to SouthPort in anticipation of a great lunch at the Yacht Basin Provision Co. (Yaut Basin in the Garmin). The Provision Co is a bit unorthodox in that you order like a fast food place, help yourself to whatever drinks you like (beer, soda, tea, etc) from a fountain or refrigerator then take a seat and they will bring you your food.
Now the food was fantastic. Patricia had the shrimp platter special and they were seasoned to perfection–a home mix of spices rather than the over used “Old Bay”. That mix is fine for the rookie home user but a restaurant should have their own blend–well done Provision CO. Cole and I had the Mahi sandwiches. Very nice piece of fish and cooked perfectly. Great sandwiches.
After a filling lunch we were off to take in some sites.
We spent about an hour walking around and then it was back in the car to return to Last Star. The next day we’d be taking Cole back to Raleigh to catch an airplane for Texas. Cole was pretty sad to realize that this would be his last night on Last Star as we’ll be selling her soon before he has another break from school. During our 12 months aboard he spent easily 60 days with us, he became quite attached to his little v-berth. His home (sort of) away from “dorm”.
Oh and from the Art Dictator…