C'est la Vie is a 1966 Charlie Morgan 34.

Her home port is Everglades City, FL. Our typical cruising area is Southwest Florida, the Florida Keys, the Southeastern Atlantic Seaboard, and the Bahamas. We are C'est la Vie's third owners and purchased her in 2005. We continue to maintain and update this classic vessel. Please post any questions or comments about C'est la Vie or our travels via the comment links below.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

July 28 a restful day in Charleston, SC

After a super night sleep we awoke and we were ready to tackle the heat index of 114. NOAA repeated often on the radio to check in on the elderly and that visitors needed to drink plenty of fluids. So, with water bottles full and in hand we set off to find a book store. *back story- I gave Jeff a book by a Florida author, Bob Morris prior to leaving on the trip. When we were in Marathon we found his second novel in the free lending library at Boot Key Harbor. I love lending libraries! Well we are in search of his third novel called Bermuda Schwartz. Harder to find his work the further north we travel.*
There is a great bookstore called Blue Bicycle Bookstore on King St. We have no idea where that is or how far but we are going to find it. Let the walking on land begin! As we exited Origami, we start to make a plan. We walk the plank that leads from the dock to land. This guy passes us and as we exchange good morning greetings Jeff asks, "can you tell us how to get to King St.?" Yes, it runs parallel to the water a few blocks up. Oh, good-not too far I think. He asks us what are we looking for- a book store I pipe up. Oh, he knows of the Blue Bicycle but not sure which way to go but he thinks his girlfriend would know. They are about to go on a road trip and she is at the gas station. He asks us if we would like a ride to the store. “Sure”, we said in unison. He looks at us and then says sheepishly maybe I should ask my girlfriend first. Yes, that is a good idea! She says yes and we were on our way. I love marina people. They drop us off and we began a super town day.
Bookstore, lunch at a pizza shop, handmade chocolates for dessert, half moon outfitters and then another bookstore, mailing postcards, home. All along our walk we were delighted with beautiful architecture, wonderful shop windows to peer into and shade! On our way back home we pass a bar called Salty Mikes with a sign outside announcing that they make yummy dark and stormy drinks- one of my favorites that Cameron Hilton introduced to me. We decide that we should go back to the boat for a bit and then come in for happy hour and have dinner aboard. Perfect idea.
Such ideas are meant to be altered. We were there for happy hours instead of one. We had fried dinner and were entertained by some great karaoke. Great in its awfulness as well as good singers. We used our phones to text friends and ask questions about stories that we had mixed up and made new friends.
It was a fun evening.
Another great night of sleep.

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