Today is a lay day in Beaufort, SC to rest and to explore this charming town. Our sleep-deprived bodies demand a day off. We respond by accumulating over 10 hours of sleep and spending a lazy morning aboard Cutter Loose. By noon, our personal battery banks are recharged. We are ready to resume travel and exploration.
The afternoon is devoted to a walking tour of Beaufort. This town has invested heavily in revitalizing its waterfront, including a promenade and a well-designed town green with many public gathering spots abutting the rear of Main Street restaurants and retail establishments. As such, one can gain access to these businesses from either Main Street or the town green. All of the restaurants along this row offer outdoor seating from which patrons engage in people-watching while absorbing views of the park and the river beyond.
In the evening, we gather together with buddy boats Catspaw and Island Spirit at Breakwater to plan the days ahead and recount the highlights of our winter cruise. Already, the discussion is trending towards cruising plans for next winter.
Today is a significant calendar event in that it marks the one year anniversary of my retirement. Without a doubt, our time on the water during the past year has been one of the most rewarding and unforgettable experiences of our lives. We continue to learn, be more relaxed, visit new places and meet new and interesting people every day.