|The water was unbelievably clear.
|We had to bundle up, but we took some nice rides.
|The jetties on a cold day...not a soul in sight!
|The jetties on the warmest day we had...some people, but not nearly as many as spring/summer!
The first order of business was getting breakfast from the best donut place in the world (or at least the Southeast U.S.A.): Thomas Donuts.
|Our first stop!
We also waited all year to go back to Dat Cajun Place. We found it last year and were glad to see it is thriving. I had the chicken jambalaya plate...which was delicious.
|Really good Cajun food that isn't too spicy...at least mine wasn't.
Great atmosphere and fantastic food. If you go, make sure you have plenty of time...it definitely isn't a fast food joint. It's a great place to watch football and have a beer...or two.
One of the nice things about having our bikes with us was that we could ride along and see things that we wouldn't have seen if we were in the car. As we rode to the beach, I stopped to watch this gray heron:
|This bird fascinated me.
We also came across a turpentine still while riding our bikes. As many times as CH has been to this park, he didn't know it was there.
|According to the history of St. Andrews State Park, this is a replica of a turpentine still "from the turpentine era when turpentine and rosin were indispensable to Naval stores."
We had lunch with some friends (MS is named after their brother) one day, and some friends of my in-laws another day. We didn't cook nearly as much as we usually do because of the weather. We fixed pasta with sausage one night:
|This turned out pretty well.
|We had a little basket that was perfect for the shrimp.
|Shrimp were ready to eat!
They cooked really quickly with CH shaking and turning them constantly.
|The finished meal.
Saturday we went to a farmer's market that is just over the bridge from St. Andrews. We went last year but there were more vendors there this time (probably because it wasn't New Year's Eve). Our favorite vendor was I Roll Lumpia. I had a couple of comments on the last Hodgepodge post asking what it is. I had no idea, either! Lumpia is a Philipino food, much like an eggroll, but I think the wrapper is a little thinner. The inside seemed to be mostly meat (as opposed to an eggroll that is mostly cabbage.)
|CH's was served with rice.
|MIne had a kind of pasta called pancit. The sauce was amazing!
We only had one day when it was warm enough to take off my sweatshirt & just have on a long-sleeved t-shirt, so we took advantage of it by riding our bikes to the beach and taking a stroll.
|Finally some sun and warmth!
Since we were riding our bikes we got to see a mama deer and her baby who were hiding in the grass.
|We watched her for a long time...until a lot of cars started stopping to see them.
We only had a couple of pretty sunsets. We missed the first one because we were driving back to the park after visiting with my in-laws' friends, but the second one made up for it.
|The pink hues were gorgeous! I took this picture from the edge of our campsite.
I don't remember ever seeing the water there being so clear. It looked like pool water:
|A school of fish off the pier
I played around with my camera a little as I stood at the edge of our campsite:
Our night-time view: