Our first stop for the day was the Angel Oak Tree which is an amazing live oak which is estimated to be 300-400 years old. The circumference of the trunk is 25 feet. It provides 17,000 square feet of shade and it's longest branch is 89 feet long! It is just so huge and beautiful. It is called the Angel Oak because Angel was the last name of the original owners of the property where the tree is located. Brock spent some time visiting with a gentleman in the gift store and he gave us some ideas on where we might find boiled peanuts to try and he also recommended that we check out Charles Towne Landing State Park.
We headed from there to the first possible location for boiled peanuts. First impressions were good. The trailer looked clean and friendly. The nice man inside said there was just one problem, he sold fresh shrimp not peanuts. :O) He was so nice and told us we SHOULD try boiled peanuts and told us to make sure and take the shell off before we eat them. He told us there was different flavors and that we should try a flavor instead of plain at this time of year since the peanuts would be dry. (??) He told us that if he had boiled peanuts he would be eating them right then. He also said to just keep our eyes open for stands alongside the road. As we were leaving, he came out of his trailer to the car to give us a handful of Georgia pecans. He said he realized that we probably didn't have those in Oregon either and that we should try them. Brighton tried his pecan tonight and said it was really good...sweet.
We punched in Charles Towne Landing onto the gps and started driving that way. On the road, the gps alerted us that there was a Diners, Drive-ins & Dives location in the area. We decided to be spontaneous and give it a shot. We maneuvered to Early Bird Diner and saw a fairly full tight parking lot which is always a good sign. The six of us walked in and sat at the counter which was a new experience for all of us. It was a fun funky place. Guy Fieri's autograph was on the wall just above the door to the kitchen which was right in front of us. Skylar was not TOO daring and tried a grilled cheese with french fries, but he thought they were good. Brighton had fried pickles with a side of homemade mac n'cheese. These were homemade pickles, breaded and fried and served with a homemade remoulade. I don't think Brighton like the pickles as well as the ones we tried at Fish Tales, but I thought they were great. I tried chicken and waffles which I'd heard of before, but never tried. The waffles had cinnamon in the batter. The chicken was perfectly breaded and fried extra crispy. It was served with a homemade honey mustard and maple syrup on the side. Really delicious! Brock got chicken fingers (which were just as good as my chicken) and fries. Brynna had a FGT (Fried Green Tomato) sandwich with bacon and the same remoulade and fries and she liked it. Spencer had a kids burger with a side of fried okra. Crazy right? Everyone enjoyed the experience there. We did decide the boiled peanuts would have to wait until tomorrow because we were all stuffed.
|One of the funniest things was that they had their tea dispensers with fresh-brewed iced tea filled with a locally made tea, and they had the pictures above them "Unsweet T" and "Sweet T". |
Cracked me up.
|The otters were so fun! They shot like torpedoes along |
the glass as the kids ran back and forth.
|Can you believe it is January? Beautiful flowers and a high of 76 degrees today!|
|More of the settlements security apparatus. |
Do you think Spencer has a future in acting?
|Aboard the Adventure looking for little fish in the river.|
|Brighton and the Adventure|
|Brock and Bryn|
|We even found a geocache in the park. It was a pretty easy one and there|
wasn't much of interest in the box, but it was still fun to put our name
in the notebook.
|On the grounds of the gardens of the Waring-Legares property. Mrs. Waring is the person|
who had the foresight to donate the land for the creation of the park.
|The alligator in the pond.|
|The sunset on the drive back to the trailer. So nice...|
We came home and had a quiet evening at the trailer.