Living on the coast, Independence Day weekend isn’t complete without being on or in a body of water.
Friday morning, I went Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) with a bunch of friends since it was Amy’s birthday. Over 20 of us reserved boards or kayaks at Nature’s Adventures on Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant, where we spent almost 3 hours on the water, followed by lunch at Red’s Ice House (I was not a huge fan of Red’s food or service, but at least I was surrounded by friends).
Stand up paddleboarding is a lot harder than it looks, and it’s quite the workout. Thanks to yoga classes, I didn’t have any trouble balancing on the board, but the wind and current were pretty strong, and it was high tide. Paddling against that current to go downstream was pretty tough. I can’t see myself purchasing a paddleboard or being a regular, but it was fun trying it.
I was outside my comfort zone on the board, but it’s good to challenge comfort zones sometimes. We’re talking about another trip before school starts and maybe a Fall kayak trip, so I hope I can go again. You can’t beat hanging out with the Moore On Running group.
Besides stand up paddleboarding, Clay cooked Asian-style salmon for me and smoked ribs on his big green egg. He loves that smoker/grill. I don’t eat ribs but I love watching him cook because he’s pretty passionate about meat. He never uses recipes, just kind of makes things up on the fly but they turn out really good.
Clay knows how to make a lot of foods. On the other hand, I know how to make restaurant reservations…
We took our food over to our friends Kelsey and Ian’s house for dinner. They provided the sides and we had Mexican style corn, Greek salad, potatoes, and gelato for dessert. Maybe I should surrender my ‘MERICA card since every element of the meal was from another country, but the U.S. is a melting pot so it’s cool.
I hope everyone had a great Independence Day holiday and fun weekend!