Manteo, on Roanoke Island, North Carolina
We are on a replica of a sailing ship used to move people and supplies from England to the new world in the late 1500’s. The ship normally carried a crew of about 25 people, but for long trips like this one they would double up to about 50 people, crew and passengers on a ship not much bigger than our motorhome. The 3 masted sailing ship averaged a speed of 5 knots making the voyage from Britain to North Carolina in 110 days one way.
Can you imagine spending 110 days with 50 other people in about 60 by 20 space so you could travel to the new world? Yesterday we talked about changes in technology. Think about this: This summer we watched Canadian Chris Hadfield in the International Space Station and he orbited the entire globe every 90 minutes.
While there we watched a blacksmith make a nail. It probably took him 5 minutes. I thought nails came from Home Depot!
Crossing oceans and making nails is hard work and it makes a guy hungry and thirsty. Fortunately Manteo has a new brew pub attached to a pretty funky restaurant. It’s called the Full Moon and this brewery and pub puts out some mighty good brews in a space of less than 300 square feet.
Blame it on Marilyn
They have an article pinned to the wall about the world’s small and classy bars and rate themselves as about 8 or 9 on the scale of small and classy. While waiting for our lunch we are reading the list and realize we have been in both numbers 1 (Key West) and 2 (Cabo San Lucas). My point in all this is that I never visited any of these bars until I got hooked up with Marilyn. And now I’ve visited 3. She would say that she had never been in any of them either but that’s not the point. This is my blog and my rules.
“Hark, now hear the sailors cry,
smell the sea, and feel the sky
let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic…” Van Morrison