Coming to you from my beautiful morning view again.
Clint and Mary jumped out of bed this morning to place our chairs on the beach, so I’m taking a few short minutes to tell you about our day yesterday.
We were on the beach all day. We packed a great cooler full of snacks and drinks and sat on the beach ALL.DAY. The only disappointment was how rude people are, as we placed our chairs and then someone came and sat BETWEEN us and the ocean…seriously, like two feet away from us. I wanted to ask them to move, but my husband was too polite to let me. (As I type this now, I see that Clint and Mary placed our chairs in a different spot and someone has already placed theirs less than a foot to our right when a huge expanse of empty beach sits directly to our left…some people).
Around 1 p.m. yesterday we came up for lunch and made sandwiches and hung out a bit, then headed back down to the beach where we stayed until a cool breeze and a little rain ran us off. We played bananagrams (a scrabble-like game) and then went to a place called Sea n’ Suds for a raw oyster appetizer before we called in our dinner order at Steamers.
Now, our desire was to have a low country boil will all the best sea food, but we didn’t want it to be too spicy (for me) and we didn’t want to have to cook it, even though we wanted to eat it at our condo. A cab driver from yesterday told us Steamers was better than another place we had looked at to order from and we got more/better food. Crab legs, crawfish, shrimp, corn, sausage, potatoes, mussels and oysters. And lots and lots of butter. We had brought two loaves of french bread with us, so we used those to sop up the mess.
We talked about taking a photo to show you what it looked like after we finished, but we were embarrassed. Our inner fat kids sure did come out during the meal.
It was an adventure for me and Mary to get the steamer picked up though as apparently there are TWO Steamers located in Gulf Shores and myriad other restaurants that DO steamers. Called in our order at the right place and then after our oysters headed to pick it up at the wrong place. When we got to the wrong place, they not-so-helpfully directed us to the other place, so we called the other place and they not-so-helpfully gave us directions to their place, which we couldn’t find and then called and not-so-helpfully got directed to the VERY crowded restaurant then stood in line while no one would talk to us until we finally got our steamer (that obviously had been sitting on the counter for the last half hour, because it was pretty cold). Luckily, the boys had been baking the bread so the oven was still hot.
When we got back, we just popped that basket into the oven and let it steam itself a bit and then enjoyed. We tore into it in such a way, it was good that we weren’t in public, but we were not ashamed. We ate like savages with our hands and were covered with seafood juices and made a huge mess. We ate in almost complete silence. It was WONDERFUL!
After we cleaned up, we sat on the balcony watching people shoot off cheap firework and answering “would you rather” questions…Would YOU rather work or be at the beach?! DUH!