Day 7, Jan 12
We started our morning a short distance down the road at Horton Pond. A beautiful little inland pond, it is outfitted with an observation deck and a floating platform that attracts basking turtles and alligators. From the viewing platform we saw a few birds and a turtle head poking out of the water. In the distance we could also see a floating alligator, appearing to be maybe 5’ long.
There was a .7 mile trail around the pond, and we headed off on that with the dogs. The trail was beautiful and wide and the temperature was already in the 60’s.
When we got off the trail, Tom looked down and saw Jasper’s head covered with tiny, red ticks! We headed into the town of Brunswick where I knew that they had a PetSmart. Originally planning to buy treatment shampoo and do our own baths, PetSmart offered to do the bathing for us. Not only that – but they moved the pups to the front of the line. This worked out well for Charlie, and he was washed and dried and rid of the ticks. But Jasper was another story: He had so many ticks that they were starting to attach. The laws require the pet store to STOP at any time that it is evident veterinary treatment is needed – and it prevents groomers from removing ticks! So bathed, but still wet, we headed off to the Doggie ER with Jasper! Because both dogs had tick treatment/medicine last week, the vet said the attached ones would die and fall off. SO – home we rushed to finish drying Jasper! They were already falling off by the time we got back to the camper!
Here are pictures of two clean doggies -- and a slightly embarrassed Jasper!
Dinner tonight . . . from Poteets Fish Market! We had never eaten and had no idea what to do with Soft-Shell Blue Georgia Crabs. But, when we were at Poteets, a customer told us they were her favorite, just sautéed in butter – eaten soft-shell and al!
They were frozen and tonight I got them out of the freezer after reading a bit about how to cook. One recipe I saw said to dredge them in seasoned flour and sauté in a skillet. I had no flour, so I crushed up some crackers and made a seasoned cracker breading to coat them in. Tom heated the cast-iron skillet on the propane burner and threw on some butter and added the heavily-cracker-coated-crabs. They browned quickly on one side in 2 minutes, and were flipped and the temperature turned down. Tom put a lid on and let them simmer/cooked for a few more minutes.
How to describe? They were “soft” shell, and the shell was more like a chicken skin than a shell. The flavor was delicious and the cracker crumbs suited them, and we liked them a lot. Our biggest thought was that they were NOT the Alaska Crab that we had two summers ago!
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2018 25' Airstream Serenity with Salsa interior and front twin beds., and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown