Shopping is a good way to let the sunburns heal, so we strolled the Sponge Docks again, ducking into ice-cream parlors and sponge boutiques. We spotted a seafood shop. Linda nudged me in the ribs.
"Maybe we should fish around there," she gigged.
I spotted a leather shop that boasted of eel-skin products at two for one. I bought a wallet for $19. Nope, the twofer deal didn't apply to wallets. Still, not a bad buy … and a timely one, considering the condition of my current wallet.
Farther down the walk, we spotted a cigar roller. Not much of a smoker, I'm occasionally tempted by a few puffs on a well-rolled stogie. Brent and photographer Gary Bogdon chatted and joked with the amiable Cuban-American as he rolled the soft, fragrant leaves.
Outdoors is the best place to smoke a cigar, or better yet, the boat dock when it's bathed in an orange sunset, with the sound of shorebirds wading in the flats nearby, and maybe the tinkle of ice cubes in a well-mixed refreshment. Add a little laughter to round it off. The better way to finish a day, and we had three more to go.