Hampton Inn Wilmington-University Area/Smith Creek Station
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... almost no traffic either way. With the current astern and not a breath of wind, we finally made the turn-out at G 177. There wasn't enough daylight left to get to Wrightsville Beach (read marinas) so we opted for overnighting at the Carolina Beach State Park Marina. After a really tasty meal of leftovers we played backgammon until time to crash. As Bugs Bunny used to say, "That's all folks," and to mimic Johnny Carson , A
... for second time on this voyage and just came back from Restaurant. Irish coffee's, soup and salad. Our lil' heater hooked up to shore power has not let us down. Its 55 but seems colder. Surely the wind chill is factor here. Our traveling friend s are now in Florida and we are a couple of days from Oriental NC. We have ...
... sold on tap at that pub. We got to try 3 different options and they were all pretty darn tasty. I even didn’t mind the IPA which is my least favorite beer. We asked him about places to go in town and he suggested Bon Appetit, a brunch place known for southern food. We put that fact in our pocket and walked around a bit more. After stopping at a cute little coffee shop to warm up our bodies we made our way back to the van and found ourselves a campsite. So as I said before, NC ...
... br> While today's trip, in less-than-optimal conditions, got us past the Cape Fear and into a safe harbor --- well protected, good amenities, good friends to hang with --- it is infinitely easier than having to do it in sub-freezing temperatures and deadly chill factors that the next few days will certainly bring. This way we can continue to travel in relatively protected water to Myrtle ...
... the end of the night I was in beer and deli Nirvana.
Our final night in North Carolina proved to be a perfect ending to the time spent there. From the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway, to the alluring draw of Asheville, to the grandiose Biltmore Estate, to the incredible kindness of our hosts, Matt, Alicia, Hannah, Ed, Ann, Joe and Grandma (to whom we can never thank enough), North Carolina had treated us extremely well.