A Whole Entry About Nothing

Trip Start Jul 29, 2010
Trip End Aug 07, 2010

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Tom and Dawn's Beach House, Carolina Beach, NC

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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Today was a travel day – nothing planned.  We enjoyed our complimentary breakfast and started our long journey to Carolina Beach, NC.  We were all antsy to “get there” but decided not to stop for lunch until we reach North Carolina – however at the visitor’s center the lady told us that there are no restaurants for … 30-40 miles?
She meant real restaurants, not fast food – but we are with a 5.5 and a 3 year old, surly she must have been confused.  It’s one thing for adults to stretch it out but kids don’t have that kind of discipline, especially sitting in the car all day.
Nevertheless, after a few miles we saw a sign for Bojangles - Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits (similar to KFC)…since three out of the four members of the family have never been there…and it was close… and we were hungry…and were not about to bring two cranky kids and even crankier adults to a fine dining place…we stopped.
As we grew closer to North Carolina the spirits and anxiety rose as well as the annoyance with the entertainment provided by our 5.5 year old daughter.  After almost seven hour of “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” even our three year old son had had enough…and our ears were burning with squeaky melodies of famous and annoying pop-tunes.
Whether these tunes were annoying before or after the trip is irrelevant.
We did the only thing your humble servants feverish brain could think of – stop at the nearest Best Buy where, a few days ago in New Jersey I saw a sale of Batman movies including our family’s new favorite “Batman: The Brave and the Bold”.
For those of you not familiar with this wonderful show, which saved our sanity, each kid friendly episode features Batman teaming up with another superhero to undo the dastardly deeds of the villain – all in half and hour or less.  The show is lighthearted and playful depicting the Dark Knight with a dry and ironic sense of humor – yes… Daddy likes it also (but I’m a sucker for superheroes anyway).
I guess this is the point to review the GPS given to us by a friend, we borrowed it had the newest maps on – but the software needs to be rewritten, not only couldn’t if find our hotel the day before, but it recalculated after every exit and to top off the shenanigans, while driving a stretch of 150 miles, after 90 miles it told me to turn around.  Luckily I printed the directions from Google maps –so no worries.
We finally reached Carolina Beach, NC and true to form our GPS tried to send up 10 miles out of the way.  Clearly something was wrong and after about 20 minutes of driving back and fourth in an area about half a mile long we decided to do the only logical thing to do when lost – we stopped for ice cream.
Needless to say at this point we were all ready to start walking back to New Jersey – but we call our charming hostess Dawn (from Tom and Dawn’s Beach House in Carolina Beach) – as it turned out were only a few blocks away.  Dawn met us at the ice-cream store and we followed her to the beautiful beach house.
This town-house faces the inlet, wonderful breeze on both balconies (one facing the inlet, the other the quite street) and has a big living room, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, three TVs (living room and both bedrooms) a great kitchen, a pool, a short walk (one and a half blocks) to the beach  and two parking spots.  Out daughter thought it was a castle – her own bathroom AND a TV in her room.
We went shopping in Food Lion, back to the townhouse and went to sleep – our relaxation has started.
I told you – a whole entry about nothing….
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greekcypriot on

What a great apartment. I just wonder how much money you paid for this.(Your daughter's castle)!!

laorfamily on

Popi, the apartment belongs to someone in the family - so the price was $0 ;)

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