Fishing for Fort Fisher

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

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Flag of United States  , North Carolina
Monday, August 2, 2010

We wisely, or unwisely – that remains to be seen, decided that one day of rest is plenty and scoured the local attractions.  Since we picked the hottest week of the year to go we reverted to what has became known as our “Virginia Strategy” from two years past.  Basically go out touring in the morning and spend lunch / afternoon time resting and enjoying the pool / beach / hotel / house – whatever, you get the picture.
But first things first – we must have a nutritional breakfast to start the day.  We got out the oatmeal, vegetables, eggs and…put them right back in the fridge, got our keys and headed to … “Britts Donut Shop”. Since it has gotten the title of “Second Best Donut Shop in the Country” the shop has been a target of pilgrimage for many people who worship Donuts and the Donut god – one Homer Simpson.
Britts only serves one kind of donut, glazed; it is delicious and melts in your mouth.  The service though lacked some luster. A bunch of teenagers who looked like they must have been indentured servants and we got the feeling they were doing us a tremendous service by handing over six donuts and two cups of coffee.
May Homer bless those poor souls.
We had no clue where to go; there are several attractions around the Carolina Beach area.  However, one of them stood out – Fort Fisher.  A civil war fort which protected the coast so the South could get supplies into Wilmington.  We figured it would be fun, educational for the kids, they would learn about the war and a nice ride.  That is how we justified it to ourselves, in reality we went because it’s free.
If we didn’t feel like we were in the south until now, that feeling changed immediately upon passing “President Davis” Ave.  Jefferson Davis was the President of the Confederate States of America.  Fort Fisher is small, very historic and nice.  There is a small museum, a small gift shop (air conditioned, Homer bless them), and displays.  From what we understand there are events there, however when we went there was nothing.  We walked around the trail, climbed up to the cannon positions, learned a few things and were back in the car after spending some more time in the museum.  Our kids even got a Fort Fisher Jr. Reserve badge – for the Confederate Army one can only assume.
By now it was lunchtime; we decided to chance a place on the way back and stopped at Big Daddy.  A huge restaurant which, we understood was quite famous.  The food was good, we’ve had better and we’ve had worst.  Back to the house for some rest and relaxations before heading to the North Carolina boardwalk to take the kids on the carnival ride.
Being from New Jersey, our “busy” means loads of people.  From what we understood from the carnival workers – who were all very nice and professional – is that tonight is a bit busy, only that by NJ standards it was practically empty.
Not that we’re complaining mind you, our kids went on every ride they wanted without a line.
Another wonderful day where the kids went to sleep exhausted.
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