North Carolina Part II: Tabor City

Hi Folks, since this is a blog about BOTH of our adventures… It is only fair that Mike gets to tell his side of the story once in a while. This option has turned out to be a great one for me when I get behind on writing about our trip. His delivery is much more direct and to the point. We are in South Carolina at the moment, and I will start working on a summary of our stay here beginning in the morning. Thanks for checking in!

 

Yogi Bear Jellystone Park at Daddy Joe’s        www.taborcityjellystone.com

Mon 1/6.         Left Kinston at 11:07 and drove south to Tabor City, near SC NC border.  Rain and wind the whole trip, except stopped raining the last 45 minutes. Sun came out when we parked, but very blustery and temperature falling rapidly.  Unpacked and stayed inside with cable tv on.  Dina baked pork tenderloin with leftovers.  Prepared for temps in teens.

Tues 1/7.         17 degrees at 8:30, so maybe 15 for low.  Less wind.  Stayed inside, except to take dogs to park or walk on trails or beside lakes.  Nice clean park with concrete pads and cable tv.  Drove into town for groceries and other errands.  Snacked and napped and watched tv.  Dina made crab cakes for dinner with salad and asparagus.

Weds 1/8.        Cold start at 19, but no wind.  Warmed up after noon.  Talked to owner Rick and extended our stay here.  Told him about coax problem and he called yearly winterer Jack, who came over with tools and spliced a new end on the cable.  Satellite dish works, but looks like moisture entered tuner box at the connection with cable.  There’s rust visible, so this may be an issue because it won’t lock onto the DirecTV satellite.  More work to be done.  Dina ran errands in town and picked up our first delivery and wrote some.  I cleaned some outside and built the campfire.  Dina grilled sausage and baked potatoes a gratin with salad.

Thurs 1/9.           Warm day with some clouds.  Did some more work on coach outside.  Dina took Cessna to local vet for annual shots.  Planned next trips to South Carolina and made a reservation at a park between Columbia and Greenville.  Started the fire about four.  Baked sweet potatoes on grill, then steaks.  Put most things under cover for rain in the forecast.

Fri 1/10.            Stray shower, warm and windy.  Ate late breakfast, cleaned up, prepared for rain.  Drove with dogs to North Myrtle Beach, parked and walked Main Street up and down to the beach front.  Condo after condo with public access to beach every so often.  Drove further south to dog friendly Irish pub with a view of the ocean. www.mollydarcy.com  Sat out on the patio and had one drink.  The waves were large with the northeast wind, and it got chilly when clouds thickened.  So we drove to Myrtle Beach to another dog friendly bar we found on www.bringfido.com , but we went inside and dogs stayed in car.  No view, so only had one drink. Then we drove on to another ocean view on the beach, but it was closed.  Then went to Sea Captains House restaurant with a nice view till dark, and ate a delicious seafood dinner.  Drove back to site through light rain and arrived at 8:30.  Walked dogs, then I retired, while Dina planned more trips.

Sat 1/11.              Warm and expected rain.   Wind came up before storm, so took screen off the front windshield, so it wouldn’t blow off later.  And went on roof to take down tarp, which wasn’t attached very securely and could have been ripped from the bungee cords and duct tape used for the job.  Stayed inside and read and watched football and ate.  Dina did inside chores.  Strong Storm came about four, then rain till about eight.  Walked dogs, then lay in bed with game on, but read.

Sun 1/12.              Nice, clear, cool, then windy midday.  Around noon, drove to Wilmington for dog food and AutoZone.  Then parked downtown on the waterfront.  We walked the dogs along the boardwalk edge of the Cape Fear river.  A few boats were parked along the small marina and across the river was the USS Battleship North Carolina. www.battleshipnc.com Next, we turned up one block and walked back along street with many shops and dog friendly bars.  Decided to go back to Fat Tony’s Italian pub and grill, which had a large covered deck in the back with a view of the river between two buildings. www.fatpub.com Had drinks and fried calamari appetizer and listened to Carolina NFL game being played on all the TVs in the town.  Drove back to site right at sunset, cooling down with no wind.  Watched next game on tv and grilled BBQ chicken.  Walked the dogs and read before sleep.

Mon 1/13.            Drove south past Conway and Myrtle beach to Brookgreen Gardens. One of the Top 10 Gardens in the U.S. by TripAdvisor. www.brookgreen.org No dogs allowed, so they stayed in coach.  Got there a little after noon and walked the grounds, looking at the garden and artwork.  Then walked along path displaying views and artifacts from a slave-run rice farm.  Then walked through zoo with domesticated animals, wild birds, birds of prey, otters, alligators.  Then went into gift shop to look.  Drove back to site at 4:30.  One dog had accident that Dina worked to clean.  Built campfire with mild temperature, then grilled burgers.  Ate and covered everything for rain that came late.

Tues 1/14.           Rainy day till three.  Sun came out near sunset.  Stayed in.  Read.  Walked dogs.

Weds 1/15.          Mostly sun and warm.  Cleaned some after rains.  Tried to catch a catfish but gave up to build campfire and relax.  Cooked outside: bootlegger beans, Mac n cheese, and hot dogs.

Thurs 1/16.            Colder, hi 43.  Did a few chores till two.  Then drove to Lake Waccamaw State Park to walk dogs on trail. http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/lawa/main.php Left about sunset and stopped halfway back to our site in Whiteville for texmex at San Jose Mexican Restaurant?  Very good and cheap.  Back home read and walked dogs and prepared for 20s.

Fri 1/17.                Decent day to drive to Southport and ride ferry to Bald Head Island.  Sunny, cool, a bit breezy in the lo 50s.  Walked the dogs all over the island, where golf carts only allowed by the residents. No cars except workers. Nice beach, deserted, of course.  Made way to historic lighthouse after two and a half hours, but it was closed.  Finished back at harbor for food and drink at Mojos on the harbor. www.mojosontheharbor.com At 4:30, rode ferry back, then drove home just before dark.  Read, very tired, went to bed to read, left Dina to finish dogs.

Sat 1/18.               Cold and wind till near sunset.  Stayed in and read.  Went out for awhile to pack a few things and tried to wax, but too cold.  Walked dogs at sunset and tried to catch a fish.  Dina made goolash.  Watched tv and read.

Sun 1/19.              Cool and windy, but not as bad as predicted.  Went to grocery store to stock up, back just after noon.  Put away the cache and cleaned outside and loaded car.  Owner Rick Coleman and wife Sandy came by to talk.  They are very nice people.  Watch the first game outside with dogs while working.  Then built campfire and relaxed with second game on muted and music playing from iPad.  Dina made huge feast, including a whole chicken in the crockpot.  Ate, walked dogs and read a little before sleep.  Going to Cummins Atlantic shop tomorrow on way to South Carolina.

 

The riverwalk in downtown Wilmington

The riverwalk in downtown Wilmington

Inside the Aviary at Brookgreen Gardens

Inside the Aviary at Brookgreen Gardens

The Beach at Bald Head Island

The Beach at Bald Head Island

The marshes on Bald Head Island

The marshes on Bald Head Island

One of the beautiful sunsets from Daddy Joe's

One of the beautiful sunsets from Daddy Joe’s

The Battleship USS North Carolina in Wilmington

The Battleship USS North Carolina in Wilmington

Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is lined with condos and beach houses

Myrtle Beach is lined with condos and beach houses

The pier at Lake Waccamaw State Park

The pier at Lake Waccamaw State Park

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Daddy Joe's

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Daddy Joe’s

Outside the Monaco at dusk

Outside the Monaco at dusk

The Cherry Grove District of North Myrtle Beach

The Cherry Grove District of North Myrtle Beach

The Pegasus Sculpture at Brookgreen Gardens

The Pegasus Sculpture at Brookgreen Gardens

Drinks and snacks in the warm afternoon sun on Fat Tony's Patio in downtown Wilmington.

Drinks and snacks in the warm afternoon sun on Fat Tony’s Patio in downtown Wilmington.

Eagles at Brookgreen Gardens. The female only has 1/2 of her right wing. They were rescued and will live the rest of their lives in the bird sanctuary.

Eagles at Brookgreen Gardens. The female only has 1/2 of her right wing. They were rescued and will live the rest of their lives in the bird sanctuary.

The lush grounds of Brookgreen Gardens

The lush grounds of Brookgreen Gardens

Looking down the Live Oak Allee toward the Youth Taming the Wild Sculpture in Brookgreen Gardens

Looking down the Live Oak Allee toward the Youth Taming the Wild Sculpture in Brookgreen Gardens

Sunset from the ferry ride on the way back from Bald Head Island to Southport.

Sunset from the ferry ride on the way back from Bald Head Island to Southport.

Happy Penguins in the Brown Sculpture Garden at Brookgreen Gardens

Happy Penguins in the Brown Sculpture Garden at Brookgreen Gardens

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