Drove the approximately 200 miles from Edenton, NC to Wilmington, NC in about 4 ½ hours south along US 17. The road was sometimes four lanes and sometimes only 2 but in good shape and little traffic because there were bypasses around all of the larger towns. Lots of cotton and soy bean fields line the highway with little towns empty of all but a few businesses. It was sad to see rusting silos, empty houses and barns overrun with vines.
Arrived at the Wilmington, NC KOA (Kampgrounds of America for those of you who are not campers). It is along business US 17 but actually quieter than I would have thought. The campground is quite nice with big sites, a dog park, nature trail, pool and a nice store. All we care about is its location close to Wilmington and the Atlantic Beaches such as Wrightsville and Carolina beaches. We drove to Wrightsville Beach this afternoon and walked along the shoreline. The Atlantic ocean here is incredibly warm unlike the Jersey shore; more like the Caribbean. There were only a few folks on the beach although many high school and college aged kids surfing the mini-waves. The sea was flat and lovely with clouds reflected in the shimmering shoreline. Dixie loved the walk though it is hot and humid here. A “V” shaped flock of about 20 brown pelicans flew overhead like immense B-52s in formation. Back at the campground, we saw lots of bluebirds. Later, there was the most magnificent sunset; fiery orange/pink reflected in the clouds. Nice day overall.