Our first stop along the North Carolina coast was New Bern. New Bern is the second oldest city in North Carolina and has a population of about 28,000. We stayed at a very nice KOA (Kampground of America) just outside of town. New Bern has a quaint historic old town area to walk, shop and tour. But, for the trivia fans, New Bern is the birthplace of PEPSI cola. In his pharmacy, Caleb Bradham invented “Brad’s Drink,” which later he patented as Pepsi-Cola. Today, it is a small shop where you can purchase souvenirs or enjoy a Pepsi at the small recreated soda fountain.
Our next stop was Wilmington, NC. Wilmington is a large community inland to the infamous Cape Fear. While we were there, Wilmington was having their annual Riverfest Festival. The event was on the Wilmington boardwalk along the Cape Fear River. We absolutely love to attend local festivals! Once again, we walked the crowded boardwalk (sans Gretchen) looking at local artisans handiwork, listening to local bands and sampling local chow. Great Fun! We found a wonderful café with a balcony overlooking the boardwalk so we stopped for lunch, adult beverages and to people watch. Thankfully, the service was very slow and we could enjoy the views, sip our beverages and enjoy the beautiful weather and the day.
So far, the beaches we have visited are disappointing…compared to the Pacific. The Atlantic Ocean has an innumerable amount of fresh water inlets and waterways that create marshes and rivers that parallel and merge with the shoreline. These marshes are filled with sea grasses, sea oats and most certainly, mosquito nurseries. At times, I miss the rocky shoreline and the pounding surf of the Pacific.
Today, we arrived in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We are at a very large campground right on the Atlantic Ocean. While we cannot see the sea from our site, we can finally hear the surf! Our boys arrive on Thursday and we are looking forward to their visit!!!