Memories from Wilmington
We arrived here on Thursday after a fun and easy overnight run from Charleston. Unfortunately, we timed the outgoing tide wrong – or rather the chart program did – either way, the result was the same, swimming upstream against an outgoing tide – and everything took longer. Not a problem for us however, with the exception of the extra fuel and longer run, I was able to take advantage of the extreme smooth ride going up the Cape Fear River and have a great work out and get some boat chores done ahead of our arrival into Wilmington.
After arriving, the slips weren’t ready yet so we tied alongside the fuel dock and had a little look around. The marina is about a 3-4 hour run up the Cape Fear river after passing Bald Head Island and Wilmington has a vibrant and up and coming river front which spans a 2 mile distance from the Cape Fear Memorial bridge to the Parsley bridge with a river walk way the entire distance. This river walk passes “down town” filled with lovely shops, restaurants and bars and one could spend hours enjoying the area. The first order of business once tied up was to contact our niece and nephew who are here studying at the UNC Wilmington. They were both here and we arranged an UBER to where Sarah works so we could see her before she left town in the morning. We also enjoyed time with Patrick not only for dinner that night but breakfast the next morning. It was certainly the highlight of the trip to enjoy seeing what amazing people they are growing into.
Additional stops while here, we enjoyed a car show and we rode bikes for miles through mid-town areas and artsy areas enjoying the architecture and old antebellum style homes many dating back to the civil war. Finally, we toured the North Carolina Battleship – the third battleship in sequence built with that name. Significant for her was that she was a part of every single Pacific theater during the second World War.
We left on Friday June 15th to head back down the river to Southport where we will stay for the week