Wilmington, NC June 8-15

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

Published by cruisingwithgratitude

Alec and Laurie Thyrre (both retired airline pilots) are making an effort to share and experience as much of this beautiful planet with their nearly 13 yr old son Jack and cat Pratt while traveling aboard a 64' Nordhavn boat. We started this adventure in 2018 and crossed the Atlantic in 2019.

6 thoughts on “Wilmington, NC June 8-15

  1. So good to hear from you all! So did you do the reunion/party for your step dad yet? Can’t wait to hear about it! Looking forward to seeing you all in a couple of weeks!


    1. Ha! Yes but Im over a week behind in posting :). Who would have thought that Floating around with no job and no schedule could keep us so busy!!! Ill get it posted before we leave our anchorage near Beaufort NC. Probably here until Thursday waiting for a 3 night weather window to go non stop to Cape Cod. XO


  2. We loved hearing all about Wilmington and the river walk. Any Picts to share. Your trip sounds like a dream….. a walk through history and the ever changing urban landscape. We now have more places to put on our wish list to visit.


    1. Hi Georgesse. Thanks for the note. Yes we have tons of
      Pictures and also video of pods of Dolphins traveling along as escort with us and so much other great stuff but I havent figured Out how to Post them yet. Too busy having fun :). Tim made some suggestions Ill try out in the coming weeks. XO


  3. I was just wondering the other day, how are you getting your workouts in? And I saw the Peloton bike. I was thinking wouldn’t it be fun if you and Janie and I all had one and we could ride virtually together!
    It sounds like you had a lovely ride in Wilmington. Thank you for the virtual tour!
    I love sharing your adventures!


    1. Oh I would love that. You would be a constant inspiration Lizzie. My amazing husband arranged to have my elliptical installed on the fly bridge. We had a custom cover made which seems to be doing the trick keeping the rust at bay. It has been a dream working out while underway and in anchorages too beautiful to describe. The peloton may be something in the future if the minimal electronics in this machine survive the incredibly hostile environment of the fly bridge. I miss you beautiful. XO


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