Monday, June 23, 2014

North Carolina: Wilmington

Last weekend I made the drive to Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.  It was the first time I had gone to the ocean since I left Madagascar, and it was so exciting to smell the salt air again and feel the sand between my toes.  Wilmington, too, was an exciting place to visit.  The Cotton Exchange reminded me of some of the shops in Pike Place Market in Seattle, and the whole downtown has a fun, funky vibe.  We stopped at The Black Cat Shoppe which apparently was featured in One Tree Hill quite often. We also ventured in the Serpentarium and watched a 400 lb crocodile get fed! It was pretty intense.  I enjoyed seeing some of the colorful snakes and learning more about the snakes in my new area.  Downtown Wilmington is on a river, and it's large enough that ships can come up into Wilmington from the ocean.  While we were there, a coast guard ship was making its way back out to sea.  Across the river, the battleship USS North Carolina sits, and tours are given daily.

The day ended with a clam bake and lobster dinner at Shucker's Oyster Bar followed by a sunset walk on Wrightsville Beach.  It had been a beautiful day, and a storm was rolling in off the Atlantic.  The clouds were incredible, and they just got more beautiful as the sun set.  With salty legs and smiles on our faces, we drove back to Fayetteville.

Water Street

USS North Carolina

Walking to Wrightsville Beach

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