Hurricane Sandy sadly interrupted our visit to the NC coast, but before that happened, we had a wonderful time in a wonderful campground-Cedar Point. Although this National Park Service campground only has electric sites, it’s still a lovely campground with a very entertaining camp host :) There is water available at the dump station when you arrive and the dump station is conveniently located if you need to use it during your visit.
Mike and Terri joined us there on Wednesday, the 24th. I was sitting in my chair that afternoon, reading their blog, when they drove by on their way to their site :) We had them over for happy hour and chili that night as we caught up on each others travels and lives in the last 6 months.
Thursday, we joined them for a tour of Beaufort, NC. We walked the waterfront before stopping at Clawson’s for a very good lunch. My lunch was, apparently, so good that I couldn’t hold the camera steady to get a good picture :)
After lunch, we spent part of the afternoon at the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort where they were preparing for Fright Night 2012.
The biggest draw was the Blackbeard display and his ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge. There were numerous items on display. In 1718, the notorious pirate Blackbeard lost his flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, when it ran aground in Beaufort Inlet. In 1996, the wreck was discovered and the museum has offered a small exhibit of them since 1997.
We watched a movie about the recovery operation of the Queen Anne’s Revenge. It’s a several year process and is ongoing. Very interesting. If you’d like to know more about Blackbeard and his pirate ship, go here.
We had a very nice cookout at Mike and Terri’s that night and made plans to visit Hammock Beach State Park the next day. We planned to take the ferry over to Bear Island where it is said the beach is the most pristine and unspoiled on the entire east coast. Rick and I had visited the main entrance to the park a few days earlier but at this time of year, the ferry only runs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and this weekend, the last in October, would be the last of the season.
Friday dawned cloudy but pleasant but everyone in the park was aware of the Hurricane Sandy issue hanging in the air. About 11:00 AM we were informed by the camp host that we had until noon the next day, Saturday, to leave the park. We made the decision to leave that day and avoid the rush. We enjoyed this area very much and will be back. We still have that ferry to take to Bear Island :) Mike and Terri also left that day. Terri had a doctor appointment in Raleigh that day so we all left and headed to high land in Raleigh.
We met up with friends Gary and Peggy as well as Jim and Dee once we arrived in Raleigh. We had a nice reunion Friday night with all 8 of us cramming into Mike and Terri’s 5th wheel for some homemade blueberry pie thanks to Terri :)
We’ve had a nice time here, although it’s gotten colder, windier and rainier as time progressed. We’ve dodged a huge bullet as Sandy has done a real number on the Northeast and we hope all our friends and family in that part of the country is safe and sound.
In the morning, we’ll head out to Myrtle Beach, SC to join more friends for the 2nd Annual Carolina Clan Gathering. We were 7 couples last year; up to 20+ couples this year. We will be watching Sandy closely and praying for those sadly affected by this horrible storm.
Thanks for stopping by.