Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Back again

Well we are back from another trip to North Carolina. It was mommy dearests 80th birthday and my beloved and I went to visit. My RI sister was there as well as the Col & family. We had a really nice time. It is amazing how the kids grow between visits. The nephew is a senior in high school and quite proud of his six pack. The niece a spitfire with a good back stroke.

We also managed to see Door Dyke and Spouse A. Spent some time on the beach with them watching dolphins. We also visited a little town near where they are living called Southport.

Southport is a tiny little town on the Cape Fear River, right up river from Wilmington. It was established in 1792 as Smithville and around 1808 it was renamed Southport. It is quite charming in old small town ways, lovely houses looking out over the river, little shops, great places to eat and a lovely young woman dressed in a black hoop dress carrying a lantern and telling ghost stories.

It seems that just about every where you go you can take a ghost tour and we found one in Southport. Katie Stewart grew up in Southport and got a history degree and actually put it to work. She runs Old South Tour Company and wanders the ally ways, streets and burial grounds of Southport in a swear to god hoop skirt. When you walk behind her, it looks like she is floating. Of course the could have had something to do with the fact that it was dark, she was carrying a lantern and ghosts were jumping out at us.

It was really a good time and I recommend it if you happen to be in the area.

We also went into Wilmington for a few hours. We took a trolley tour (yes, I am a Tourist with a capital T). Must go back and spend some more time in Wilmington, would love to explore the historic area more. Oh and they have a ghost tour!

We had a lovely time with J&P and will see them again when we return to NC in June.

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