Tuesday, April 16, 2013

South Carolina to North Carolina and A Great Beach

North Topsail Beach, NC

59 deg clear, NE wind @ 6 mph.
Forecast = Today: Partly cloudy. Highs around 70°F. East wind to 10 MPH.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows around 61°F. East wind to 7 MPH.

Had a lot of rain yesterday morning. Wind too. In fact the wind was blowing so hard that Jim brought in Bobbie T's front slide so the awning over it would quit flapping and shaking the whole RV!!!

But, I'm getting ahead of myself.

Sunday morning, by around 10:00 everything was packed up and we were pulling out of the beachfront site at the Apache Family CG. On the way out of the park, we stopped at the "Trading Post" in the CG and got Bobbie T's propane tank topped off so we'd have plenty of propane when we got to Joe and Nancy's in Virginia Beach. (We'll be parked in their driveway for 8 to 10 days).

Then, just down the street from the CG, we pulled into a gas station where Jim filled Bobbie T's tank with 87 octane gas, @ $3.31 per gallon. ; )   By the time we pulled out of the station it was already 10:40, so we were really getting a late start.

In just another few blocks we came to US 17 again, where we turned NE and continued our journey North. The traffic was fairly heavy through North Myrtle Beach and around Wilmington, NC. but we made good time and soon we were turning off on NC 210, which brought us over here to the coast and to the Surf City Family CG.

It was 12:50 when we pulled up in front of the office and we had traveled just 99 miles. Yeah, it did take us 2 hours and 50 minutes, but around 40 minutes was spent stopping for propane and gas, so it actually wasn't too bad.

Yesterday, I mentioned that we had been to this CG 3 years ago when we came through here. I'd like to try to explain to you what the draw to the CG is.

First of all, I'll tell you what it isn't!!! It isn't fancy, most of the sites are quite narrow and crowded together, some of the sites aren't level, (but are not too far off), some do not have sewer connections, and you can't see the ocean from the sites.

But, as you drive into the CG, you see the large dunes that protect the CG from storms, and you see this walkway heading over them.

After  registering at the office and talking to the very nice lady, (the owner), you park your RV in it's assigned site. Then, after getting set up, (or not),

it's time to take a look at what's on the other side of the dunes, so you head up the stairs/ramp.

Once to the top, this is your reward!!!

View from bottom of the steps, looking off to the right.

View to the left.

As you can see, it's a beautiful, wide beach. This is not the "tourist season" yet , but from talking to the owner in the office, and others here in the park, they all say that this beach never gets very crowded.  The CG does however, fill up during the summer months, so if you decide to come here then, be sure to call ahead.

After getting Bobbie T set up in our site, Jim and Linda walked to the top of the dune and sat on the bench, just watching the ocean, for at least 1/2 hour.

Linda's a "happy camper" ; )

While Jim was registering us Sunday, he asked the owner if she could recommend a good place to go to eat, She told Jim that if he and Linda would wait to Monday, there was a Restaurant not too far from here, called Madison's that had a great buffet, and on Monday, the price for senior's was only $5.95!! She also recommended that they not go right at lunch or dinner time as the place was very popular and they would probably have to wait quite a long time.

So, about 1:30, Jim and Linda took CLG and headed over there.

Both Jim and Linda said that for a buffet, the food was very good and they really enjoyed their meals. Not long after Jim and Linda returned there was news of the tragedy up in Boston.

What a shame that people have to injure innocent people to make a point.

The rest of the day was spent getting Bobbie T ready to travel and watching TV.

While Jim and Linda were watching TV, I published a short post about my views of the Tragedy. I hope you'll take the time to read it.

Did you know that on this date in 1922 - Annie Oakley shot 100 clay targets in a row, to set a women's record?


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