Today we leave on the 1PM ferry, we have to checkout by 11:30am. We have a few things we want to do and see for an hour as we have to get in line for the ferry at 12:30. Nice and sunny again today and the wind has died down so it should be a good crossing during the 2 hour 15 minute ferry trip. We have had great visit here and met a lot of nice people, both those that live here and some that are visiting or camping here. A new person is in the office Karen who grew up near Rochester, not far from our home. It truly is a small world. Well time to load up the rest of the car, Bonnie did some earlier.
Before we leave we stopped at a local shop to exchange a sweat shirt and then I wanted to stop at the memorial for the Navy Beach Jumpers.
|At the memorial|
|Underway and leaving the Harbor|
|Lots of power in these engines|
|Looking back at the Ocracoke Lighthouse|
|The ferry was not very full and we even had a tour bus|
We had some gulls following us to see if we churned up any fish but once we got near the fishing trawlers they all left and followed them.
|Thousands of galls around this one boat|
|Another boat in the fishing fleet|
We got in touch with some friends who live here and made arrangements to go out for supper. Chris suggested the Ice House and even picked us up at the hotel.
|A great place to eat in Swansboro|
|Chris and Clarence still looking Young and Happy as ever.|
We both had a great nights sleep and were just discussing how the Hampton beds have always been comfortable. Plus they had a nice variety for breakfast and we always enjoy that. The hotel is not very full so we almost had the breakfast bar to ourselves. We have a late checkout so are taking our time this morning with getting ready to go. We just have a few hours drive today and check in is listed as 4pm but I am hoping we can get in earlier than that and then will go out to eat and get some groceries for at least breakfast. I just down loaded a free google app called field trip, it is supposed to alert us to historical markers and sites as we drive along so hoping to check that out today. Perhaps Bonnie will drive today and I can try that out.
We got on the road just before noon and Bonnie did drive. Its pretty overcast today and eventually it is supposed to rain. First stop of the day was at Hardee's for lunch, Bonnie loves their chicken and also the biscuits.
|Hardees for lunch|
|View from next to the Jacuzzi|
|We have a balcony|
No great sunrise this morning its very foggy out. We got up checked email and Bonnie finished the last load of wash. As soon as it dries we will do a little exploring.
|View East low tide|
|She found most of them close to the condo|
|Feeding the birds|
|Almost a full moon|
|Their special pizza.|
Just as we were parking at the Condo the girls called. They had hit a deer and were very upset, the police finally came and had to dispatch the deer. They were not hurt but the car is looking pretty messed up but I am sure it can be fixed. A friend picked them up and took them home.
What an end to the day. Hopefully they will get a good nights sleep and can start to sort things out tomorrow.
I was up a little early this morning I ate and quickly got dressed. About 9 I headed out to the airport, only about 7 minutes away this time of year. My sister was flying in to spend the rest of the week with us. The flight was just 6 minutes late and the airport is small so we were back to the condo quickly.
|Back at the Condo|
|Beach access is limited we had to back out|
|Path and wooden bridge to beach|
|One of the private bridges over the dunes|
|The girls looked for shells|
|One of the many fishing piers|
|A couple of the nice beach houses|
|I did not find one nice flower|
|Cleaning the girls sandy feet|
Back at the condo now and in for the night. The girls are taking care of their shells and we are settling in with some TV. We are still having a great time and still have to figure out what we are going to do the next few days. This place is mostly beach and stores. Thats about it for this week.
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