Part II of our trip began with a nice breakfast with Syble before we headed down to Wilmington. We had two cars and about two hours to drive. I offered to drive Stacy’s car (since she’d driven all the way down and would have to drive back) and Zach and Isaac drove in our rental car.
We arrived in Wilmington and got settled into our hotel. We were staying in a place with a kitchen, but we decided we wanted pizza for dinner, we also had a geocache we wanted to do.
We found our first geocache near the Wilmington airport. We also picked up a GeoCoin that we decided to bring back to Colorado and hide in a cache here.
We really enjoyed this experience and decided we’d have to do a few more while we were in NC. After finding the cache we decided to go to downtown Wilmington and grab some pizza at A Slice of Life. It was darn good pizza! We then wandered around the boardwalk as the sunset.
The next day was beach day. Even though the weather was cool and cloudy, we decided to check out the beach. The forecast didn’t look great for the remainder of our trip, so it didn’t seem like it would matter. We packed a lunch, but didn’t bring our swim gear because we figured it was too cold anyway.
Well, Isaac had other plans. He made a bee line for the waves and promptly sat down.
After a few minutes of him playing, Zach headed back to the hotel to get towels and dry clothes for Isaac. We did eat a picnic on the beach and play a bit, but it was so windy and pretty darn cold.
We went back to the hotel for nap time, which we all seemed to need. Then Zach wanted Seafood for dinner, so we found a place to go. The place he chose had a patio right on the water where we ended up eating. Both Stacy and I got the Coconut Chicken and man, it was soooooo GOOD! I’d eat there every day if I could. Delightful! Zach got some soft shelled crab or something like that and really liked it too.
The next day we had many things to get done.
First, we stopped by the library to find a geocache. It took us forever to find because we were looking IN the library, and it was really outside the library. Oops!
Then we headed down to the USS North Carolina.
It is an old WWII Battleship that I’ve always wanted to see. We spent a lot of our day there. We figured we easily walked about two miles just on the ship.
Next stop was the tea room in old Wilmington that we’d seen on the first night and Stacy really wanted to go to. We had brought everything for lunch, except for a knife to spread the PB and J, so we decided to go all in at the tea room and have “tea.” Isaac got a fruit cup and sandwich and the rest of us share a full tea with fruits and bite sized sandwiches and cream tea and brownies.
Next up was geocaching. We had looked up this cache on the campus of University of North Carolina at Wilmington. So we headed that direction. By now, I have to pee really bad, but we haven’t seen a place to go, so we just keep heading to the cache. We get out of the car and wander around, but I’m the GPS person and I couldn’t concentrate I had to pee so bad, so we all jump back in the car with a mission to find a rest room. We pull up next to a cop in a parking lot and ask him where the nearest public restroom is and he just tells us to go into any building, they all have restrooms. Ahhh! After a bit more driving (in what seemed like circles) we find the Student Center which have very nice bathrooms, which is good, because by now, Stacy needs to go to.
After our bathroom break, we decided to go back and look for our geocache, but we kept running into this fence and couldn’t find a way around it. So we gave up and went back to the hotel for dinner and a rest. After dinner we read up on our geocache and found that the description provided a parking location. Armed with this new information we headed back out.
This time, we found a gate into a nice little preserve. It was a beautiful walk and Isaac even enjoyed it. We found the cache near a little lake. We didn’t stay too long because it was twilight, in the trees, near a lake, which meant lots of mosquitos!
Back at the hotel, Isaac got to enjoy a sink bath before bed.