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A trip to the beach


Earlier this month Rob and I went to visit my friend and former college roommate, Cathy, at her condo at Carolina Beach which is near Wilmington, NC. We had a wonderful visit--it was the perfect combination of activities and relaxation. Cathy is a wonderful hostess and tour guide. Unfortunately her husband David had to work so we didn't get to visit with him.

One place we went to visit was the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. It is a very nice aquarium.


They do some work protecting sea turtles in the area and they actually had a small sea turtle (less than a year of age) that you can view up close.


Some of the exhibits are the kind that allow you to handle the animals if you wish. There was also a special exhibit of Lorikeets on the property and it was fun to see them as well. They were very colorful and friendly.


One day we went to downtown Wilmington and toured some shops in an old cotton mill which has been converted into a shopping and restaurant venue. While were were there we ate lunch at a place called The Basics. All three of us chose dishes which centered around grits--Cathy and I had grits with feta cheese, roasted tomatoes, and caramelized onions and Rob had Shrimp and Grits. We all enjoyed our choices.

We also enjoyed sitting on the porch of the condo and enjoying the cool breezes while looking at the ocean.


Two of the days while we were there there were weddings on the beach just to the left of us. I was very surprised that the weddings were held in such a public area of the beach with all sorts of people walking around with surf boards, etc.


One day for lunch we went to a place called Flaming Amy's Burrito Barn.


They had all kinds of ingredients that you can choose from to make up your burrito. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal there and were tempted to stop again on our way out of town!

Another place that we have heard about from Cathy for many years is a legendary doughnut shop called Britts. It has been open since 1939. They just make one kind of doughnut, which is similar to the hot ones you can get at Krispy Kreme. The doughnuts did not disappoint. They are extremely light and delicious. After tasting these doughnuts it was easy to see why they are so popular.


It's a great blessing to have friendships which span not only years, but decades. We were talking about the fact that as we age more and more of our friends are passing into eternity. We were thankful for the opportunity to catch up with one of our "old" friends and for her gracious hospitality.


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Paducah, Kentucky

After we left St. Louis we headed to Paducah, Kentucky, which was about a three hour drive. Our first stop was Hancock's of Paducah, which is a large fabric store catering to quilters. Megan and I enjoyed looking around in there and we both did a little shopping. Rob and Drew drove around and got the lay of the land and had a little snack.

picture of Hancocks of Paducah

This is the fabric and quilt pattern I bought:

picture of Quilt Stuff

After our shopping we headed to the town center to the National Quilt Museum.

picture of National Quilt Museum

Since it was already pretty late in the afternoon we decided we would just look around in the lobby and gift shop. We were perusing the gifts when the lady selling the tickets came to talk with us. When she found out we were just in Paducah for a short time she allowed us to go into the museum for a quick walk-thru. The quilts were absolutely amazing! They are truly works of art. I'd love to show you a picture, but photography was not allowed in the museum. There are also pieces of art related to quilts in the museum--things like carved wooden quilts (which were amazingly realistic) and mosaics in quilt designs.

Just beyond the museum is the Ohio River and the city has a series of about sixty floodwalls that different artists have painted with scenes of life from the past. They were very nicely done and we enjoyed strolling along the river and looking at them.

picture of Murals

picture of Riverboat Mural

picture of Boom Paducah

There was also an antique locomotive on display in front of the murals:

picture of Paducah Train

After we explored the town for a while we headed out for supper and then on to the hotel for the evening. The next morning we started our trip back to Greenville and home, thus ending our travel adventures for this trip.


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Road Trip

We have been on a road trip for a couple weeks visiting family and friends. I decided I needed to take a few posts to tell about our travels. We left home and headed up Interstate 77 to visit my sister and brother-in-law and their son, Zack, in Ohio. Here's a picture of Zack and his girlfriend, Abi.

picture of Zack and Abi

We normally travel up I-75 on the other side of the state. We found I-77 to be much less heavily traveled and we had a very enjoyable drive up. We were entertained in the car by listening to a mystery on CD's from the library.

We arrived at the Campbell home in time for supper and spent an enjoyable evening and early morning the next day with them before they had to leave for work and we headed out on the next leg of our journey.

We drove across Ohio on route 30, which also was not at all congested. We headed to Findlay, Ohio to visit my Aunt Nana and Aunt Rose, who are my dad's sisters.

picture of Nana and Rose

We were very happy that my cousin, Diane, who lives and works in Brazil, was also there visiting. Aunt Nana provided a delicious lunch for us, and we had a pleasant time conversing and learning more about Diane's life and work in South America, where she has lived for over thirty years. Here is a picture of Diane and me.

picture of Diane Bechtel

In my next post I'll tell about our next destination. Stay tuned.


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