Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Beach Trip - Part 1

In early October, I went to the beach with my sister and some of my girl cousins. One of my cousins has a lovely home at Kure Beach. If you remember, that is where we went on our vacation this summer. One day, we drove over to Wilmington and ate lunch and shopped. This is a view of the riverfront. There are lots of great restaurants and shops along the water.
One of the local sightseeing boats. Wilmington sits on the Cape Fear River.
My shrimp and grits! This version was a bit different, but delicious!! The grits were fried, instead of creamy.
This is my older sister. Her name is Cecelia, but we call her CC. She is a wonderful sister and we love spending time together. She and I live about 2 hours from each other, so we are fortunate to get to see each other a good bit. Nothing better than time spent with your sister!!!
From the boardwalk area we could see the Battleship North Carolina. It has been restored and is a tourist attraction now. We did not go on it. Just looked from a distance. I toured it as a child.
Here is another view of the riverfront area looking back towards the big bridge coming into Wilmington.
It would not be the south unless moss was hanging in the trees.
Isn't this a cute place to eat? Look at the people eating out on their own private balconies. This restaurant was right on the river front. What a wonderful view!!
This was a view from the bridge as we were coming into Wilmington. Such a pretty city. I didn't get any good pictures of the old houses, but Wilmington has lots and lots of beautiful restored houses near the downtown area.
This is a picture from my beach chair as I sat out on the beach one afternoon and read my book and watched the world go by. At the beach, I love to sit and listen to the roar of the ocean waves and watch the seagulls running along the sand.
Notice all the people on the pier. It was wall to wall people!!! Needless to say, the fish were running and there was not an empty spot to stand and fish. We loved walking down to the pier and checking on the activity in the evening. Lots of fish being caught.
This guy and his friends sit on the end of the pier and wait for people to feed them fish that they don't want to keep. It was fascinating watching the pelicans eat their fish snacks!
A view of the beach from the pier. Even though it was October, the temperatures were in the mid to high 80's and there were lots of people swimming and surfing while we were there.
During the 2nd weekend of October each year, the Blues and Jazz Festival is held at Carolina Beach (next to where we were staying). It is a big event, but we did not go. Leon Russell was the headline artist this year.
I loved these big plants that were along the boardwalk near the beach. It is hard to tell from the picture, but they were huge!!!

As you can see, we had a wonderful time at the beach. It takes so long to get my pictures uploaded that I will do this trip in 2 parts. More to come!


  1. Melinda, thanks for sharing your lovely beach time with family!! I've been to Wilmington before and it is a great place to visit! Glad you all had a great time!

  2. I had never heard of Kure until I saw it mentioned here. Looks lovely and makes me feel like summer is so very far away. Sigh.

  3. So much fun doing a trip with all females. Great pictures from your trip. When I was young my parents always to us to the beaches on the NC coast. I was a toddler and have pictures to look back on.

  4. Wow! What fun you must have had. Hard not to have a great time when the trip includes a dear sister, shrimp & grits ... AND sitting and listening to the waves crash on the shore.

    Just seeing these pictures makes me think that our trip to the NC coast is going to be sooner rather than later!

    Can't wait to see the rest of your pictures/hear the rest of your trip story.

  5. Wilmington looks like a wonderful place to visit. It is on our to do list....

    I love the beach. I am heading to Naples, Fl in Nov and plan on spending alot of time on the beach while there.

  6. Melinda,
    Love all the pictures! I have never been to Wilmington. Glad you had a wonderful time with your sister. You lok alike!

  7. How fun! I'm jealous! lol

    Looking forward to part two.

  8. I found your blog from both Lauren and Adelaide's blogs. I used to live in Wilmington and I know how beautiful it is there!

  9. I love the coast!!! There is something about the sea air and feeling the winds from the ocean. You are blessed my friend to have a sister to share of this beauty with. Thank you for sharing with me today.

  10. Your photos of the Wilmington area are really pretty. I'm so glad that you can spend time with your sister, and what could be better than time at the beach.

    Sorry I missed you. I heard that you stopped by Miss Minnie's and introduced yourself. Maybe next time.


  11. We were at Myrtle Beach, SC last week and took a day trip to Wilmington. On our next long week end were going back, looked like a nice place.

  12. Haven't been to Wilmington in years!! So beautiful! Loved the pics and so glad y'all had such a special time together!


  13. I loved reading all about your trip and of course looking at all of the pictures. What a blessing to be able to spend this time with your sister.
    I'm so happy for you.
    The beach is my very favorite place to vacation. I love the ocean!
    So glad you had a wonderful time.

  14. THat looks like a fun beach trip!!! I love those trees too!

  15. Your trip sounds wonderful! I wanted to answer your question about the knitted shawl. I did the pattern with the no curl edges. I found with my other 2 (that were straight stockinette) that the edges to curl pretty badly. Hope you make one! Let me know how it turns out!