Wilmington, NC 11/4 - 11/7/99

We left Manteo about 8:00 A.M. so we could be in Wilmington at 2:00 for an appointment to get our dash heater working. The picture was taken on the bridge going over the Alligator River as a boat was going through the swing bridge.


We did make it to Howard RV at 2:00 P.M. I had already diagnosed the problem as a bad circuit card so they replaced that first and it did fix the problem. I was amazed that a dealer would actually listen to an owners diagnosis.

We are staying at the Camelot RV Park. This is one of the nicer parks we have stayed in. The spaces are wide and the center of the park is all wooded and has walking paths and playground areas. It is also very quiet for being close to a major road.

11/5 This is the Schooner Highland Sea docked at the harbor in Wilmington. She's a 154 long and was built 75 years ago in Essex Massachusetts as a Grand Banks fishing schooner. She is now a training vessel operated out of Nova Scotia for Secunda Marine Services. Her crew consists of ten cadets and seven officers from Newfoundland, Canada, Nova Scotia and England. The cadets are learning navigation and the art of sailing.

They sailed to Wilmington from the Chesapeake Bay for the warm weather and to wait out he hurricane season. From here they will sail to the Caribbean to winter over and participate in regattas.
11/7 We visited the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher, which is on an island SE of Wilmington.

Susan had to try a little scuba diving while we were there.



They have a great little tide pool that contains Urchins, Horseshoe Crabs, Hermit Crabs, Lobsters, and Blue Crabs. All of these are available pick up and hold.





Susan holding an Urchin upside down to see its mouth.

After leaving the Aquarium we spent another lazy day at the beach. Unfortunately we forgot to bring our bug repellent allowing the flies to feast on us. Fortunately the wind came up and blew most of them inshore.