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Jun 24, 2018 - New Bern, NC - 24 June 2018

Our final day (of 2) in New Bern consisted of walking part of the river walk, visiting Tryon Palace, and scouting out some of the bears of New Bern. As I mentioned in the previous entry, New Bern adopted the same Bear coat of arms of its older European cousin. A number of the pictures included with this entry show the clever manner in which New Bern displays its fascination with the bear. You'll see Sandy adopting a pose similar to Harvest Bear, giving a belly rub to Colonial Bear, and leaning on the hind end of Town Hall Bear....

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Jun 23, 2018 - New Bern, NC

Sandy and I visited New Bern, North Carolina on 23 and 24 June. We stayed at a small B&B run by an older gentleman who previously owned a construction company that was purchased by an English firm and then owned a pawn shop for 20 years. How did that qualify him to run a B&B? It did not, but he did a good job nonetheless, even using the book entitled B&Bs for Dummies. His breakfasts were quite good and his establishment cozy. New Bern is named after the capital of Switzerland, Bern. The American namesake even adopted the same symbol, namely...

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Oct 5, 2016 - A Steamy Kind of Hot...

We've spent the past couple weeks on the North Carolina coast. It has been another difficult time for us as the weather and bugs continue to torment us. I realize it had to happen eventually. Our 2016 adventure has been quite pleasant...or at least bearable....in regards to the heat, humidity and insect population. But when it goes bad, it goes bad in a big way. Our first North Carolina stop was Hatteras Island – also known as the Outer Banks (OBX). This 50 mile peninsula is so narrow in places, you can see both the Atlantic Ocean on the...

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Oct 1, 2016 - It's October

As the calendar turned from September to October, we continued our route north along US 17. The stretch of the Coastal Highway on the north side of Charleston Harbor in Mt. Pleasant is also know as the Sweetgrass Highway as it is lined with small stands where locals sell woven baskets called sweetgrass baskets. Sweetgrass basketmaking has been part of the community for more than 300 years. It was brought to the area by slaves who came from West Africa. Basketmaking is a traditional art form that is passed on from generation to generation....

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Feb 24, 2016 - In the Box

We decided to stay in New Bern an extra day because the weather south along the way looked like it may have been a problem to drive through with rain, thunderstorms, and high winds. Around noon we started to get tornado watch alerts on our phones. We were in a Tornado Watch Box for a couple of hours. Wind and rain moved through the area but the cyclonic activity was about 30-40 miles northeast of us, but we were not out of the box. The warning lasted all afternoon and into the evening. We had periods of bright sunshine, overcast, high...

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2016 Winter Trek

Feb 23, 2016 - New Bern

We ventured into New Bern again to see what we could see. The city was settled in 1710 by Swiss and Palatine German immigrants. The new colonists named the settlement after Bern, the capital of Switzerland and hometown of their leader Christoph von Graffenried. The English connection with Switzerland had been established by some Marian exiles who sought refuge in Protestant parts of Switzerland. The Marian Exiles were English Protestants who fled to the continent during the reign of the Roman Catholic Queen Mary I and King Philip. New Bern...

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2016 Winter Trek

Feb 22, 2016 - Across the Bay

After a night of heavy rain, the sun almost came out as we began to cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. The drive was pretty easy with no wind and very little traffic making the 2-lanes tunnels a breeze. After getting slightly misdirected on the I64/264 around Norfolk, we were able to find US 17 and head south into North Carolina. I like driving this highway because it is 4-lane most of the way with little traffic (especially trucks) unless you take the business routes through the larger towns. One thing I noticed on this trip that I...

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2016 Winter Trek

May 2, 2015 - New Bern, North Carolina

Tentatively, we head south. John heads to the showers this morning. The water is turned off. I check later and it is on. John heads over and it is off. As we leave the campground, John puts his window down. It will not go back up. We play with it awhile and it is again working. We try to turn the IPOD on. The battery is dead. We put it on charge. The GPS takes us cross country to Route 17. We make a wrong turn that is not our fault. We make a U-Turn. What happened to “Turn Left here?” Every time we hit a bump our hearts stop. Every time...

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Oct 24, 2013 - Dry and Warm

Location: **Boat: Tied up at the Bridgepointe Marina in New Bern, NC **Us: With Warwick’s son, Ben and his wife, Maureen and our grandsons, in Pittsboro NC Weather: Cooler, in the 60s during the day, 30s to 40s at night Boat Names: Not seeing too many in this lovely wooded area! When I first started to ski, Warwick said that if I was falling down I was learning. No falls, no learning. If you buy that philosophy, then we've been learning plenty, or as Warwick likes to say "re-learning" how to live on a boat. Putting the boat into a slip at...

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Oct 4, 2013 - New Bern

We had looked forward to this visit for over a year. W were extra blessed in that our friends from Northern Ireland Doug and Allison Mark were visiting in the states so we met up with them for lunch in Raleigh. Doug is battling cancer but at the moment was in remission and enjoying his travels. It is always a blessing to renew fellowship with them. We were delighted to renew fellowship with our friends from Village 'chapel Presbyterian Church. They had invited Mike to speak at their first Bible Conference. He spoke on the book of Malachi,...

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Nov 30, 2012 - Swans and Pirates!

Wed Time to move! We took secondary roads (64 and 94) to Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge. This is home to thousands of ducks, geese and swans on their migration. Dozens of other species of critters as well of course. We saw large rafts of ducks (lots of shovelers), a number of geese and several hundred tundra swans (hmmm - can't seem to locate the swan photos??). We moved on to our destination, Moonlight Lake Park just outside New Bern, via 264 and 306. A total of 180 scenic miles today. Thursday Today we drove south to Minnesott...

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Nov 3, 2012 - Day 111 - New Bern, North Carolina

We explored New Bern today. We were amazed at the huge multi-laned bridges over the river for this area of about 50,000 people. There was also a draw-bridge for the marina entrance. We visited the New Bern Firemen's Museum. This place has antique equipment from their city going back to 1845. There is memorabilia of the competitions between volunteer fire companies, the horses used to pull the equipment, and major fires in the area. One fire in 1922 left more than 3000 people homeless. There was a fellow there to give us a guided tour and...

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