On our one day in New Bern, we visited the (Samuel) Latham-Whitehurst Nature Park. Of all the parks, why did we choose this one? Because the Boss’s North Carolina ancestors were big in Craven County, especially the Whitehursts and the Pacquinets (who owned 400+ acres on Broadhead Creek in the 18th century). It was only one and a half miles from the trailhead to the boardwalk and dock on Broadhead Creek, but Mr. Big and I pooped out after a mile and the Boss had to continue by herself. By the time she got back to us, I was well rested (and covered with leaves from rolling around off the trail) and wanted to run the entire way back! It was a good walk but the woods were just woods, nothing spectacular and the day was cloudy. To make ourselves feel better, we had lunch and drinks in the historic “old towne” of New Bern. Dogs were allowed on the patio of Morgan’s Tavern and Grille and we got a great table next to a little blackish terrier that I could not keep my eyes off. Mr. Big had “the best fish and chips ever” and the Boss devoured a chili, pork, cheese, and chips concoction that smelled really good. However, it was water and ice cubes for me!
Hit with an arctic blast in Wilmington, B&B did not venture out until the early afternoons, when the temperatures reached their highest points at 45. Not wanting to fight the heavy traffic, the Boss decided to avoid the beach and tourist shopping areas, so the choices as to where to go were limited.
NO PETS were allowed in the beautiful Airlie Gardens (her first choice), so we drove out to Currie, North Carolina to the site of the Revolutionary War battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge. FYI, In the early dawn on February 27, 1776, North Carolinians – Loyalists supporting the British Crown (mostly Scottish Highlanders) and Patriots (mostly backwooks farmers) – faced off near the only bridge that crossed the 10-foot deep Moore’s Creek. A brief but violent clash resulted in an important Patriot victory, spurring intense revolutionary feelings in the colonies. Very interesting to humans, I suppose.
On our second outing, we visited the civil-war-era Brunswick Towne/Fort Anderson and did the ¾ mile loop walk around the remains of the village and the fort’s earthworks. It was a short walk, but the day was gloomy and cold and we were glad to get home to an early dinner.
Glad we are heading out tomorrow – heavy, all-day rains are predicted! South Carolina here we come.
Stay dry, Bonsey Boy.
P.S. Check out the new pics in the Gallery!