“Sort of” boondocking in New Bern, NC…

We spent an additional 2 weeks at Flanners Beach Campground near New Bern, NC, getting really good at using water conservatively. We had electric but no water/sewer at the site.  It is really a beautiful spot and we enjoyed it a lot.  The only part I didn’t like was the sound of our water pump when using water.  The water spigot and dump station were very nearby, so not a lot of inconvenience, but the sound that pump makes drives me crazy.  My cousin asked me about the “military style” showers we take when we aren’t hooked up to water, getting in and getting wet, then shutting the water off to shampoo up, then back on for rinsing.  One more shut off for conditioner then a quick rinse.  Isn’t that a nuisance?  I guess it is a little bit, but really – it is not too bad b/c I just want the noise to go away.  Bill says I am exaggerating, but I don’t think so. We used paper plates, cups, bowls more than usual so we didn’t  have to wash all the that, which helps the water/gray tanks hold out longer.

There was a bit of excitement at the campground while we were there.  There was a young couple in their late 20’s camping in a tent about 2 sites down from us.  They had an inflatable rowboat type boat and went out on the Nuese River to check on crab pots they had set at an earlier time.  Evidently they had been drinking.  We aren’t sure of the whole story, but the bottom line is they both ended up in the river and the young man drown.  The search/rescue people were at the campground the next 6 days until they found him.  It is so sad.  He has a 3 year old from a previous relationship and the lady he was with was his fiance.  I didn’t take any pics, but they had helicopters and boats and divers and dogs out looking for him.  Brought back sad memories for me of my brother-in-law Joel.  He drown off Indian River Inlet in DE 5 years ago this month.  At least they found this man.

This campground is set right on the bank of the Neuse River, and we could see the water from right in front of our site.  One day we went down near the water to our own private beach.

Our own private beach
Our own private beach

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My man enjoying a beer! (p.s. those are Craigs HUGE feet that found their way into the pic when I wasn't looking)
My man enjoying a beer! (p.s. those are Craigs HUGE feet that found their way into the pic when I wasn’t looking)

 

we had to go over the river and through the woods to get to Grandmothers house - ha ha - ok that was stupid!
we had to go over the river and through the woods to get to Grandmothers house – ha ha – ok that was stupid!
seriously, the walk to get to the beach took us through some woods
seriously, the walk to get to the beach took us through some woods

We did some visiting around the area.  Jo had found a New Bern Historical Society House Tour, so she and I did that one day.  It was a very nice day, walking around seeing all the very old homes in New Bern, and taking tours of some of them.  We enjoyed a box lunch on the veranda of one of them.

this is where we ate lunch
this is where we ate lunch
beautiful tree lines streets
beautiful tree lines streets
cherry blossoms were blooming all over the place, as were dogwoods. Made me think of my (former) yard back in PA
cherry blossoms were blooming all over the place, as were dogwoods. Made me think of my (former) yard back in PA
great neighborhoods
great neighborhoods

The four of us also went to check out an aquarium one day.  It was similar to the one Bill and I went to, but also different.  We stopped for lunch beforehand and it was nice enough to sit outside!

great pic of Jo
great pic of Jo
delish lunch at South Beach Grill in Wrightsville Beach
delish lunch at South Beach Grill in Wrightsville Beach
Craig posing like I asked him to - Jo couldn't believe he actually did it!
Craig posing like I asked him to – Jo couldn’t believe he actually did it!  What a good sport!
American Bald Eagle - he doesn't have a white head yet b/c he is still a baby.  He will be a permanent resident b/c his wing is broken!
American Bald Eagle – he doesn’t have a white head yet b/c he is still a baby. He will be a permanent resident b/c his wing is broken!
yes - it's real - an albino alligator!
yes – it’s real – an albino alligator!
I HATE that I have forgotten what this guy's name is - maybe someone knows?
I HATE that I have forgotten what this guy’s name is – maybe someone knows?
jelly's!
jelly’s!
look at the lovebirds!  Aren't they sweet?
look at the lovebirds! Aren’t they sweet?
I had never touched a shark before!  I know it's a little one, but still!  I believe he is a sand shark
I had never touched a shark before! I know it’s a little one, but still! I believe he is a sand shark
turtles sunning themselves on a log
turtles sunning themselves on a log

Another day, we took our bikes and rode around New Bern, enjoying the waterfront area and showing the guys some of the houses we saw.  We went to the “Birthplace of Pepsi” and also found a really cool ice cream place.

cool place, even though we are 100% coke people!
cool place, even though we are 100% coke people!
found this place on TripAdvisor - YUMMY homemade ice cream - and they even had sugar-free for Craig!
found this place on TripAdvisor – YUMMY homemade ice cream – and they even had sugar-free for Craig!
cow tchotchke's (chachki's) were EVERYWHERE!
cow tchotchke’s (chachki’s) were EVERYWHERE!
love trains!
love trains!
waterfront area
waterfront area

We decided to do something really special on one of our last evenings in New Bern.  I forgot to mention earlier, but I had decided to find a place to do Zumba, which I miss going to regularly.  Bill took me over to Fairfield Harbor Recreation Center and while he was waiting for me, he walked around down on their marina docks.  He came across a brochure for sailboat cruises and scheduled a sunset sail for us.  It was great weather for a sail, even though the sunset was mostly blocked by clouds we had a great time.  Bill got to drive the boat for a while, which always makes him happy.  It was a really nice way to end our time in the New Bern area.

 

getting ready to get underway!

getting ready to get underway!

my happy man!
my happy man!
we saw a lot of these during our stay in New Bern
we saw a lot of these during our stay in New Bern
Craig and Bill
Craig and Bill
sunsets are awesome!
sunsets are awesome!
see what I mean?
see what I mean?

This last one of our stay in New Bern is so cute I couldn’t not put it here

Cocoa LOVES her Uncle Craig!
Cocoa LOVES her Uncle Craig!

 

We were up early on our day of departure.  We had made the decision and reserved our spot on the Cedar Island Ferry over to Ocracoke Island, which is a 2 1/2 hour ride. For our truck, rig and car it was $60, not too bad considering the miles and hours of driving it saved us.  It was a nice ride, I had taken some meclizine in advance, just in case, and I was fine.  I sometimes get a bit sea-sick, so I didn’t want to take a chance on a 2/12 hour ride.

Cedar Island - there isn't much more than the ferry here
Cedar Island – there isn’t much more than the ferry here
waiting in line for our turn to board
waiting in line for our turn to board
I know the rig is HUGE but it seems even bigger when getting into smaller spaces
I know the rig is HUGE but it seems even bigger when getting into smaller spaces
Jo and Craig getting led in
Jo and Craig getting led in
I did mention it was a small space we needed to fit into, right?  The clearance says 13'6", I asked the guy "There is a little wiggle room in that number right?  He said there was but "they don't tell people that"  LOL
I did mention it was a small space we needed to fit into, right? The clearance says 13’6″, we measureed at 13’4″ when in Sumter Oaks. As Bill was pulling in I asked the guy “There is a little wiggle room in that number right? He said there was but “they don’t tell people that” LOL
Jo and Craigs roof - they measured same as us at Sumter Oaks
Jo and Craigs roof – they measured same as us at Sumter Oaks

 

We parked our rigs and took my car over to this little place in the town of Ocracoke called Zillies, which Bill and I originally went to back in the fall.  He wanted to show Craig all the craft beers they have on tap, and it is a cool place to sit outside (especially since they have this really cool propane fire things to keep you warm)  I had a glass of wine and some cheese and crackers.  Very nice and relaxing.  I guess Jo was the only one who got a pic – sorry!

We arrived at the terminal in plenty of time to catch the 3:30pm ferry to Hatteras. This ferry leaves from the north side of the island, a short 13 mile drive.  This ferry (from Ocracoke to Hatteras) is FREE!  Downside is, you cannot reserve a spot, not even with our big rigs, it is first come/first on the boat.  There are exceptions, what they call “priority vehicles” which are commercial vehicles, like school buses, tour buses, FedEx, garbage trucks,etc.  Even though we got there at 3:10pm, we had to wait for the next ferry b/c there were a bunch of the “priority vehicles” I told you about.  That is when we found out they were only running every hour on the half hour, so we sat and waited.  It really wasn’t a big deal and we got on the 4:30pm ferry with no problem.  Well, it turned out ok, but it was very tight for Jo getting on and parked.

that's us on the left, Jo is pulling in on the right - it was TIGHT!
that’s us on the left, Jo is pulling in on the right – it was TIGHT!
not a lot of wiggle room here!
not a lot of wiggle room here!
Jo and I enjoying the ride
Jo and I enjoying the ride

So, we are now at Ocean Waves Campground in Waves, NC.  Tracy & Lee drove in from Raleigh area and arrived much earlier in the day. Cori & Greg arrived yesterday, this being their first stop – their launch! Others will be joining us later.  We are right across the dunes from the ocean and I’ve been falling asleep to that sound I love!  We are so excited to be here with our friends!  Here is a teaser pic! I’ll catch you up again soon!

the majestic Atlantic Ocean - we can hear it at our site!
the majestic Atlantic Ocean – we can hear it at our site!

 

0 thoughts on ““Sort of” boondocking in New Bern, NC…

  1. LOVE LOVE the pictures…especially Craig in the alligator head and Jo and Craig kissing in the shark teeth. Really good. So glad we are together now!!

  2. Thanks Tracy!
    Jo was very surprised he went along with my requests – those kind make it fun!
    We have to get some of you and Lee now!

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