Thursday, March 22, 2018

Spring 2018 Trip: Day 22 - Straight Trippin'

As per the weather forecast, it did not rain on us this morning. The day dawned bright and really cold! We pulled the RV forward and the accumulated water from the rainstorms poured like a waterfall over the side of the cab. All the brake lights and turning lights worked on the car, and we were off to our next destination.

A stop at the closest Speedway to fill up the tank. The wind was getting stronger as we got closer to the Atlantic Ocean. We were almost stopped for construction ... almost! They were doing work on one of the long causeways leading to Roanoke Island. As we were approaching, the light turned yellow, however we made it through. We were driving and driving, the two lane causeway made into a single one by orange cones. We passed by the other side and 15 or so cars waiting to go. Who knows how long we would've waited had we gotten a red light! Those causeways look really small on the map, but are quite expansive in real life.

Arriving at our destination, we leveled the RV and got our connections in order. I had to change from my trusty shorts to long pants because the breeze coming off the water was freezing!

Today's end milage was 76713.1, a grand total of 139.4 miles traveled today.

A celebration lunch of eggs, french toast and quesadillas! Doing our shopping, we noticed they gave us paper bags. Paper bags! I haven't seen those in forever. We brought in around five paper bags of groceries wondering what we were going to do with them...

Park #4: Moonlight RV Park and Cottages: March 17-21, 2018

Moonlight Lake RV Park & Cottages
180 Moonlight Lake Dr, New Bern, NC 28560

Our next stay after Four Oaks RV Park was the La La Land RV Resort. Oh no, sorry. I meant Moonlight Lake RV Park. The turn is a pretty sharp 90-degrees that quickly goes from concrete to a dirt path, and the dirt path may have a few holes in it, so be careful.

The end of the dirt path takes you to a little building where the park manager should be. However, you may have to make a call to (252) 745-9800 to reach somebody after 1pm.

I counted six little cottages on the property, however there were no cars parked around them. Maybe they get more visitors on the weekends.

The last thing is that we had to use a 50 amp to 30 amp converter on the power box. It's pretty rare for an RV park to not have both 30 and 50 amp outlets, but this was one of those times we had to use our adapter. You can put a deposit down on one at the office, but it's a good idea to have one of your own both for 20 to 30 amp and then 30 to 50 amp. Plus it was raining part of this week, so I made a little stone hut out of nearby materials in order to cover the electrical plugs.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Spring 2018 Trip: Day 21 - Cold and Rainy - Fourth Nor'easter Storm

After exploring New Bern, NC for the past three days, we're taking a bit of a break. We were originally going to leave this morning, but threats of rain kept us here one more day. I was a bit worried that even if it wouldn't rain again, that the overcast day would keep the roads hazardously slick. After checking the path outside, there were a few soggy potholes, but nothing like amazingly large puddles that we couldn't clear. We were free to leave on Thursday 3/22.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Spring 2018 Trip: Day 20 - Caleb Bradham's Gravesite / New Bern Firemen's Museum

Early this morning the storm unleashed on the South. Flashes outside the window followed by deep growls of thunder. Soon it was rain followed by what must have been hail. It was tough getting back to sleep again. Since the rain is set to continue for the next day, went to the front office to sign up for one more day here to avoid having to drive in the rain. Outside, I noticed the rain had knocked over the sewer hose off the sidewinder. As you can see, the stone electricity temple withstood the weather's onslaught.

Getting bundled up, we went out to the Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant on the Neuse River, where we had walked previously after visiting the Birthplace of Pepsi Museum.

After catfish and chips and chicken pot pie at Persimmons, we drove over to the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

We kept walking the path hoping we would find what we came to see, but the cemetery was much larger than anticipated. Looking at a photo from Find a Grave, we tried to find familiar landmarks.

Finally we found Caleb Bradham's gravesite, as well as the site of other Bradham family members. It was interesting that they even had a marker as the inventor of Pepsi-Cola.
After the Cedar Grove Cemetery, we went to the New Bern Fireman's Museum.

Upstairs they had a childrens activity room, as well as an exhibit to the Great Fire of 1922.

Overall, it was a fun time being led by our guide who explained the history of the equipment and the fire companies that used them. We made one final stop to the  New Bern Oriental Market to finish off the day.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Spring 2018 Trip: Day 19 - Tryon Palace, New Bern, NC

Since the Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant in New Bern was closed on Monday, we made a substitution to Ginza, Japan instead.

Welcome to the North Carolina History Center, where you select how many historical places you'd like to visit. After a ride on the open air tram, we arrived in front of the Tryon Palace.

Outside the actual palace is a large grounds for you to walk around.


Gertrude S Carraway Garden

The John Wright Stanly House

The George W. Dixon House

The Pepsi Family Center, which was broken down. But one of the nice employees was kind enough to show us around.

It's supposed to be like a time machine, taking you back to the 1800s in the New Bern area.
I love their return/exit sign!

And that was our New Bern, North Carolina excursion for the day!