Carolina Shore - Ocean, Seafood, History & More!

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    Thanks for the link - was aware of its past existence but knew little of the history - interesting article w/ some great pics! Dave :)
     
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    Boat Ride on Cape Fear River - Wilmington Waterfront - Port of Wilmington

    Downtown Wilmington ends on the banks of the Cape Fear River - shops, restaurants, carriage & boat rides are readily available - last year we took the boat company shown below (first pic) and rode north (previous posts in this thread) - this time we picked another boat for a 60 minute narrated tour which first headed north w/ great views of the Wilmington waterfront, a Coast Guard ship, and the USS North Carolina, a famous WWII battleship (see several pics - one older one from web before restoration equipment obscured the view of the ship - also quote summarizing the ships achievements).

    The tour boat then headed south and highlights included a colonial house (moved to site and dating from the late 1700s), passage under the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge (a steel vertical lift structure), and a look at the Port of Wilmington, an important one for the area but certainly not one of the larger United States ports - some description quoted below and plenty of interesting pics, e.g. a large 'wood pulp' pile, several huge ships (Finland and Hong Kong origin), and gigantic cranes used for a variety of purposes, such as container movement, petroleum products, and other commercial items. Dave :)

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    Cape Fear Memorial Bridge

    Just some more discussion of the iconic Wilmington bridge - the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge was completed in 1969 and will soon be 50 years old! Some facts in first pic and quote below; North Carolina's only 'vertical lift' bridge (see pic w/ a Coast Guard masted ship passing underneath the raised bridge). The bridge is rusting, requires expensive maintenance, and will need replacement in the near future - well, the proposed project is called the Cape Fear Skyway (last pic - check link for HIGH COST and location details, if interested). Dave :)

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    Oysters - North Carolina Resurgence

    For those reading this thread who may be visiting the Wilmington area, seafood is certainly one of the main eating attractions - so, just a list of the restaurants we visited this time (changes on each return): 1) Boca Bay Restaurant; 2) Ceviche's Panamanian (first visit); 3) Chop House (first visit); 4) Shuckin' Shack (lunch Carolina Beach); and 5) Brasserie du Sol - Boca Bay Restaurant & Brasserie du Sol are repeated returns.

    Susan and I shared a total of five dozen oysters (raw) and from 8 different locations (Gulf Coast, New England, Virginia, and North Carolina), BUT what was unexpected this time were the number from coastal North Carolina, i.e. 5 different locales, including Stump Bay & Beaufort - this was a thrill for us and is a reflection of the shellfish restoration efforts being made in the state and along the entire east coast of the United States - SO, if an oyster lover, there are now some surprise local offerings!

    Below, just some initial pics on North Carolina oyster industry - finally, our favorite dinner (saved to the last night as we intended) was at the Brasserie du Sol - our usual start is a shared salad and then a shared shellfish tower, i.e. Plateaux De Fruits De Mer, as seen in the pics below - a three tiered tower loaded w/ the items listed - the dozen oysters were 3 types, 4 each from North Carolina x 2 & Connecticut Long Island Sound - we may have to return in the spring and repeat the dinner! :) Dave
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    Hurricane Florence Now Devastating the Carolina Coast and Moving Inland Toward Us!

    Hurricane Florence has been stalled along the Carolina coast and dumping historic amounts of water (measured in feet) causing massive flooding, power outages, fallen trees, and property damage. Virtually all coastal communities in North Carolina are affected - many of which have been discussed in this thread. Landfall was Wrightsville Beach/Wilmington (we were planning to visit in a few months?). Pics below of a number of the towns flooded, including historic New Bern.

    The storm is heading inland and will impact us in Winston-Salem mainly today and tomorrow and will also cause coastal damage along the South Carolina coast - Myrtle Beach being affected now. We are expecting wind (likely 20 - 30 mph w/ gusts) and 3-6 inches of rain (just hard to predict) - our main worry will be basement flooding and possibly falling trees - still have power and hoping for the best. Dave :)
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    I hope there won't be many more deaths. This disaster will cost billions and take years to rebuild.
     
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    Well, the current estimate seems to be hovering around $170,000,000,000 as shown below (LINK) potentially making Florence the most costly hurricane in US history - hard to believe that this may top Katrina - that estimate was several days ago, so could be even more w/ the way this new storm is stalling on the coast?

    But this disaster has really impacted on the most historic part of North Carolina - the eastern part of the state is still recovering from Matthew's flooding in 2016, so this will indeed be a LONG term recovery. I've been watching the weather channel for the last 4 days and this morning the mayor and a team went onto Wrightsville Beach to assess the damage - seems like the main impact was on the ocean beaches - they saw just one tree down on a house and all the telephone/electric poles were still standing - amazing! We may follow the progress and possibly visit in late October or early November to put some money into the community. Dave :)
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    Hi Scifan.. - thanks for the link - I've been on the Weather Channel as mentioned since the start of this storm - always enjoy their coverage w/ meteorologists being blown around and rained on - plenty of live footage of the many towns affected - in fact, I recognize many of their locales having been there. Dave :)
     
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    Return to Wrightsville Beach - December 3, 2018: Post-Hurricane Florence

    Susan & I usually visit Wrightsville Beach in late September into early November, but Hurricane Florence made landfall in the area on September 14 with devastating winds and record rainfall, even closing several of the major interstate highways (see quote below + link and my previous post). Well, we decided to return after Thanksgiving to see our annual beach retreat, eat at some favorite restaurants, and instill some money into the local economy.

    Much to our relief, Wrightsville Beach suffered little damage - beach erosion was a major problem but the sandy beach at our hotel looks fine (see pics) - of course, beach restoration was done. The daily high temperatures this time of year can be variable from our previous experiences - this week the highs will be in the 50s Fº, a little chillier than expected but we're prepared - will walk the beach, do some in-door activities, and eat well!

    Last night, we ate at one of our favorite places, the Boca Bay Seafood Restaurant - as usual, we shared a dozen mixed raw oysters (6 Bluepoints & 6 Lea Islands) - the latter were new to us but harvested just north of Wilmington on Lea Island (south and adjacent to Topsail Island) - this is an uninhabited Audubon Sanctuary (see second quote + link) - oyster aquaculture (a previous post of mine in this thread) is highly regulated and these likely came from the wetlands shown in one of the pics below of the island. Susan had the daily seafood special which were clams in a risotto - the clams were harvested locally that day and delicious; I had some NC shrimp + sushi, an alternative option at that eatery.

    We'll probably go to the fitness room shortly, then have a light lunch at the hotel, and onto an afternoon activity or two - Dave :)

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