Thursday, October 29, 2009

Off the Beaten Path....

First, our location: New Bern, NC..........

We're about 25 miles off the Intracoastal Waterway up the Neuse River in North Carolina. This is a cozy little town that is growing very fast--something different form a lot of other towns along our southerly route. It's clean, has good medical facilities, shopping and tons of history. We have not checked out the housing situation yet. New Bern was founded in 1710 by the German Baron Christopher DeGraffenreid. He was from Bern, Germany, hence, New Bern. In German, Bern means Bear, so the bear is the towns mascot. Just like Bern is the capital of Germany, New Bern was North Carolina's first capital. Retirees are the principal new inhabitants here. Fishing and sailing are also very popular here, being located at the juncture of two rivers--the Trent and the Neuse. We're currently docked at the New Bern Grand Marina located at the Hilton Hotel and Conference Center. It used to be a Sheraton property, and all the tourist info still labels it as such. But it's not.

Steve and Di Koch were aboard for a couple of days. We always enjoy having them aboard--loads of fun and laughs. And, Steve completed a few maintaince items that have been nagging Norm for a while, including the installation of a digital TV antenna. Here's Steve crawling out of the bilge--he was not doing anything related to the TV here. But, with the new antenna, Vicki is now assured that if ABC is receivable, she won't miss her favorite show "Dancing with the Stars". We found a great Thai restaurant last night. It is called "Thai Thai". It was unaminous amoung the four of us that it was truly the best Thai food we have every tasted.

We got some time today to do a bit of touring. We saw the Firemans Museum. It was great. At one time, just after the Civil War the northern's that settled here started up a volunteer fire dept. Not to be outdone, the southerner's started one two. So, at one time there were two. When a fire broke out they both would respond and get into fisticuffs to see who would actually put the fire out. Of course, the place was burning down while this skirmish took place.
Did you know that New Bern is the birthplace of Pepsi Cola? It is and we visited the pharmacy soda fountain where it all started.

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