Wilmington, North Carolina

March 3rd

Armored Personnel Carrier on display in Camp Lejune Marine Corps Base.

Falling down barn across the Cape Fear River from old downtown Wilmington.

Sissy aboard the U.S.S. North Carolina.

John aboard the U.S.S. North Carolina. The rugrats are not ours!

Leaving Emerald Isle enroute to Kelly, we took a side trip through Camp Lejune Marine Corps Base and then to Wilmington and the U.S.S. North Carolina Battleship. Willie had told us about the shortcut through the base. He also told us to watch out for the tanks crossing the roadway. Just think, back home you only have to watch out for deer crossing the highway. The trip through the Camp was long and beautiful. There is some prime real estate here; unspoiled by commercial businesses and residential homes.

On the way to Wilmington, Sissy told me to stop at a farm house that was getting ready to fall down so she could get a picture. We saw plenty of them because they never tear anything down around here, but we couldn't stop in time for a pic. We did see one just outside of the U.S.S. North Carolina Battleship, and she was able to get a pic there. It was just across the river from old downtown Wilmington. You can see the river boat in the background.

We're sure glad we never had to serve on this ship, and are grateful to those who did! What small and confined spaces they had to eat, sleep and work while fighting the war. The tour was self guided, and we could just about go anywhere on the ship we wanted to. There were off limit areas, but for the most part the entire ship was open for visiting.

It was a warm, humid and windy day outside. Inside the ship, it was hot and humid, and John had to go topside to catch his breath. We were able to see all of the ship however, because he didn't want to leave until we had experienced the entire thing.

The State of North Carolina has done a wonderful job preserving our history by bringing this ship to Wilmington for all to see. You may pay more as a visitor, but the citizens of the state paid in advance for the work to be done on the ship prior to arrival. We thought the entrance fee was a little steep ($8.00 each), but in the long run it was worth it.

John & Sissy EXCLUSIVE RATINGS: (1 bad - good 10)

  • Campground - N/A
  • People - 7
  • Roads - 6
  • Scenery - 9
  • Traffic - 4
  • Things to Do - 6
  • Weather - 5

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