Friday, May 30, 2014

Look At What You Do To Me

In the midst of all the packing and getting ready to move it was so nice to get away for an anniversary trip we had planned to Bath, Greenville and Little Washington, North Carolina. 



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We started our trip with Melody playing and a visit with Witt's grandmother in Wilson and then headed up to Greenville. We checked into our hotel, had a delicious gin and tonic, my favorite summer drink, and then went to eat at The Carolina Ale House. 

After dinner we walked around the water front near ECU and then relaxed at the hotel. 



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The next morning we headed out to find a cute breakfast spot but nothing was open so we decided to grab some snacks and head to Aurora, NC. 

Witt planned for us to go the Fossil Musuem on a recommendation from his friend and when I looked up the hours there was supposed to be a festival that weekend as well. The tiny town of Aurora had the museum and a Piggly Wiggly and...that was it! 

We had planned to find a seafood restaurant for lunch but since there weren't any, we
 got a cold drink at the Piggly Wiggly and drove on into Bay View, NC. 

We stopped at a tiny restaurant near the water which turned out to be delicious. I had the best scallops and Witt had fried clam strips. After we ate we walked by the water which was pretty and clustered with old fishing boats.



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It got super hot out so I changed into a dress in the park bathroom and then we headed back to Aurora to check out the museum.

 Aurora has a huge phosphorus mine so while mining they have found thousands of fossils from all different kinds of sea life. The most interesting were the pre-historic sharks that are now extinct. Looking at their teeth which were the size of a salad plate was pretty amazing. They fed on whales which is terrifying.

 Outside the museum they had piles of rock from the mine that you could dig through and look for sharks teeth which Witt had a blast doing. I watched him find tooth after tooth. 



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Since there was really no festival except some empty tents from the day before we decided to leave and catch the ferry to Bath. I read the ferry times wrong and we ended up at the ferry 2 hours before it was supposed to leave. We could have easily gone back to Aurora but there was nothing else there so I was super irritated and it was hot but there was nothing to do but wait.

 So we got out some snacks and found some shade at a picnic bench and read magazines and enjoyed the pretty day. After all, it's about being together.


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When we got to Bath I was totally in love. 

It's the oldest city in North Carolina and the cottage Witt's friends were letting us stay in was right on the water front. When we arrived we saw his friend Dave and Dave's cousin Earl sitting on the front porch drinking a gin and tonic waiting for us. Dave is in his 80's and Earl in his 90's and they are still traveling all over America having just gotten back from Washington, DC. They were fun and we had a drink with them and talked for a bit before they showed us around and then left. 

I made alfredo pasta with shrimp for dinner and then afterwards we walked to the water's edge and watched the sunset and it was beautiful.



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The next morning we woke up and ate a quick breakfast and then rode the bikes we found in the cottage around the historic city of Bath. That was probably my favorite part of the whole trip. It was still cool in the morning and the town was just so lazy and peaceful and it was fun to ride by the water and see the old homes and the old graveyards. 

I had to change into shorts by mid-morning because it got hot but we kept riding and then sat by the water where Witt found another pile of rocks from the mine and more sharks teeth. 




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The oldest church in North Carolina.



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I didn't want to leave Bath but we wanted to check out Little Washington so we packed up and left the adorable cottage and drove on. Little Washington was on the river front and very pretty. I found a beautiful piece of pottery in a local shop made by a local artist but since it was Memorial Day we couldn't find anywhere to eat that was open so we headed out. We stopped on the way home for lunch and then swung back by Witt's Grandmother's to get his sunglasses he'd left and chatted with her for a bit.


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This was one of my favorite trips we've been on, maybe partly because I feel so happy about where we are right now. I'm really proud of us these past four years.

We've worked so hard to get where we are and done things that weren't easy or fun. And now everything is changing and there are fresh starts everywhere I look. A new job looming for me, our hopeful adorable house on 507 Central Ave and a whole lifetime of memories to make ahead. 

I couldn't be happier to spend it with the man I love.






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