R’s and P’s
Growing up I remember we could only eat oysters from September through April, months with the letter “R”. Now, thanks to overnight international shipping, you can probably get oysters year round. If you like fresh seafood, the most delicious local oysters, and an amazing prime rib, when you visit Southport, NC, Mr. P’s is a must!
Southport, North Carolina
This charming little town, winter population ~2,500, was the filming location for the 2013 romance, Safe Haven. Thanks to Amazon streaming, we watched the family friendly chick flick, recognizing most of the background locations. The film was a little sappy for Rick’s taste, but at least it ended with a delightful twist.
Some swing bridges open only upon request. Figure Eight was supposed to open on the hour, every hour, from 7 am until 7 pm. BUT it didn’t really work like that; we arrived 10 minutes before the hour and then waited, impatiently, until 15 minutes after the hour. Hailing on channels 16, 13, 10 and 9 yielded no response. Thankfully there was a phone number listed in Active Captain. Rick thinks the Bridge Dude was still sleeping …
Figure Eight Island Bridge
Play Date for Maddie
In Wrightsville Beach Maddie invited fellow boat dog, Sammy, to come aboard. Sammy let his boat mates, Dr. Will and Halcyon, hang out as well. By the way, Mo, Craig is still growing out his beard … inspired by Dr. Will and beloved idol, Dave Letterman.
At the pace of 7 knots, you can enjoy the random views along the way.
Next stop: Craig is running the boat today while Rick tries to repair the freezer (protecting the ice cream). Possibly near Swansboro, NC.