The kids and I went on a day trip yesterday toward the coast of NC to the town of New Bern to check out some historical sites. I had never been there before and it’s been on my list of places to visit for the ten years that we’ve lived in this state. I called Gretchen to see if she wanted to ditch school and bring her kids to go with us, and she politely informed me that it’s not called “ditching school”, it’s called a “field trip” and she’d be happy to come along.
She had never been to New Bern either, so we were kinda’ flying by the seat of our GPS, but I wasn’t worried because a) the town’s not that big; and b) Who cares? We were out of the house. We decided on hitting the highlights – Tryon Palace, the colonial capital of NC, as well as a visit to the drugstore where Pepsi was invented.
Truth be told, I was also hoping to run into Nicholas Sparks so I could tell him of my Official Sparks Boycott because I’m so tired of him killing off everyone’s love interest in every ding dang book of his that I read.
The Pepsi place was interesting, and the kids enjoyed sitting on the bar stools and watching the proprietor dispense their drinks. He was very nice and did not kick us out when the boys ordered “Three Cokes, please”.
He politely informed them that….
From there we went to lunch at the Cow Cafe, a little sandwich and ice cream shop on the town square. They make their own ice cream on the premises and I had hoped to let the kids watch them do this through the glass window, but sadly, they weren’t running the machines while we were there. It didn’t stop us from eating.
The kids had ice cream for dessert, but Gretchen and I went next door to Port City Java where we got our ice cream in caffeinated liquid form and in a grande to-go cup. Did I mention we didn’t factor in the cold and windy weather when we decided to grab our six kids and go on a day long walkabout?
We spent the rest of the afternoon walking around Tryon Palace (think Williamsburg on a much smaller scale), running laps around the courtyard while we waited for our tour to start (Gretchen and I won our respective heats, thank you very much), and wandering the intricate mazes in the gardens. The kids most enjoyed climbing the cannons and pretending to blow each other’s heads off.
On the recommendation of the security guard, we ended our day with dinner at the 37th Street Pizzaria where we managed to not scare off all the other patrons as we trooped in with our clan.
And a great time was had by all.
Have a nice day.