Jeff’s Boat- OIB


We have decided to partake in a travel challenge. Our plan is 100 NC counties, 50 states and 15 countries before Cobey graduates in 2020.  We have a few rules. We are not redoing states or countries. Driving through a state does not count. You have to eat something and do something. The same goes for the counties. The kids will be ranking the counties as we go and they can consider things we have done in the past in the county. I hope you will follow along with us on the adventure.

We started with Brunswick County because that is where my brother lives and we were in town for his birthday. We have been to many good restaurants at Ocean Isle Beach and Oak Island. We have also been many time to the Museum of Coastal Carolina at Ocean Isle Beach. It is a great small science and history museum. We have even climbed the scary lighthouse at Oak Island and explored the Fort Caswell. For this trip we decided to focus on Southport.  We started at the Visitor Center which is at Fort Johnston. After checking out the small museum which has some cool movie artifacts we decided on a golf cart tour.


We went with the Southport Fun Tours which lived up to their name. The tour had a lot of information about movies and TV shows have been filmed in the area. The tour also had a lot of information about the history of the area. There is history back to the Native Americans and lots of Civil War history. It was a great balance and kept us all entertained. I highly recommend this tour. We headed for Provisions for lunch but the line was too  long and we were starving so we ended up at Fishy Fish. I really love the decor and atmosphere but the service and food were not great.  I had the worse peel and eat shrimp that I have ever had.  Cobey and Claire liked their meals better but it was not over the top. I guess we should have waited for Provisions. We walked around downtown and took a photo with a tree that the Native Americans used to mark a trail. We then headed back to OIB. Southport is a really cool quaint town that is worth a visit. Check it out!

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OIB Thanksgiving Weekend

Posted by Carmen Ledford on Friday Nov 2, 2012 Under Claire, Cobey, Kid's Corner, North Carolina, Travel

Several years ago we started the tradition of having Thanksgiving at the beach at my brothers. It has become one of my favorite weekends of the year and I always look forward to it. My birthday is on the 21st so we usually celebrate my birthday also during the weekend. We usually have my favorite meal which is Frogmore Stew named after a little town in Frogmore, SC. There are no frogs involved. It is also called Low Country Boil. We had that on Wednesday night for my birthday and it was great. Thursday I was sick so I missed Thanksgiving meal but I heard that was also good. Friday most of the crew left to go watch ECU football and I stayed and scrapbooked. Saturday is the parade during the day. We have entered several years but this year we did not get around to it but watch out next year because we have  a plan to decorate the golf cart. And then Saturday night is the grand finale with the flotilla. For eight years, my brother has entered a boat in the flotilla and he has often won the grand prize. He is very talented and the boats are awesome. This year he did a pirate ship and the crowd was amazed when they figured out it was a fishing boat. No pre-made things for Jeff! He starts his boat from scratch and it begins with elaborate drawings on paper. The flotilla is one of my favorite Christmas traditions and  the best time to be at OIB is not the middle of summer but Thanksgiving weekend.

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