North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores 2/7/2014

FEBRUARY 7, 2014 (Friday)

 

Woke up to beautiful, glorious SUNSHINE! Couldn’t wait to get out into it.  Also, Michael’s foot is feeling much better and he’s ready to get outside!

Nice sunshine to start the day.

Nice sunshine to start the day.

We did laze around until about 12:30 PM. We went to the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. It’s less than five miles from our “home.” It was quite lovely, small, but lovely. We got to see sharks, turtles, alligators, all kinds of fish, and even got to pet a stingray. What fun. Very nice people working there, especially the ex-Marine selling the photographs. We all enjoyed it a lot and would recommend it.

The Aquarium entrance.

The Aquarium entrance.

Beautiful fish fountain out front.

Beautiful fish fountain out front.

Edie's eyes always spot the flower.

Edie’s eyes always spot the flower.

Lex on a turtle.

Lex on a turtle.

Edie almost wiping out while mounting the turtle.

Edie almost wiping out while mounting the turtle.

 

Finally got her act together.

Finally got her act together.

 

Turtle

Turtle

Liked his or her pretty red head.

Liked his or her pretty red head.

 

Dad and daughter in the jaws of death.

Dad and daughter in the jaws of death.

 

Simulated waterfall, emphasizing how many waterfalls are in North Carolina.

Simulated waterfall, emphasizing how many waterfalls are in North Carolina.

 

Mountain stream simulation.

Mountain stream simulation.

River Otters.

River otters.

 

Pretty woman and her daughter at a turtle crossing.

Pretty woman and her daughter at a turtle crossing.

Gators.

Gators.

Crawdad.

Crawdad.

 

Long noses.

Long noses.

Touch a ray pool, hope that guy next to pretty woman isn't named Ray.

Touch a ray pool.  Hope that guy next to pretty woman isn’t named Ray.

 

Rays, with stinger removed.

Rays, with stinger removed.

 

Shell fish.

Shell fish.

Pretty blue...

Pretty blue…

 

Shark!

Shark!

SHARK!!!

SHARK!!!

 

Green Sea Turtle.

Green sea turtle.

Lobster.

Lobster.

Pretty

Pretty

Pretty

Pretty

 

Lionfish, not native but from the Indian Ocean, they think freighters brought enough they are now breeding without predators.

Lionfish, not native, from the Indian Ocean.  They think freighters brought enough they are now breeding without predators.

 

Interesting graphic on all the known shipwrecks.

Interesting graphic on all the known shipwrecks.

 

Edie and Lex shopping.

Edie and Lex shopping.

We were getting hungry, so on the way home we stopped at Michelangelo’s Pizza. It’s really close to our home and in the same shopping center as Food Lion. Lexi and I got ravioli and Michael got a slice of cheese pizza and a salad. I know my food was good, and Lexi seemed to eat all of hers (so I suspect she liked it), and Michael said his was good. 

My salad.

My salad.

Lighthouse motif.

Lighthouse motif.

Pirate at the counter.

Pirate at the counter.

 

Edie's ravioli.

Edie’s ravioli.

Lex's ravioli with garlic knot.

Lex’s ravioli with garlic knot.

My petite cheese slice.

My petite cheese slice.

Lexi wanted to be dropped off at “home” so she could get ready for her date tonight. She met another guy on line (Plenty of Fish). A Marine from California, stationed near here. Hope he’s not a serial killer and is nice. This is the first one who is driving to meet her, normally she drives to see them. I like that he’s doing most of the work this time, and even wants to take her to dinner.

We dropped Lexi off and then continued on down the island to Fort Macon. It was much closer than I thought it would be (less than ten miles). On the way there we saw a cute little possum that looked lost. Hope it finds its mommy. We didn’t get to see the Fort, but we did get a good feel for the area with all the colorful houses. We just enjoyed the drive and the time with each other.

Civil war history here.

Civil war history here.

Fort Macon cannon.

Fort Macon cannon.

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Brick fort.

Brick fort.

Pretty pastels.

Pretty pastels.

Many homes.

Many homes. All look like second homes.

Union solders landed here.

Union solders landed here.

Lots of trail signs.

Lots of trail signs.

 

Our resort private beach access route.

Our resort private beach access route.

 

I am sure it is expensive.  They seem to take it seriously.

I am sure it is expensive. They seem to take it seriously.

 

Our building.

Looking back at our building.

Halfway to the beach a protected sitting area.

Halfway to the beach a protected sitting area.

Looking south.

Looking South.

Also looking south/

Also looking South.

The shells are in sections.

The shells are in sections.

 

Dog

Dog?

Can't get used to cars on the beaches.

Can’t get used to cars on the beaches. Birds too.

South

Looking North

 

Looking East.

Looking East.

 

Pelicans skimming the water looking for food.

Pelican skimming the water looking for food.

We are now home. Getting ready to pack up for the move tomorrow. That was our day. Hope yours was great!

 

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