These have definitely been trying times due to the COVID Pandemic. Social distancing wasn't so hard at first, I'm an introvert by nature, however, I love nature. Especially from Spring through the Fall. Now that the weather has warmed up and despite the occasional rain, the days have been exceptionally beautiful. While I am blessed to be able to work from home, I must say I was starting to feel trapped like a rat!. The walls were closing in and I was running out of furniture to refinish.
Now in case I haven't mentioned it before, I live in Goldsboro, which locally is famous for Busco Beach. Busco Beach is basically a four-wheelers dream and folks actually camp out and spend the whole weekend around the holidays (Memorial Day, 4th of July, etc). However, since I wrecked my bike last year (I'm in search of a new one), Busco Beach isn't really my cup of tea. Go to watch everyone else have fun, No!
Anyway, to keep myself from painting the house or re-seeding the lawn (front and back yard), I decided to make a break for it. Destination: New Bern, NC. I grabbed my handy dandy KN95 mask, a box of gloves and extra hand sanitizer (just in case), threw some ice in the cooler and I was off
By now you may be asking yourself 'Why New Bern?'. Well why not? It's absolutely beautiful. Now I admit, I'm not really a water person unless I'm fishing off the pier. However, the beaches are always packed on Memorial Day weekend in NC from North to South. Due to COVID, there are still a lot of places closed to the public. I never go to the beach on Memorial Day weekend, but I had this hankering to be near the water. New Bern seemed like the logical choice. 1) It's on the water but not the beach. 2) It's beautiful and historic. 3) It's a hidden gem so it's not over-crowded. 4) It's the birthplace of Pepsi!!
New Bern (founded 1710 by German and Swiss settlers) is the second oldest town in NC. Just as Raleigh has its wolves (or had), in New Bern you will see Bears of many colors. One of the many historic homes in New Bern is Tryon Palace (though according to their website they are currently closed due to COVID-19). I was surprised to see several people out enjoying the weather and water. Several families strolling the Riverwalk, relaxing in the waterfront park, out on boat and dining in the streets. Yes, that's what I said. I thought it was quite innovative actually. The main section of street downtown was closed to traffic as restaurants had tables and tents set up in the street for patrons to dine for the evening. Though Tryon Palace is closed, you can still stroll through the section of town where the historic homes are located. It's something to do to get out of the house. There were no tours at this time, so my daughter and I were the only two strolling along the historic district (how's that for social distancing).
I hope to have another adventure to share with you soon. North Carolina is so full of natural beauty. There are many gems throughout the state, especially when you look off the beaten path. COVID-19 has changed the way we live, but there are still places to enjoy without being in crowds. I hope to share more of these place with you in the coming months as we get through this together and emerge even stronger in spite of.