Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Now that I've hit the big 2-3...

In an effort to consolidate blog posts from various blogs I have had over the years, this post was transferred to this blog on October 27, 2015. They contain records and milestones of my family to look back on in later years.

Yesterday morning, my husband and I packed up and headed to New Bern to meet up with his parents, and from there we all headed to Harker’s Island to take a ferry over to Cape Lookout. I am almost ashamed to admit that I have lived here now for 4 years and had never been to Harker’s Island.

A couple of things really fascinated me on this trip, and I wish I had taken my camera. The first was seeing horses eating grass on a tiny little island in the ocean, separated from the larger island that I now know is be called Shackleford Banks.

Shackleford Banks horse (via Google Images)
The second fascinating thing was how gorgeous the Cape Lookout lighthouse appeared when standing on the beach on the ocean side of the outer banks and looking inland. It was breathtaking.

Cape Lookout Lighthouse (via Google Images)

After our Cape Lookout trip, we headed back to my in-laws house, showered, and went out for a lovely dinner. The next morning (which happened to be my birthday), we had a quick breakfast and my mother-in-law took me out to tour Tryon Palace.

Tyron Palace in New Bern, North Carolina (via Google Images)
I had wanted to see the palace ever since I found out it existed (only 3 years ago) and so for my birthday, we went there. It was fun doing the whole tourist thing and learning about the history of early North Carolina. I particularly liked how the people who worked at the palace doing the tours were in character. I got to meet "Governor Tryon" himself and he even asked me if I wanted to play the harpsichord in his Council Chamber (hardly anybody else was touring the place that morning so there was a lot of interaction with the palace people). I chickened out because I hate performing anything… music or speech. So he played a little tune instead and it was lovely. I was disappointed to hear that the palace is a reconstructed version of the original, since the original burned down. However, I guess I shouldn’t be disappointed in history since there is nothing I can do about it anyway. Having a reconstructed palace is better than having no palace, right? The “palace” was pretty cool though. When we headed into the kitchen house, the people in there were in character too. There was this one older woman who was supposed to be working with the laundry upstairs but hung out with the cook all day. I can’t remember her characters name but she was so gossipy. She kept snickering to me about the Isaac fellow who works across the hall and how he’s engaged to a girl of a prominent family and she doesn’t like Isaac because she thinks he is against the King, etc. Her gossiping was really making me uncomfortable and I had to keep reminding myself that this was all just an act and part of her being in character. I can’t imagine having to be around a real person like that all day.

For lunch, my mother-in-law and I met up with my husband and my father-in-law for lunch at a Japanese place where they cooked the food right in front of you. It was really neat to watch and the food was delicious. When the restaurant found out it was my birthday, they came out with a pink frosted cupcake with a candle in it and sang me happy birthday in English and in Japanese to the beat of a drum. That part was strange, but whatever. The cupcake was still yummy.

It was an enjoyable weekend getaway for my 23rd birthday.

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