After a quick un-packing we took one glance at the sky and decided it wouldn't be a beach day. We decided to check out the area and go to the grocery store. I had already done a little bit of research on the area and knew there was a winery about 2 miles away from our campground. I suggested it and surprisingly, RNH was all for it! We took off down the road and visited the Silver Coast Winery. I'll blog about it later when I open up a bottle of Calabash White we bought. It was a TON of fun! RNH and I did our first (EVER!) official wine tasting. I was kinda nervous at first but I told the wine host that it was my first time and he made us feel real relaxed... Especially after a few shots of wine! I can't even remember the old man's name, but he was really sweet. Turns out RNH knows the guy from somewhere. They both know the same people from Lexington and Southern Pines area, but can't really place a finger on how they know each other. Small world. But we really enjoyed the wine. We did a full tasting of the reds and whites for $10 and got to keep the Silver Coast Winery wine glass! Like I said, I'll tell more about that when I pop the cork on a bottle we bought. Oh- and I let the wine go straight to my head and ended up blabbing my loose lips to some local high school football coach and his wife. RNH talks to him about coaching high school football (since RNH used to do that) and the coach has a Pitt t-shirt on. I begin to blab about how my dad played for Penn State for a "hot minute" until he broke his finger. And how my cousin is a current pitcher for them, oh except it doesn't really matter because I don't know my cousins because we don't talk to them because my dad isn't a good person, blah, blah BLAH. Yeah. RNH kinda stares at me with an open fishy-mouth like Did you really just say all that? On that note he says a quick goodbye and leads me to his truck. Oooopsy!We end up going to the grocery store, changing into something a bit nicer and taking off for our most favorite seafood restaurant EVER. EVER. Dockside in Calabash, NC. Calabash is not only a sea-side town in North Carolina, on the border of South Carolina, it is also a style of seafood. Calabash means that it is lightly breaded and fried, and delicious! If we're staying within 30 minutes of this place, we try to go. The fun thing about this restaurant too, is the docks and boats you can admire while waiting for your name to be called. And believe me- there will be a wait. No matter what. But it is totally worth it!
After dinner we decided to take a night-time walk on the beach. I completely forgot to warn RNH that Sunset beach has a one-lane bridge that you have to cross to get to the ocean. The bridge actually opens quite often for boats to pass through. So of course we get to the bridge and it takes about 15 minutes for it to be our turn to cross. This drives RNH insane. Once across and over to the ocean finally, we take a wonderful walk in the sand. Loved every minute of it! Then back home where we slept peacefully in our Kabin. That is until RNH wakes up in the middle of the night to barf up his $16 dinner. At first he wants to blame it on the fish- and realizes that we ate at Dockside. Nope- can't blame it on our most favorite restaurant EVER!!! So we decided that it was the multiple flavors of wine we had earlier in the day, and then topping it with a bunch of fried food- not good! I wasn't feeling too hot either, but drank some water before bed (instead of beer like he did!) The next day we woke up feeling pretty good, despite the mixture of drinks and seafood from the night before, and decided to go on a bike ride. We ended up crossing the street from the KOA and found ourselves riding through a multi-million dollar retirement golf community. It was a very cute, very nice place. We got worried someone would call us in to the police. We did a ride-through and made it out safely.
In the neighborhood there were speed limit signs posted and then a sign telling you to brake for Fox Squirrels. I'd heard of them, but didn't really know much about them. I came across one and had to hit my handlebar brakes because the darn thing skipped out in front of me. I tried to snap a few pictures of it because it was the weirded looking thing I've ever seen! It looked like a miniature panda bear in the "heat of the moment." But once the excitement died down, and I look back at the pictures, it just looks like a black squirrel. Maybe the previous day's wine was still in my system...
After getting home and doing a little "googling," I find out that this monkey-looking thing is really just a regular Fox Squirrel, like the one you'd find in your backyard, they just "come in black" in some locations. Haha.