A few days before Christmas, it was gray and rainy. I am grateful for rain because I know it's needed, but I admit sunshine cheers me more. Christmas day was lovely, and we saw the forecast was going to be nice at the beach for the weekend. So Christmas night - around 9:30 - we got back from my sister's house, and I made online reservations for a small motel on the Cape Fear River at Southport. We had stayed there back in April, and enjoyed the location very much.
So we headed out Friday morning and arrived in Wrightsville Beach (pictured above). I walked there while Andrew got in a nice bike ride. Later we headed to Southport where we stayed much of the next day and a half (two nights).
Saturday we drove over to Caswell Beach which is where we sat for awhile and I decided to put my feet in the water. 'Twas cold!
Both nights we watched the sunset over the Cape Fear River in Southport (below). Several other people gathered to enjoy it as well.
At night we would dress warmly, and walk around the streets to see the houses lit up for Christmas. I didn't take very many photos of them, but they looked festive!
Today we stayed around Southport for morning walks and Andrew took a bike ride. I talked to some people on the pier and around the swings each day. Met folks from New York, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Raleigh, and "here."
We went to Wrightsville Beach for another walk before we headed home. The temperature was in the low seventies, and we sat along the marina watching the boats on the intracoastal waterway. We were just getting ready to leave for home when Andrew saw this boat about to tip over. It did. So we stayed to watch the rescue. The men were fine, but their handmade boat took on some water and when we left, they were trying to remedy that.
What a great after-Christmas trip!