After spending some time with my family camping we took a nice road trip to New Bern, NC to visit my old college roommate. Although he lived in the small town of New Bern, NC there was still plenty for us to see and do. Especially while he was off teaching, we went out beaching and at night we all went out drinking.
New Bern is the birthplace of Pepsi, and if you drive around you can see the Pepsi museum in the downtown area. Although we went a little bit of a different direction when checking out what to drink in New Bern. We first filled our bellies at MJ’s Raw Bar where we enjoyed delicious seafood to prep us for the night, I had jumbo shrimp that were about as big as I was. I can still taste them….MmMMmm
It's hard to see but if you look really hard you can see the dog
After the food we checked out a bar called TBM where two dogs were either visiting or regular customers. I’m not sure but the way that dog sat at that bar and ordered itself a drink, I’d say he was a regular (Sorry for the blurriness of the photo). Next we wandered off to the Harvey Mansion which has a quaint pub in the basement. This house was a stronghold during the Civil War and today it serves as a bed and breakfast upstairs and a Cheers like bar below. The only downside is that its NC and its a basement which means its hot. As you stumble around the downtown main street you’ll notice that their are bears everywhere…and they are dressed in funny outfits too. Supposedly New Bern is named after a Swiss town that means bear, which I can get but why that furry bastard has his tongue out all the time I’m not sure.
Another thing you may notice while downtown is the huge mansion. We found our way back downtown a different night to enjoy an amazing free concert at the Tryon Palace with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra. They played over a dozen songs in a quick 1 hour tour around the world. The best part is that it was all free to enjoy, and listening to the soft sounds of the orchestra as I looked out the the water was enough to have me drifting off in a lullaby lull of happiness.
As for our daytime activities, we checked out the local stores and cuisine, North Carolinians like their BoJangles. Which to me seemed no more than a glorified KFC, although I guess in this case it would be NCFC. Either way the only thing that gave it any kind of quality was the sweet tea, but then again sweet tea is a southern thing and they do it right. Each sip took me back to my visit to New Orleans and that delicious tea goodness. When we weren’t eating and shopping we were lounging out at Atlantic Beach which is located about 20 minutes from New Bern. There is Indian Beach further down on one end and a military base on the other. I’m guessing there are a lot of bases in the area because it is filled with with soldiers or sailors or whatever they were. But back to the beach, well what can I say it was a nice clean beach, it had sand, oh and the ocean too. Compared to where I grew up, next to Lake Erie this was a vast improvement.
So if you ever find yourself down in New Bern, NC don’t go off and hibernate, go out, explore and have a beary good time. (OK no more bear puns I promise)
…..Something about honey @(^_^)@
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