This morning we headed to the coast for a weekend getaway before Jacob deploys. Our first stop of the day was the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.
Lexie, there's a big fish behind you!!
A sign just for Nick.
It's a small aquarium that focuses on the marine life in the Cape Fear River and off of the coast of North Carolina.
Christopher learned all about horseshoe crabs. He was okay touching the shell but didn't want anything to do with touching the legs!
A giant hermit crab.
Christopher the Crab!
When Nick got in he growled really loudly and scared a little girl that was walking by.
Christopher and Nicholas
We were surprised to learn that over 50 species of sharks call the North Carolina coast home including tiger sharks and hammerheads.
The pretty jellyfish.
Lexie with "Al"ligator. She saw the albino version of the alligator she already has and HAD to have it. Good thing her Daddy's a pushover.
We walked along the boardwalk outside of the aquarium and enjoyed the views. There was a great bird habitat and marshlands with turtles and fish.
Turtles relaxing in the afternoon.
The grey squirrel- the state mammal of North Carolina.
Christopher with the storm surge pole. He stands about 7 feet above sea level- during Hurricane Bonnie the water was up to 8 feet above sea level.
And during Hurricane Hazel (in the 1950s) it was up to 17 feet.
Al needed a drink after out trip to the aquarium.
After our fun at the aquarium we headed north up the coast. Our first stop was the Fort Fisher Recreation Area. It sits on the site of the Civil War Battle of Fort Fisher (there were actually two separate battles- one in 1864 and one in 1865). Fort Fisher was the last major coastal stronghold of the Confederacy and three months after the fall of Fort Fisher, the Civil War came to an end.
The beach at FFRA.
The kids thought these were weird looking birds- I guess we don't make it to the beach often enough!
We continued our drive up the coast through Kure and Carolina Beach and into Wrightsville Beach. We checked out the shops and walked in the sand (it was too cold to play in the water) before heading to dinner.
The pier at Wrightsville Beach
Lexie inhaling the salsa at Tower Seven.