Merchant’s Grocery and Grill New Bern, NC

If you want to take a small-boat trip to a neat local’s breakfast and lunch spot, consider Merchant’s Grocery and Grill which was founded in 1978. Going by dingy is a short ride.    It’s near Croatan National Forest. Three and a half miles from the New Bern Grand Marina, the grocery and grill is just passed the small Brice …

Alex RookerMerchant’s Grocery and Grill New Bern, NC

Oriental NC New Year’s Eve

It was our goal to be in Oriental NC for the New Years Eve running of the dragons.   And make it we did.   We left Yacht A Fun at around a quarter till 7pm.   As a result we found a decent parking spot near the Oriental Inn & Marina complex; which like The Bean Coffee Shop is …

Alex RookerOriental NC New Year’s Eve

New Bern Ghost Walk for Snow Birds

If you happen to be an ICW Snowbird for October 2017, you should consider stopping over in New Bern, NC. The town is very boater friendly and only 22 miles up the Neuse River from Oriental, NC. Diann and I have our Gemini sailing catamaran docked at the New Bern Grand Marina and have enjoyed the variety of aspects on …

Alex RookerNew Bern Ghost Walk for Snow Birds

Aerie Ferry tour images- New Bern NC

Last week I posted about having picked up a captain job for a New Bern, NC based tour boat on the Trent River.   Now, stepping off our Gemini catamaran is often for reasons of introducing local folks and tourists to points of interest on both the Neuse and Trent Rivers. Captain Dave owns the tour company and is seen …

Alex RookerAerie Ferry tour images- New Bern NC

Barbour Boat Works New Bern, NC

One of the pleasures of my position of tour boat captain for Aerie Ferry Tours in New Bern NC is the need to bone up on local history.  Between the rail road swing bridge and the Hwy 70 high rise bridges is the Lawson Creek harbor area.  The basic tour boat talk runs,   “ there once was a commercial boat …

Alex RookerBarbour Boat Works New Bern, NC

New Bern NC Bear Hunt July 6th 2016

Granddaughter Payton came to visit us for the 4th of July weekend and for the balance of the week.  The high point of our visit was the “bear hunt”.  In 2010 some 50 fiberglass bear statues were custom painted and placed about New Bern NC as part of the city’s 300th anniversary. We exited our Gemini catamaran and started our …

Alex RookerNew Bern NC Bear Hunt July 6th 2016

Visiting the Ft Fisher Hermit- Nov 1st 2015

    Sometime in the summer, about 1957, my parents took me on a two week camping trip to Ft. Fisher. I was 5 years old. The first night did not go well as my Dad had staked the tent in sand. Winds picked up, during the night, and collapsed the tent as the stakes were pulled up from the …

Alex RookerVisiting the Ft Fisher Hermit- Nov 1st 2015

Wooden Boat Show- Sept 26th 2015

The Southport Wooden Boat Show was coming to a conclusion when I left our Gemini sailing catamaran Yacht A Fun.   Make it I did, though. The boats were parked at the area close to the old wharf having restaurants including The Provisioning Company and Fishy Fishy. By the time I arrived, close-in parking wasn’t too hard to find. The boats …

Alex RookerWooden Boat Show- Sept 26th 2015

Crane Point- Marathon Fl

Crane Point exceeded my expectations- both in scale of facility and diversity of content. Yes, I read of the “63 acres” and the information concerning two houses and a museum, yet, I wasn’t prepared for the depth of the experience. The museum and information center is in a structure which was built by the Cranes to house their native American …

Alex RookerCrane Point- Marathon Fl

The Turtle Hospital- Marathon Fl

There’s not much drama evident when you pass by the buildings of The Turtle Hospital in Marathon. The buildings, which are former motel structures and a former night club facility, have been painted a soft green color and are obviously well maintained. The parking area is spacious and covered in water absorbing gravel. Inside, however, there is a wondrous amount …

Alex RookerThe Turtle Hospital- Marathon Fl