Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Vacation- Secret #2

Secret #2
Our most favorite beach of all time:
Topsail Island, NC!
Topsail is a barrier island located about 45 minutes
north of Wilmington, NC!
We stumbled across this island 4 years ago,
when I literally opened a map of the United States
and found the town of Surf City.
How can you go wrong visiting a place called Surf City?

Come to find out, you can't!
The island of Topsail is about 26 miles long and
only about a mile wide!
While visiting the local bookstore, the Quarter Moon,
I found this book...
on the history of this little island!
Chance would have it that I was able to
come back to the bookstore later that week to have my
copy signed by the author!

Things we love about Topsail:
1. Beautiful, clean beaches.
2. Plenty of waves to jump and ride to shore.
3. Building sand art.
4. The best fudge you'll ever eat,
made fresh daily, in hundreds of yummy flavors
5. The antiquated island draw bridge,
that doesn't go up....
Instead swings out from the middle
allowing larger ships to pass by!
6. The Turtle Hospital and rescue efforts
made by caring Topsail residents.
This nest was located on our stretch of beach.
Wayne and I spent several evening sitting in the dark
by the ocean side, hoping for an early hatching.
Towards the end of the week, the "nest watcher"
came and built a sand shoot from the nest
out to the ocean!
The "nest watcher" thought the turtles would most likely
hatch two days after we left.
Maybe next year!
While we didn't see baby turtles,
we did see dolphins, sharks and stingrays!
7. Relaxing with a good book on the top deck of the
beach house, with a great view of the ocean!
8. Renting a pontoon for a 4 hour tour!
Even though we hit two rain storms and
got "stuck" a couple times, it truly
was a memory!
During a "potty" break at a local marina,
we met up with some Coast Guard boats.
They allowed the kids to come aboard their
boats and explore!
Above, the gentleman was showing Zac
how they use the "gun" mounted on the front of the boat.
9. Zac and my nephew, Jon Mark, enjoyed
fishing, both on the boat and from one of the
three piers located on the island!
10. Probably on of my favorite things about Topsail,
was the time spent with Wayne and my kids,
with my sister and her family,
and with my mom and dad!

I have one more secret about one of our most favorite
Topsail Island past time!
So stayed tuned!


Katie said...

Well I was way off on the destination and I even lived in NC for 3 years, have Never heard of Topsail Island!!! What a great treasure you have discovered!!! Looks like you and your family really enjoyed yourself!!

When Jonathan was born in NC, we took him at 2 weeks old to Wilmington Beach in FEBRUARY to dip his toes in the ocean ;) said...

Oh, oh...can I have some fudge, please. It sure looks yummy. I know I would be there every day for my sweet treat. I believe I could hear the waves crashing on the beach. How calming it looks! Jude

Wendy said...

What a great post! I couldn't wait to read about each pictures. Looks like you found a great hidden treasure and the perfect vacation...nice and relaxing :)

Sue said...

We are always looking for "new" places to visit. I'm going to have to read up on this looks lovely. You rent a house? Are there hotels or just rentals?

Christine said...

The secret is out now!
Fun...Family...Fascinating...Food...Fishing..Fellowship... Friendly...Flip Flops!
Hope you made your reservations for next already.

Is There Anybody Out There? said...

Thanks Dee Dee.....My wife now wants to visit this new place...NOW! I must admit, it would be worth the trip just for the fudge. I love fudge.

Jeanette said...

DeeDee, What a lovely time. Such a happy post I could see your family's love and joy in each word and image. That place is just beautiful.

Jeanette said...

I had to say I would not mind being stranded on that beach after a four hour cruise!

Carol said...

It all looks so perfect! Glad you had a wonderful time!

corners of my life said...

We went to a family wedding at Topsail in May 2008. We all rented 9 beach houses and spent a great extended week-end together. I have wanted to go back ever since. I loved that it was not commercial like Myrtle Beach. Your photos confirm that you had a wonderful time.

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Deedee~looks like you've found the perfect summers spot for some fun in the sun!
That beach and surf was breathtaking. Growing up by the beaches of So-Cal I've always enjoyed play time in the surf. It's always a bonus to find added attractions to find some delicious treats...fudge is one of the sweet surprises.

Sweet wishes,