Today me and my daughter Stephanie went to our favorite place at the Cotton Exchange in Wilmington, NC and did something we have been wanting to do for years. We got on the boat The Henrietta III and took a one and a half hour tour down the Cape Fear River. They also served a light buffet lunch with ham, turkey, roast beef, cheese, salad, potato salad, bread and tea…oh also some chocolate chip cookies. We did a tour up the river and under the Cape Fear Bridge then a ways farther, then turned around and ate lunch on the way back. It was really fun.
Then once that was over we went into a few shops in the Cotton Exchange and it was all I could do to keep my credit card in my pocketbook. The thing about the shops in the cotton exchange is that they are so unique. We went to the bead shop that Kaitlyn loved so much as a little girl. They have every type of bead imaginable.
We went into another shop we had never been in before, I forgot the name of it, but it had so many beautiful, unique things in it and 90 percent of that store held things that reminded us of Kaitlyn and her wonderful taste in all things. We went into an art store where there are paintings from local artists, prints and originals, and we talked of Kaitlyn and her love of drawing, feeling so sad that she will never draw again.
Stephanie and I had such a good time, but as always, Kaitlyn was at the forefront of our thoughts and in our hearts and in our words, and we took her with us to all the places she loved.
It was a very fun day.
Below: The Battleship North Carolina used in WWII. Now permanantly docked on the river.
Below: Going down the river. Historical Wilmington on the banks.
Below: My daughter Stephanie.
Below: About to go under The Cape Fear Bridge.
Below: The Henrietta III
Below and next pic: In between buildings at The Cotton Exchange. These buildings are VERY old, some dating back to the revolutionary times and some at least back to the early 1800s. Many shops revitalized but still have retained that historical feel. We LOVE this area.